Stars

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“Next to reasoning, the greatest handicap to the optimum development of Man lies in the fact that this planet is just barely habitable. Its minimum temperatures are too low, and its maximum temperatures too high. Its day is not long enough, and its night is too long… These factors encourage depression, fear, war, and lack…

“Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we go through one of the 110 deep-sky wonders of the Messier Catalogue, some of the brightest and most prominent of the…

“We are not simply in the universe, we are part of it. We are born from it.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson The story of the Universe is the story of us all; we all share the same cosmic history, coming from a hot, dense state some 13.8 billion years ago known as the Big Bang and…

“But certainly the laser proved to be what I realized it was going to be. At that moment in my life I was too ignorant in business law to be able to do it right, and if I did it over again probably the same damn thing would happen.” -Gordon Gould, inventor of the laser…

“The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.” -Ezra Pound It’s time for another Messier Monday, where we profile one of the 110 deep-sky objects that make up the Messier catalogue! This was the first large, accurate catalogue of fixed, non-transient objects to…

The Dark Depths of the Universe

“By denying scientific principles, one can maintain any paradox.” -Galileo Galilei Day and night. It seems like the simplest, most natural thing about our world, that the Sun illuminates one half of the Earth at a time. While the Earth spins on its axis, orbiting the Sun, roughly half of our lives are spent bathed…

“Cross that rules the Southern Sky! Stars that sweep, and turn, and fly Hear the Lovers’ Litany: ‘Love like ours can never die!’” -Rudyard Kipling Welcome back for yet another Messier Monday, where we choose one of the 110 deep-sky objects making up Charles Messier‘s 18th Century catalogue to highlight in detail. Originally designed as a…

Messier Monday: The Ring Nebula, M57

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them” -J.R.R. Tolkien Every Monday has been devoted to our ongoing series on Messier’s objects for nearly a year now, and we’ve covered some spectacular objects, from open star clusters to spiral galaxies, from…

“New stars offer to the mind a phenomenon more surprising, and less explicable, than almost any other in the science of astronomy.” -George Adams Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! The Messier catalogue was the very first accurate deep-sky catalogue with over 100 objects, finally topping out with 110…

“God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.” -Bill Watterson Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! With each new Monday, we take an in-depth look at a prominently visible random object from Messier’s catalogue…