No methane detected on Mars
By: Isabelle Esteves
Ever since the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars in early August 2012 to begin a two year mission, the information being sent back has fascinated the world. The latest news, however, is not exactly what many people were hoping to hear. One of the main...
Will we ever Live on another Planet
By: Anthony Megna
It's just a matter of time! Okay, a matter of time, money and the extensive research of getting into space and being able to survive there for long, long periods of time. Yes, the human race will eventually colonize another planet, or perhaps one of...
Understanding the importance of the Magellanic clouds to astronomers
By: Jon Dainty Sr.
The Large and Small Magellanic clouds are relatively close galactic neighbors of the Milky Way, the galaxy in which Earth’s system is found. Anyone wishing to see them from the surface of the planet will need to be located south of the equator; they...
By: D. Vogt
The Moon may not, as most people have always assumed, be the only natural object orbiting the Earth at any one time. Since 2006, astronomers have returned to a question that their profession had largely abandoned decades ago: Are there more moons of Earth, awaiting...
Why Venus is sometimes called the morning or evening star
By: Steven Mars
The planet Venus has two popular nicknames—the “morning star” and the “evening star.” Venus was called the “morning star” when it rose in the morning; and the “evening star” when it rose in the evening. The ancient Greeks, Romans...
Astronomers discover new 'goldilocks' type planet HD 40307 g
By: Leigh Goessl
Astronomers have announced the discovery of a new exoplanet that could potentially support life. The new planet, which has been named HD 40307 g, is believed to be what scientists call a "goldilocks" planet, which means conditions are ripe to harbor life. The discovery of...
By: D. Vogt
Venus is sometimes called the morning star or the evening star because very often it is visible either as the first bright star in the sky during twilight, or the last bright star in the sky at dawn. Both of these strange but predictable occurrences...
By: Michael Totten
Following up on the near-loss of the Hayabusa I mission in 2003-10, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be sending Hayabusa 2 to collect samples from an asteroid in 2014. The name "Hayabusa" means "peregrine falcon" in Japanese. Mission profile Hayabusa 2 is planned...
By: Dr. Bryan Katz
Leo, the Lion, is one of the twelve constellations of the Zodiac. It is one of the few constellations that actually resembles the object or animal for which it is named. In Greek mythology, Leo was identified as the Nemean lion, which Hercules strangled as...
By: Michael Totten
The handedness of a galaxy refers to the direction of its spin, as seen from Earth. A right-handed galaxy spins clockwise, while a left-handed galaxy spins counterclockwise. How to tell which way a galaxy is spinning All spiral and spiral-bar galaxies have arms, which are...

 

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