By: Gary C. Gibson
If Air Force pilots have been taken over by adverse alien possession then plainly they will not give up their extra-galactic buddies for cross examination on the couch with Oprah. Recent reports indicate that U.S. Predator drones televising air-to-ground photos of enemy activities haven...
Asia's biggest telescope
By: Brian Dodson
As so often happens, the answer to a question depends on just what the words in the question mean to the person making the inquiry. It is true here as well. To avoid comparing apples and oranges, let’s agree now to concentrate on optical...
By: Tim Harry
Ask someone in the Northern Hemisphere to name a constellation and there is a good chance that their response will be the Big Dipper, or the Plough, as it is also referred to.The Big Dipper is after all one of the easiest of constellations...
Wonders of the earth, moon, and solar system
By: Anthony Megna
Did you ever look up into the night sky and wonder about our place in the solar system. I'm sure you have, in fact, there isn't a human being alive or dead who hasn't. How did the moon get there? Where is our solar system...
By: Elizabeth M Young
A sky map is exactly what the name implies, it is an accurate, detailed visual image of space and the objects that are in space, as far as we can see with our latest technology. The earliest sky maps depicted constellations that were visible to...
The real meaning of blue moon
By: Megan Stoddard
A blue moon is a phrase with multiple meanings, all of them implying something rare and special. In seeking out the real meaning of blue moon, astronomy and the calendar walk hand in hand with religion, farming, and culture, joined by semantical mistakes. Currently, a...
By: Anthony Megna
The outer solar system is cold yet majestic. It is forbidding yet inviting. We used to think it ended with the planet Pluto, now Pluto supposedly isn't a planet anymore. My, how things have changed, not only with our solar system, but the outer solar...
By: Brian Dodson
The phases of the Moon run through a constant cycle of about 29.5 days. The period of time is a bit shorter than a month (29.5 x 12 = 354 days, while the sidereal year is 365.24 days). The extra 11 days...
Galileo's discoveries and how they have influenced our lives
By: Laura Hippert
Galileo plays a vital role in the history of astronomy, mathematics, philosophy, and physics with his discoveries of the astronomical telescope, the thermometer, the compass, the pendulum, and many more. While these discoveries paved the way to many new insights about the world around us...
Reflections on the existence of UFOs
By: Wes Kelly
After Operation Blue Book and the Condon Commission report it is amusing to consider the disavowal that "air force personnel are not authorized to comment on unidentified flying objects." Remember this if you ever have a question at an air show. An easy but...

 

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