An analysis of the Fermi Paradox
By: D. Vogt
According to the Drake Equation, there should be a small but substantial number of intelligent, communicating alien civilizations dispersed throughout our own Milky Way Galaxy, as well as similar civilizations in other galaxies as well. However, we have no scientifically conclusive evidence that these civilizations...
The planet Mercury
By: D. Vogt
Mercury is the first and smallest of the planets in the solar system. Although astronomers have known of this planet since it was first identified in the ancient Middle East, only a pair of space probes have been sent to this planet. From what we...
By: D. Vogt
It is currently impossible for scientists to count how many stars are in the universe. However, the current best estimate is that there are roughly 70 sextillion stars - or 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. More accurate counts would require a better...
Cruithne: The Earth's second moon
By: D. Vogt
Cruithne is a comparatively near-Earth asteroid which, although it does not technically orbit the Earth, does - because of its location in the sky - seem to semi-circle the Earth in a rough horseshoe shape. However, horseshoe orbits are effectively optical illusions created by our...
An overview of Sputnik 1
By: D. Vogt
Sputnik 1 was the first satellite ever to reach orbit, launched by the Soviet Union from its spaceport in Kazakhstan on October 4, 1957. The launch was a major shock in the West, which had assumed it enjoyed a comfortable range of technological superiority over...
A scientific look at the 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy
By: Adrian Will
2012 Mayans Prophecy – The Mayan Doomsday Prophecy End of the world prophecy or new beginnings? As we move ever nearer the date 21st December 2012 should we become increasingly concerned that the end of the world is nearing or some major global happening will...
Facts about NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
By: D. Vogt
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), now rechristened Curiosity (NASA spacecraft usually receive new, less technical names prior to launch) is the next major rover mission bound for Mars. After it launches in 2011, it will conduct a ground mission similar to those currently being undertaken...
How to get kids interested in astronomy
By: James Johnson
How to get kids interested in astronomy can be an interesting question, but it really isn't difficult. Like with any subject for people of any age, it needs to be presented in a fun and exciting fashion; one that stimulates the imagination or stirs the...
Why Pluto is not a planet anymore
By: D. Vogt
According to the International Astronomical Union, Pluto is a "dwarf planet": a large object that orbits the Sun, is large enough to be forced into a sphere by its own gravity, and has cleared its orbit of asteroids and meteors. The category of dwarf planet...
Where UFOs come from
By: Wayne Leon Learmond
The question remains that if we know that at least 5 per cent of flying objects remain 'unidentified' {that is to say, of unknown origin}, then from where do these objects come? To answer this question means us looking at the whole concept of space...

 

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