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“Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it.” –Vaclav Havel But the spiral is more than a metaphor or a mathematical shape, it’s also the most common feature observed in the galaxies out there in the Universe. There are 27 spiral galaxies…

“It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!” –George Gamow Earlier today, a video (from last month) was released where one of the members of the US House of Representative — a member who sits…

The Deepest View of the Universe. EVER.

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” –Joseph Campbell One of the bravest things that was ever done with the Hubble Space Telescope was to find a patch of sky with absolutely nothing in it — no bright stars, no…

This is the Universe… but is it art?

“At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed.” –Edwin Hubble While new discoveries are made about the Universe, a new explorer finds its way…

Get Your Galaxy in Gear!

“We don’t understand how a single star forms, yet we want to understand how 10 billion stars form.” –Carlos Frenk The Universe has been around for a long time: nearly 14 billion years, to the best of our knowledge. When it was very young, there were absolutely zero stars in it, while today, there are hundreds…

The one and only true “Space Needle”

“If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.” –Timothy Leary Up in the night sky, shortly after sunset, the night sky holds some spectacular sights. Some are permanent, some are transient, some have been known for thousands of years, and some are still being…

“This seems to be the law of progress in everything we do; it moves along a spiral rather than a perpendicular; we seem to be actually going out of the way, and yet it turns out that we were really moving upward all the time.” –Frances Willard As spring gives way to summer here in…

Defeating Hubble, from the ground!

“The Earth’s atmosphere is an imperfect window on the universe… atmospheric turbulence blurs the images of celestial objects, even when they are viewed through the most powerful ground-based telescopes.” –John Bahcall There’s no doubt that the Hubble Space Telescope has given us some of the most spectacular, high resolution views of the Universe. From the…

Learning all about the Eagle, all over again

“We find them smaller and fainter, in constantly increasing numbers, and we know that we are reaching into space, farther and farther, until, with the faintest nebulae that can be detected with the greatest telescopes, we arrive at the frontier of the known Universe.” –Edwin Hubble While large parts of the internet are blacked out…

Did this Supernova Leave Nothing Behind?

“Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.” –Jean Rostand One of the most awesome events, literally, that happens in this Universe is when stars — giant nuclear furnaces like our Sun — die in the most energetic way possible: a supernova. Video credit: Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Ors Hunor Detre, Oliver Krause), via…