The Flash of a Star’s Death

The most violent single event in the universe is the death of a massive star, a supernova.  We have seen several different types, though the common element is a massive explosion, taking a star hiding amongst the background into an eruption that outshines it’s entire host galaxy.  We have seen the brightness grow and fade over the duration of a supernova event, but we have never seen one just as it’s starting.  Until now. Would you ever have thought that the Kepler space telescope, a planet hunter that continuously observes stars, could see supernovae?  The key is in the words ‘continuously observed.’  By keeping...

Motivation Monday: Fear 2

Tackling fear is a tough one, but It’s too important not to cover in a motivational post. I am afraid.  I am afraid of waking up and facing the world. I am afraid of the work I have to do today, and the people I have to interact with.  I am afraid of driving in traffic.  I am afraid of being tired and not having the energy to keep the life I have, because I am afraid of losing it.  I am afraid of the past because of the hurt I’ve felt.  I am afraid of the present because I worry...

Motivation Monday: Fear

I am afraid. You are too. We are all afraid of something, and it’s not a bad thing, at least not always.  Sometimes, our fear is a natural reaction that truly can save our life.  But more often than not, I would argue, it prevents us from doing something that really wasn’t that dangerous in the first place and would have given us some kind of benefit in the long term. Why do we fear things? It’s all an evolutionary mechanism that has given our species a survival advantage for hundreds of thousands of years, since before we had all the...

Galaxy Death by Strangulation?

It has been well established that Galaxies have formed during the last 13.7 Billion years of cosmic evolution.  They didn’t just pop into existence, but developed in a long and arduous process that spans immense time.  Many of them will continue to flourish for many Billions of years.  If Galaxies do indeed have a birth, as has been seen, it stands to reason that they should someday ‘die’ as well.  But have we ever seen the death of a galaxy? Have we ever seen the end for a massive collective structure of stars? We have seen galaxies collide and merge...