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“Es ist immer angenehm, über strenge Lösungen einfacher Form zu verfügen.” (It is always pleasant to have exact solutions in simple form at your disposal.) -Karl Schwarzschild The Universe is a vast and complex place, full of a diversity of structure from the smallest scales to the largest. And yet, by many accounts, it’s a…

“And then you wake up, only to see that the darkness has gone, the light now truly makes you feel vulnerable and you wonder why this darkness did not wish you well and why did it leave you so sudden, without revealing the answers you were looking for.” -Chirag Tulsiani “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen…

“They had discovered one could grow as hungry for light as for food.” -Stephen King Black holes are an endlessly fascinating topic to learn and speculate about. We’ve talked about the largest ones in the Universe, but have you ever wondered about the other side of that coin: what about the smallest? As it turns out,…

“You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.” -Woodrow Wilson You might think of black holes as cosmic rarities, but the fact of the matter is that pretty much every time we…

“What makes us love… is when we learn all these fantastic stories. Feeding the imagination is what makes a subject come alive.” -Daniel Tammet Is the largest object in our galaxy — our central black hole — poised to devour a massive gas cloud? As far as supermassive black holes go, the one at the center of our galaxy…

“The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” -Mark Twain When you think about where all of this came from — back to the beginning of the Universe — there’s a good chance it makes you a little uncomfortable. For this week’s Ask Ethan, our one remaining column here on ScienceBlogs, our reader vvv…

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” -Joseph Campbell Ever since we created a question/suggestion box here, we’ve been deluged by far more excellent questions than one person could possibly answer, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t trying! For this…

“The proverb warns that ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.” -Thomas Szasz But on this Messier Monday, you’re lucky enough that you’re about to be introduced to one of the great northern galaxies of the Messier catalogue that is feeding itself! There…

“Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we highlight one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue, showing you where and how to find…

“You wait for a gem in an endless sea of blah.” -Lawrence Grossman On the one hand, we have General Relativity, our theory of space, time, and gravity. It describes the Universe on both large and small scales perfectly, from the hot Big Bang to our cold accelerating expansion, from vast superclusters of galaxies down…