By: Maryam Idris
The night sky is full of wonders, from the moon and stars to distant planets and galaxies. Sadly, as the Earth's air pollution continues to increase, it's getting harder and harder to see these amazing sights. However, there are some things in space that we...
By: Mac Pike
Meteor strikes and their implications for life on Earth have been of interest for hundreds of years, but the means to obtain and quantify detailed data have just recently become available. For as long as mankind has been interested in the topic the individual appearances...
By: David Jefferson
To understand what a long-term comet is one needs to understand the differences between long-term and short-term comets and how they differ from other celestial bodies like asteroids. Asteroids are small stone or iron bodies generally found inside the orbit of Jupiter. They contain little...
Layman's guide to the difference between meteorites and asteroids
By: Steven Mars
Asteroids are similar to planets, but they are much smaller and can be irregular in shape. Most of them are between Mars and Jupiter, but some come so close to the Earth that they are watched in case an impact happens. Icarus is one of...
By: Maria C Collins
Humans have looked out from Earth for millennia and seen the bright “morning” or “evening” star. It is the planet Venus, called after the Roman goddess of love, the only planet called after a goddess, rather than a God. Although people call Venus...
By: Jon Dainty Sr.
Along with the many other natural objects traveling through the solar system with planet Earth, asteroids and meteorites share some new notoriety due to their numbers and an increased focus by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Described bluntly, this interest is more than...
By: Michael Totten
A long-term comet is a periodic comet which returns to the sun every 200 years or longer. Some long-term comets have orbital periods which are measured in the thousands or millions of years. Designation In the Cometary Designation System, a long-term comet is named for...
Why the moon is bright though the albedo is low
By: Christyl Rivers
The brightness of a full moon has inspired centuries of creation myth, poetry and even vampire and werewolf mini series and movies. Yet few people know that the shining moon actually reflects less light than the planet Venus. The albedo of the moon, it’s...
Comparing Venus to Earth
By: Christyl Rivers
Venus and earth are similar in size, in proximity to the sun, and in gravitation. But living conditions there compared to earth are very different indeed. Venus represents the best planetary cautionary tale that earth science can access in regard to warning human occupants of...
How and why comet tails appear
By: Rex Trulove
Comets are both strange and interesting objects. They vary in size and brightness, with some being so dim they can barely be seen with a telescope and others that are so bright that they can be easily seen with the naked eye. One of the...

 

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