The Crab Nebula | David Rives

The Crab Nebula, also known as Messier 1, was the very first of 110 objects to be catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier. He mistook this nebula for a comet upon first observation, and thus began the famous Messier catalogue. This colorful nebula is quite bright, and fairly easy to spot using a moderately … Read More

What is a Black Hole? | David Rives

How do you detect something out in space that’s invisible? Well, you observe how the objects near it behave. This gives you clues about the nature of the invisible body. And that’s exactly how scientists have discovered and described black holes. Black holes are not visible through standard technology or telescopes, even though they’ve been … Read More

A Star Is Born | David Rives

The common idea of stellar nurseries, claims that stars are born into existence as nebulous areas of space contract, forming a dense ball of gas. It sounds like a plausible explanation for the origin of stars in the universe. However, one big problem with this theory is that while we HAVE seen stars DESTROYED when … Read More

Gas In A Vacuum | David Rives

One theory of cosmic evolution is that after a Big Bang, 14 Billion Years ago, gas in the vacuum of space started contracting, eventually becoming so tight that it formed stars. It’s claimed that this happened trillions upon trillions of times to create the populated Universe we see today. However, we’ve never had ONE confirmed, … Read More