Astronomy

Category archives for Astronomy

“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!…

“It’s not what you have on the outside that glitters in light, it’s what you have on the inside that shines in the dark.” -Anthony Liccione You might look out at a picture of a star cluster, globular cluster, or galaxy in space and think of this as mundane by this point in time. After all,…

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” -John Lubbock Each Messier Monday, we take a look at one of the 110 deep…

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” -Walt Whitman To those of you who regularly enjoy clear, dark skies and the wondrous sights they bring, you have not only my envy, but the envy of a great many of us who long to have the wonders of the Universe directly accessible to our…