Going to Mars
By: Ray Burke
Dying to get to Mars There are always arguments as to why some explorations should not be undertaken. One of those reasons is the risk of death. But why should this be so when exploration is a necessary part of human discovery, growth, and survival...
Extraterrestrial life: Fact or fiction
By: Cleveland Dingle
Life, as we know it; is life - as we know it. Doesn't sound as far fetched as you are the only form of life in our galaxy. Our planet oceans contain life we know nothing about, its a fact. Some people believe that "big...
Brief overview of the James Webb space telescope project
By: D. Vogt
The James Webb Space Telescope is an infrared telescope currently under development by NASA, with assistance from the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency. Named after early NASA director James Webb, the telescope has been in development for many years but has finally...
Algol, the demon star
By: D. Vogt
Beta Persei, better known as Algol or the Demon Star, is actually three stars orbiting in a trinary star system, in which, viewed from Earth, one star eclipses a second star a little less than once every three days. Because only these two stars are...
Reasons why seasons occur
By: D. Vogt
The reason why seasons occur relates to the axial tilt of the Earth - that is, the degree to which the Earth is tilted at an angle as it orbits around the Sun. Because the Earth is tilted in space, during any given part of...
The prospect of life in outer space
By: Silvia Dekumbis
The existence of life beyond planet earth has been one of the most exciting questions for centuries. By implementing imaginative ideas, scientists all over the world are trying to find an answer to this question. Astrobiology has been looking for evidence of microbial life as...
Basics of astronomy
By: snowdoll487
Both of my kids are fascinated by the celestial bodies, my son John who is 15 years old have always been keen in learning about astronomy. Even when John was still a child and so is my 12 year old daughter Audrey both have been...
African-Americans in astronomy and space
By: Brian Kale
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: The People's Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a prominent member of America's science community, but he is also a great teacher and speaker about learning and the sciences. Tyson has had a varied learning carrier as well as a varied professional...
Why the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) may not be a good idea
By: James Boyd
Steven Hawking recently suggested that a meeting between humans and an extraterrestrial species might not turn out well for the humans. As an example he used the encounter between the native inhabitants of the Americas and the invading Europeans. It went badly for the natives...
What is a black hole
By: John Schmidt - 580649
It seems as though no good outer space science fiction book or movie is complete without weaving a black hole into the story line. Black holes are so mysterious and misunderstood they allow the authors to write outrageous and exciting plots such as time and...

 

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