The Nightly News
An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
  1. Blog 34: Planetary nebulas ... and Baby!
    17 Nov, 2017
    Blog 34: Planetary nebulas ... and Baby!
    Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. -- First stanza of Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night," 1951. A star is a perfect example of how to go into that good night. If larger than about eight times the Sun's mass, it will explode as a supernova, for a few days or weeks shining brighter than the entire galaxy that hosts it. If in the class of the nuclear furnace at the center of our solar
  2. Blog 6: Stars
    07 Feb, 2017
    Blog 6: Stars
    During a long night of astronomy, I simply look up at the stars. Unattended, the telescope tracks and the camera continues to record ancient light. I am overwhelmed by the striking views, amazed by the beauty of a myriad stars, and at the same time I feel alone and small among the vast, cold regions of space. Take a walk and gawk at the stars. In the still, moonless hours after dusk – really the only period when deep-space objects are fit to photograph – starlight is bright enough to light your

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