Mostly Mute Monday: Our Nearest Galaxy In Three Unique Views (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“Our knowledge of stars and interstellar matter must be based primarily on the electromagnetic radiation which reaches us. Nature has thoughtfully provided us with a universe in which radiant energy of almost all wave lengths travels in straight lines over enormous distances with usually rather negligible absorption.” –Lyman Spitzer, Jr.

There’s nothing quite like looking at a galaxy, all aglow with the light from billions upon billions of stars shining at once. Some reaches our...

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