Facts about supernovas
By: Joseph Malek
An exploding star is a supernova, or the process by which a star transforms into a different kind of body. It can become a dwarf star, a quasar or a pulsar. The end result of the transformation can even result in what is known as...
A guide to notable asteroids
By: Marina Bradaric
With the Hollywood hype of asteroids on a collision course with Earth and Obama's goal to land a manned mission on an asteroid before we head for Mars, it might be useful to know a little more about the most notable asteroids in our solar...
The composition of comets
By: Aldrin A Wilding-West
Comets are commonly referred to as 'dirty snowballs' because of the knowledge that they contain rock, dust and water ice. It is also widely thought that it may have been comets that brought the building blocks of life to Earth. Conversely, throughout our history, comets...
By: Johnnie D Williams
The Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky first invented the phase “dark matter” in 1934 after an exploration of the missing mass within the universe. In essence dark matter remains invisible, impossible to even touch or see. Continual scientific research focuses around what exactly dark matter...
Three types of meteors
By: Aldrin A Wilding-West
Meteors are commonly known as 'shooting stars' or 'falling stars', and are one of the most exciting things to see in the night sky, particularly for amateur stargazers. The night sky itself is a wondrous sight, but to see a fleeting streak of movement in...
Most significant results in space exploration that have stemmed from the Apollo program
By: Anthony Megna
"Rules are made to be broken!" Do you live by that philosophy? Is that too harsh an edict? I don't think so, not at all. In fact, if mankind never broke the rules, many advancements never would have been made. We never would have...
Dark matter and its implications
By: Nick Ford
The puzzle of dark matter is one of the great unsolved problems of science. Dark matter is a theoretical idea first proposed by the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in 1934. Zwicky was a remarkable man who conceived dark matter, gravitational lenses and supernovae within a...
Planets in our solar system with rings
By: Marina Bradaric
Most people have run into a beautiful photo of the extravagant rings of Saturn, large and visually pleasing. Saturn's rings are in fact one of the only ways astronomers can get the general public to even show up on public observatory nights. However, many don't...
Facts about the rings of Saturn
By: Joseph Malek
The rings of the Planet Saturn, within our solar system, have puzzled our astronomers since the time that they were discovered. The Explorer Spacecraft missions did provide some answers to some of the questions that resulted from the discovery of those, so called, rings. The...
By: Aldrin A Wilding-West
Asteroids, the larger of which are sometimes termed planetoids, are in essence the remnants of the many collisions that took place during the formation of the solar system we see today. These rocky/ice and metallic bodies, mainly irregular in shape, are those that orbit the...

 

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