Newly discovered planets
By: Steven Mars
NASA's Kepler space observatory was launched on March 7, 2009. It cost 550 million dollars and was manufactured by Bell Aerospace And Technologies. It was named after the astronomer Johannes Kepler. Its mission was to find planets that are located in the area where life...
The Goldilocks Zone
By: Steven Mars
The Goldilocks Zone is the area from a star where any planets located there can support life. The conditions for life include liquid water on its surface with an atmospheric pressure high enough for it not to boil off. A new definition of the Goldilocks...
By: M E Skeel
In 2005 it was reported by a team of astronomers from the Lowell Observatory in Arizona that the three largest stars ever known had been found. All three are red supergiants and the largest is named KW Sagitarii. It is almost 10 thousand light years...
Buying 'real estate' on Mars
By: Leigh Goessl
Are you in the real estate market and looking for a unique piece of property or perhaps you want to own a slice of some exotic location? If so, there is real estate up for sale on Mars. Well, kind of. A company called Uwingu...
NASA finds 715 new planets
By: Christine Zibas
For those who have long believed in or hoped for the possibility of human life out in space, the search just got a lot closer to reality. Only days ago, scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the discovery of not just...
How the existence of cosmic rays was discovered
By: D. Vogt
Cosmic rays are extremely high-energy particles, most of which were originally emitted by sources far outside of Earth's solar system. Like many breakthroughs in science, the existence of cosmic rays was discovered largely by accident in the early 20th century by scientists studying radioactive decay...
Scientists discover organic molecules in 2012 meteorite
By: Robin Lamb
Carl Sagan once famously said that “We are made of star stuff.” The great astronomer was referring to the various elements formed long ago in the hearts of exploding stars, but scientists now think that his statement may prove to be just as...
What is zodiacal light?
By: Bonnie-Jean Rohner
“ … it was so bright that I couldn't believe I'd never seen it before. I was in Chile … I commented to my host … that the light pollution from nearby La Serena was unbelievably intense. The light in the west was washing out...
Gigantic asteroid speeds past Earth
By: John Atchison
Movie history buffs can look over the history of cinema and see trends in the type of movies made during time periods. When it comes to the present day, there seems to be a trend towards offering up anything to do with superheroes. Whether its...
Understanding astronomical refraction
By: Gatot Soedarto
Light is naturally available in our surrounding, either in day time or at night. Such light may derive from the natural or artificial resources. When we see an object located far from our standing place, we think that what we see is its actual appearance...

 

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