Almost 14 billion years ago, our Universe burst into existence in the form of an unimaginably tiny soup of densely packed, searing-hot particles, commonly referred to as “the fireball”. Spacetime has been expanding–and cooling off–from this original brilliant, fiery, glaring state ever since.
The starlit fires of the first galaxies ignited a very long time ago, and began to light up the primordial Universe less than a billion years after its mysterious birth in the exponential inflation of of the Big Bang.Read More
Learning About Our Baby Milky Way From Galaxies Far, Far Away By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our Milky Way Galaxy is only one of billions of other galaxies in the Universe. Nevertheless, it is very precious to us because it is our planet’s home–and when we stare up at the night sky, far away from the lights of a city, we…Read More
Mysterious Dark Matter Is Missing In Ancient Galaxies By Judith E Braffman-Miller The Universe keeps its secrets well. Long before there was anything around with eyes to see, the galaxies formed, and the myriad of sparkling, brilliant stars were born–lighting up what had previously been a barren swath of featureless darkness. The most widely accepted theory of how the galaxies…Read More
How A Vast, Mysterious Cloud Got Its Glow By Judith E Braffman-Miller The Universe beckons us with its tantalizing abundance of haunting, captivating mysteries that beg to be solved–and a newly discovered weird mammoth of a beautiful glowing cloud, termed an Enormous Lyman-alpha Nebula (ELAN) provides the scientific detectives among us with just such an irresistible mystery. ELAN’s are enormous…Read More
The Strange Case Of The Pushy Void By Judith E Braffman-Miller Billions upon billions of galaxies, blazing with the furious, brilliant fires of a host of dazzling stars, trace out the heavy and gigantic filaments of the Great Cosmic Web–a structure that would otherwise be invisible to our eyes, were it not for these sparkling and revealing flecks of starlight….Read More
Cosmic Lenses Shed Strange New Light On The Universe’s Mysteries By Judith E Braffman-Miller When we observe the sky at night, we peer up at a sea of incredible blackness, swimming with a myriad of dazzling dabs of distant starlight. Much more is unknown about the Universe than is known–and, it has been said, the Universe is not only weirder…Read More