By: Lalitha Subbaraman
Saturn is a planet with striking rings.Galileo Galilei, the Italian astronomer was the pioneer who looked at Saturn through the telescope. He viewed the pair of objects on both side of Saturn. He drew them as individual spheres of the planet Saturn; he described...
Types of asteroids
By: Blaise Pascal
An asteroid is a small solar system body which has no atmosphere, is smaller than a planet, and orbits the sun. Most of the known asteroids in our solar system are located in an asteroid belt between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter...
By: Nick Ford
When Neptune was discovered in 1846 astronomers thought that the orbit of the planet was perturbed by a mysterious massive body further out in the solar body. Although the massive body was never found, and scientists realised that much of the error in the orbit...
Planets in our solar system with rings
By: Robert Hoglund
There are several planets in our solar system that have rings. The gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune all have them encircling their bodies. Jupiter, the largest planet, has a very faint set of rings. As a result, they were discovered long after Saturn&rsquo...
By: Johnnie D Williams
Measuring the speed of light allows for a full appreciation for the size of the universe as well as the celestial objects within this phenomenal space. When thinking of a light year its important to remember that it refers to a measurement of distance rather...
By: Jordin Lumsden
One of the joys of astronomy is the opportunity to view the spectacular, alien objects strewn throughout the universe. Nebulae are one of the more awe inspiring of these. The term nebulae means 'cloud' but in astronomy it can refer to several different objects. Most...
Types of asteroids
By: Nick Ford
When Sir William Herschel first used the word asteroid in 1802 he used it to describe an object with a point like appearance like a star which moved through the heavens like a planet. When this description became popular in the second half of the...
By: Jordin Lumsden
Saturn is among the grandest of the eight planets in our solar system. Galileo first saw Saturn through is telescope in the year 1610. He was intrigued to see what looked like ears on the each side of the giant globe that was Saturn. Once...
The difference between astronomy and astrophysics
By: Nick Ford
Astronomy and astrophysics are very closely related topics. For most purposes the terms can be used interchangeably and only a pedant would try to tease out the difference. Both subjects are concerned with the study of matter and energy outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Historically...
Planet facts: Neptune
By: Jack Merridew
A blue gas sphere isolated farthest from the Sun, Neptune is an ocean jewel in the coldest region of our solar system. Neptune's atmosphere is hard to imagine from our Goldilocks perspective on Earth, placed in such perfect proximity to the Sun. The Sun's effect...

 

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