Facts about Titania, moon of Uranus
By: D. Vogt
Titania is Uranus's largest moon. It takes its name from a character in the William Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream. All of Uranus's 27 moons are named from characters in plays, either those of Shakespeare or of Alexander Pope. - Physical Characteristics - Titania...
By: Beth Janvrin
Everyone appreciates the breath taking size and color of the Harvest Moon. But how did it get its name? When does it rise, and, why the spectacular color? The Harvest moon occurs when the moon is at, or closest to, its fullest circumference near the...
Facts about Rhea, moon of Saturn
By: D. Vogt
Rhea is Saturn's second-largest moon, after Titan. It takes its name from Rhea, a Titan in Greek mythology who was the brother and husband of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus and his siblings. All of Saturn's moons are named after Titans. - Physical Characteristics...
New planet Gliese 581g is first Earth-like planet discovered by astronomers
By: Christyl Rivers
It is wonderfully exciting to live at the edge of heaven. Here in Hawaii, at the Keck observatory atop Mauna Kea, it is big news that Gliese 581g, the first Goldilocks, (just right) planet for possibly supporting life as we know it, has been discovered...
New planet Gliese 581g is first Earth-like planet discovered by astronomers
By: Ted Sherman
What's all the fuss about a potential Earth-like planet scientists claim exists somewhere in another solar system? There are too many questions involved to take the discovery seriously. Among them, just consider: 1. What kind of name is Gliese 581g? Have they run out of...
Astronomers identify Earth-like planet: Gliese 581
By: D. Vogt
In September 2010, astronomers working under the Lick-Carnegie Survey announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet around another star yet: Gliese 581-g, one of several planets orbiting a red dwarf star about 20 light-years from the Earth. Before the current announcement, Gliese 581 had...
By: Elton Gahr
For the last decade scientists have been studying the stars for signs of planets and they have had very good luck discovering gas giants and other very large stars, but at millions of miles away seeing planets the size of earth, or even close to...
How to see the Northern Lights online
By: Cameron Scott
The beauty of the Northern Lights has long been a secret of the arctic regions. The very best aurora borealis viewing is in the Canadian Northwest Territories, near the magnetic north pole. Some call it the greatest light show on earth. However, to see it...
By: D. Vogt
Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the solar system, orbiting the Sun at 43.5 million miles (70 million kilometres), or roughly half the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Although a genuine planet, visually it most resembles our own Moon: a...
By: D. Vogt
A blue moon is the second full moon to occur in a single month. Of course, whether a full moon is labelled as "blue" or not actually has nothing to do with actual astronomical phenomena. The Moon follows a regular 29.5-day path around the...

 

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