Ethan Siegel is a Ph.D. astrophysicist and author of "Starts with a Bang!" He is a science communicator, who professes physics and astronomy at various colleges. He has won numerous awards for science writing since 2008 for his blog, including the award for best science blog by the Institute of Physics. His two books "Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive" and "Beyond the Galaxy: How humanity looked beyond our Milky Way and discovered the entire Universe" are available for purchase at Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @startswithabang.
There's an extra source of massive "stuff" in our Universe beyond what gravitation and normal matter can explain. Could light be the answer?
Unless you have a critical mass of heavy elements when your star first forms, planets, including rocky ones, are practically impossible.
The whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts; that's a flaw in our thinking. Non-reductionism requires magic, not merely science.
Dark matter has never been directly detected, but the astronomical evidence for its existence is overwhelming. Here's what to know.
With a telescope at just the right distance from the Sun, we could use its gravity to enhance and magnify a potentially inhabited planet.
We only detected our very first gravitational wave in 2015. Over the next two decades, we'll have thousands more.
We knew we'd find galaxies unlike any seen before in its first deep-field image. But the other images hold secrets even more profound.
There are so many problems, all across planet Earth, that harm and threaten humanity. Why invest in researching the Universe?
Searching for dark matter, the XENON collaboration found absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. Here's why that's an extraordinary feat.
Even at its faintest, Venus always outshines every other star and planet that's visible from Earth, and then some!
Take a peek at the pre-release images used to calibrate and commission JWST's coldest instrument, now ready for full science operations.
Even with only 12.5 hours of exposure time, James Webb's first deep-field image taught us lessons we've never realized before.
Now that it's fully commissioned, the James Webb Space Telescope begins its exploration of the Universe. Here are its first science images!
With its very first deep-field view of the Universe now released, the James Webb Space Telescope has shown us our cosmos as never before.
The James Webb Space Telescope has chosen 5 targets for its first science release. Here's what we know on the eve of JWST's big reveal!
The neutrino is the most ghostly, rarely-interacting particle in all the Standard Model. How well can we truly make "beams" out of them?
Such massive, early supermassive black holes have puzzled astronomers for decades. At last, we've finally figured out how they form.
The way to understand the earliest moments of creation is to recreate those conditions and study them. Why would we stop now?
LIGO can detect the inspirals and mergers of the lowest-mass black holes, but not the biggest ones. Here's how pulsars can help.