By: David Jefferson
A blue straggler star is a star that is hotter, hence bluer, than the other stars in a star cluster. Blue stragglers, an example of an exotic star, stand out in a cluster because most stars in a cluster are about the same age and...
By: David Jefferson
The robot on Mars with one arm, six wheels and its head atop a mast has caught the world's attention. The boldest mission to Mars that Earthlings have ever undertaken. The Mars rover Curiosity is a self propelled, semi-autonomous robot the size of a small...
By: Terrence Aym
The USA's budget crunch is about to impact another science, this time the venerable study of the cosmos.Professional stargazers across America were abruptly brought down to earth by the not so stellar news that the National Science Foundation's (NSF) federal budget earmarked for astronomers...
The Curiosity rover: Worth the cost?
By: Terrence Aym
Critics of the space program have questioned its cost as far back as NASA's early Mercury missions that opened space exploration to Mankind.The criticism heightened during the amazing Apollo missions that saw Americans accomplish the age-old dream of humans walking upon the surface of...
Interesting facts about the Crab Nebula
By: Nick Ford
The Crab Nebula is one of the most intensely studied and most beautiful of objects to be found in the night sky. This beautifully coloured swirling cloud of interstellar gas can easily be seen with binoculars and low grade telescopes. It is so beautiful that...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
The use of robots to explore outer space is not something new as demonstrated by earlier expeditions to Mars such as the ones made by Sojourner rover, Spirit and Opportunity. However, the successful landing of Curiosity rover on the Martian surface turned pages of space...
By: J. Lang Wood
Steven Hawking is one of the most renowned names in science. He has 12 honorary degrees and has received many awards, prizes and medals. Though stricken with amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, he went on to have an illustrious career as a cosmologist and teacher...
By: B. W.
A dark nebula is an interstellar cloud that is so powerful it blocks the emission of light. These dark nebulas are rare occurrences, due to the complicated number of factors required for their creation. While the largest nebula formations are visible to the naked eye...
Scientist profiles: Stephen Hawking
By: Christyl Rivers
Stephen Hawking is perhaps the geekiest geek who ever geeked. He has got the eye glasses, and (literally, Oxford) button down collars. He doesn’t box, or play Rugby, and his love of math, physics and astronomy is legend. Hawking has written bestsellers, made news...
By: Alan Sayers
The Crab Nebula (catalogue designations M1, NGC 1952, Taurus A) is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula in the constellation of Taurus and possibly the most intensely studied bright nebula in the Universe. The Crab Nebula is approximately 6,500 light years from Earth...

 

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