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“Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.” -Maria Mitchell It’s time again for Messier Monday, where we highlight the various wonderous deep-sky objects of the night, and show you how to find them against the expansive backdrop of stars. The (almost) full Moon is…

“Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.” -Dwight L. Moody While star clusters may dabble in a number of physically interesting things, there’s one thing that they do above all others, and that is shine. For today’s Messier Monday, where we spotlight one of…

“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…

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” -W. Shakespeare Welcome to just another Messier Monday here on Starts With A Bang! Each Monday, we’re taking a detailed look at a different one of the 110 deep-sky objects that compose the Messier Catalogue, each one a different semi-permanent wonder of…

“Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will forever bubble up, if forever you dig.” -Marcus Aurelius Welcome back to yet another Messier Monday! Each week, we’re taking a look at one of the 110 fixed, deep-sky objects — not to be confused with comets — that made up Messier’s original catalogue.…

“Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.” -Benjamin Franklin Welcome to Messier Monday, where each week we take a journey into one of the 110 objects in the Messier Catalogue of non-cometary deep-sky objects. Ranging…

Messier Monday: The Lagoon Nebula, M8

“I hate that expression, ‘fusion.’ What it means to me is this movement where nothing ever really fused.” -Wayne Kramer Welcome to another Messier Monday, where each week, I pick one of the 110 Messier Objects — deep-sky objects catalogued to avoid confusion for comet hunters — to highlight and detail. This week, I’d like…

Messier Monday: The Pleiades, M45

“Something there is more immortal even than the stars, (Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,) Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter, Longer than sun or any revolving satellite, Or the radiant sisters the Pleiades.” -Walt Whitman Last week, we kicked off our very first Messier Monday by spotlighting M1:…

The lives and deaths of Sun-like stars

“Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.” -Samuel Johnson But the stars, as opposed to humans, are born shining, with hundreds (or more) of brothers and sisters, shine ever more brightly over their lifetimes, and die in spectacular fashion. As far as we can tell, here’s the past, present and future story…