Astronomy

Category archives for Astronomy

“When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” -William Shakespeare When I started Messier Monday nearly two years ago, I wanted to…

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.” -James A. Baldwin But each day is a chance for hope, learning something new and experiencing something wonderful. In fact, in just a…

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong When you think about the faintest object in the Messier catalogue…

“Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.” -Louisa May Alcott On Messier Monday, we take a look at one…

“There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.” -Martial There’s nothing worse in the world of science than spending your life working your heart out on a problem… and getting scooped by someone who did your work just a little bit faster and a little bit better. And —…

“But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.” -John Adams Not every swarm is a danger, however, particularly…

The Night Comes Alive (Synopsis)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou, R.I.P. It isn’t often that I post a time-lapse video for you to enjoy, but then again it isn’t often that I find one as well-constructed and with…

“Man must rise above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” -Socrates It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two years since we started our Messier Monday series, and so with only 110 objects to go through, we’re…

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.” -Jack London Here on Earth, we think of shooting stars and meteor showers as things that happen periodically; sometimes they’re spectacular, sometimes they’re rare. But in all cases,…

“Ali always said I would be nothing without him. But what would he have been without me?” -Joe Frazier We don’t normally think of deep-sky objects — seemingly fixed structures in the sky — as fighting for their lives, but when you’re a spiral galaxy caught in a gravitational storm, that’s exactly what you’re up against!…