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“Just as a Chihuahua is still a dog, these ice dwarfs are still planetary bodies. The misfit becomes the average. The Pluto-like objects are more typical in our solar system than the nearby planets we first knew.” -Alan Stern When New Horizons approached the Pluto system last year, it discovered two vastly different worlds in…

“You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that.” -Samuel Beckett In 2012, astronomers announced that the nearest star system to us, the Alpha Centauri system, possessed at least one exoplanet around it. A periodic signal that recurred just every 3.24 days was consistent with an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting and gravitationally tugging on the second largest…

“Gravitational and electromagnetic interactions are long-range interactions, meaning they act on objects no matter how far they are separated from each other.” -Francois Englert One of the most spectacular predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity was the existence of gravitational lensing, whereby a large foreground mass could act as a lens, magnifying and distorting the background…

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” -Oprah And 2016 is here! So begins another great year for Starts With A Bang, and I’m so pleased you’re still here as well. Yes, I know there are some frustrations with Forbes’…

“Oh, yes — I know you. There was a time you looked at the stars and dreamed of what might be.” -Star Trek: Nemesis, spoken by Jean-Luc Picard The stars call to us through the ages, with each and every one holding the promise of a future for humanity beyond Earth. For generations, this was…

“Gamow was fantastic in his ideas. He was right, he was wrong. More often wrong than right. Always interesting; … and when his idea was not wrong it was not only right, it was new.” -Edward Teller Considering what we know about our Universe today, it’s hard to believe that just a century ago, Einstein’s…

“If you see an antimatter version of yourself running towards you, think twice before embracing.” –J. Richard Gott III Everywhere we look in the Universe, we find that planets, stars, galaxies, and even the gas between them are all made of matter and not antimatter. Yet as far as we know, the laws of nature…

“You cannot rob me of free nature’s grace, You cannot shut the windows of the sky Through which Aurora shows her brightening face.” -James Thomson When the Sun emits a flare or a mass ejection in the direction of Earth, these fast moving particles are when Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere are of the utmost importance for…

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.” -Ani DiFranco The observable Universe is a big, big place. Some 46 billion light years in all directions, with hundreds of billions of galaxies inside, it’s no wonder that we see stars and galaxies in all directions…

“This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this?” -Calvin, via Bill Watterson This is our last comments of the week for 2015,…