By: Elizabeth M Young
Many Americans believe that America's space program ended when the shuttle system was dismantled last year. The truth is that America is even more dedicated to having a thriving space program. 2012 will be the year when commercial space missions take flight. Programs that are...
What the discovery of Earth-sized exoplanets means for the human race
By: Anthony Megna
There isn't a week that goes by where the news hasn't announced another discovery of an Earth-sized planet revolving around another far-off star system. This is exciting stuff, and with the advances in astronomy, namely more powerful telescopes land-based as well as space-based, scientists are...
How a neutron star is formed
By: Zain Arif
Stars are a ubiquitous feature of galaxies, where they live out a never-ending cycle of birth, life and death. This lifecycle is by no means meaningless though, and in fact contributes to the creation and dispersion of elements intricately linked to the planetary systems that...
An introduction to Comet Lovejoy
By: Steven Mars
The comet Lovejoy (C2011W3) was reported as recently discovered this year on December 2, 2011 by the amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy of Australia. But a similar comet with the same name by the same astronomer was discovered in 2007 (C2007E2). A few days ago on...
By: Elizabeth M Young
It is theorized that neutron stars are the collapsed cores of massive suns. If you imagine a collapsed version of the Earth's sun, this sun would punch itself down into a ball that could cover the city of Chicago. This video by FabioTheItalianOne is a...
The history of Palomar Observatory
By: Steven Mars
Palomar Observatory is located 5,570 feet above sea level in the Palomar Mountains of San Diego County, California. It is operated by the California Institute of Technology. The 200 inch Hale telescope took twenty years to build. It was slowly built from 1928 to1948...
China unveils ambitious space plan
By: Laurie Childree
According to CNN plans for laboratories in space has been announced by China. There are also plans to get moon samples and begin preparations for space stations to be built during the next five years. The country is aiming to put itself on the map...
What is light pollution in astronomy
By: Tim Baker
Light pollution is the term used for excess artificial light or artificial light that is obtrusive. Light pollution, also known as luminous pollution or photopollution, is one of the reasons why stars are more easily seen in the night sky when you are away from...
What is light pollution in astronomy
By: Jon Dainty Sr.
Astronomers study the light from objects in space to determine their size, location, and composition. They can do this most effectively when the only light entering their telescopic instruments comes from those targeted bodies. Increasingly, this is becoming more difficult to ensure, because lights from...
By: Elizabeth M Young
NASA took a serious hit in 2011 when budget cutbacks were enacted. The 2012 budget for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) actually came out a bit better, according to The Washington Post: NSF funding will rise to $7 billion, or $173 million more...

 

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