What orbital decay is and what causes it
By: Prameela Mathew
Orbital Decay 101 Orbital decay is commonly mentioned in advanced modern technology discussions; however many remain interested in learning more about this topic. What is it all about? What causes it to occur? How can it be prevented? What are the hazards it will bring...
Moons of the solar system: Phobos
By: Andrew Moran
On Aug. 18, 1877, American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered the largest and innermost of Mars’ two natural satellites, Phobos. Phobos was named after the Greek God of fear, who was also the son of Ares (Mars). There have been quite a few hypotheses put forward...
By: Dudley Kenney
NASA cutbacks: Is the Space Age over? No, the United State’s Space Age is at a turning point and taking a step in a new direction. The government, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) managed the space program admirably until the second moon landing...
By: Andrew Moran
Do you think micro black holes, or quantum mechanical black holes, are a thing of science-fiction? Think again. A new study by a group of scientists suggests that micro black holes pass through Earth every single day. Don’t panic just yet, though. Although a...
By: Michael Totten
Amateur astronomers around the world search through their telescopes night after night, hoping to spot a new astronomical object which has not already been charted. Dedicated surveys map tiny parts of the sky in excruciating detail. If an anomaly shows up in 2 successive nights...
By: Patrick Sills
To say that the surface of Venus is warm would be quite an understatement. At 471 degrees Celsius (over 880 degrees Fahrenheit) on average, Venus takes the honors of being the hottest planet in the solar system. This is hot enough to melt lead, so...
By: Shannon Farlouis
Libra is a unique constellation in the zodiac that displays an inanimate object which is the scales. There are 12 constellations of stars that make up the zodiac and Libra is one of them. In astrological lore, Virgo is a goddess of justice. This goddess...
By: Michael Totten
Short-term comets are periodic comets which return to the sun every 200 years or less. In the Cometary Designation System, a short-term comet is named for the person who first calculated its orbit, and is classified as a P/ periodic comet. This is why the...
By: Michael Totten
Constellations have probably existed for as long as man has put names to pictures. By drawing imaginary lines between stars and around stars, the night sky could be turned into a fresco of pictures. Over time, many different pictures and their names turned into a...
By: Patrick Sills
Most planets that orbit a parent star will also have one or more moons that in turn orbit the world in question itself. Mars, the fourth plant from the sun in this solar system, happens to have two such moons. They are named Phobos and...

 

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