The role of interstellar dust in the formation of stars
By: Effie Moore Salem
Is dust beautiful and shiny? Of course not. How about the red sunsets and the colors of the rainbow and yes, even the stars themselves? Aren't those beautiful? Of course. Those two questions and answers explain that beauty is truly in the eye of the...
By: Ramona Taylor
In ancient times, our Solar System was seen as a fixed configuration of a few planets and the Sun circling the Earth. With the help of the Hubble Telescope and several deep space probes, man’s ability to study the stars improved and our celestial...
A look at what water on Mars means to astronomers
By: Sharmal Kelambi
Water is the main element of life on Earth. All forms of life depend on water. It was the place where life first evolved on this planet. So finding water on another planet suggests that same form of evolution can take place there as well...
By: Sharmal Kelambi
Mars, the fourth planet in the solar system, is also the closest to Earth. For generations, man was fascinated by its beauty in the night sky. Red planet, it was called, was attributed to the war god by Romans and even the name Mars is...
What are dwarf planets?
By: Effie Moore Salem
Dwarf planets are all those other planet like bodies in the solar system that somehow resemble the eight planets. Once there were nine planets but Pluto got demoted from a planet to the status of a dwarf planet. The special characteristics that make up a...
By: Lenna Gonya
Saturn has always been of great interest because of its rings and its size, both of which make it one of the most visible planets. In fact, it was the most distant planet known to have been observed by ancient astronomers. There are many factors...
By: Lenna Gonya
Astronomers have known for a long time that there is water vapor and ice on Mars. This is, of course, good news, but even better news would be that there was actual running water on the planet as well. Now, new evidence may indicate that...
By: Lenna Gonya
When you hear the term, dwarf planet, you normally think of a planet that is simply smaller than those in our solar system. While this is true, in part, there are other differences. A heavenly body that is more developed than an asteroid, but not...
Solar system facts: Top 10 things to know about Saturn
By: Eric Puravs
Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture Saturn, the father of Jupiter, the king of the Roman gods. Saturnalia is an Ancient Roman festival that was held in honor of the god Saturn. Saturn is bright enough to be seen without a telescope...
By: Terrence Aym
Move over Battlestar Galactica and Starship Enterprise, the UK is about to launch a swarm of spaceships into orbit around the sun.Space scientists are planning for just such a spectacular mission after the recent success of the NASA mission "Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory" (STEREO)...

 

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