An overview of the Geminid meteor showers
By: Leigh Goessl
December is when the annual Geminid meteor showers make their appearance. In 2012, it is expected that Geminids will have a terrific showing in the United States due to what has been described as "inky" black skies, allowing the meteors to really stand out. &bull...
By: Michael Totten
VV Cephei is a mass-exchanging eclipsing binary star which consists of VV Cephei A, a red supergiant, and VV Cephei B, a blue main sequence star. It can be found in the middle of the constellation Cephus, which gives it its name. Its exact distance...
NASA moon-mapping mission ends with crash landing
By: Wayne K. Wilkins
2012 has been a hugely successful and world changing year for NASA. Not only has the astronomy giant successfully landed the Mars Rover “Curiosity” on the red planet to successfully send back, for the first time, some of the most detailed and awe-inspiring images...
By: M E Skeel
V354 Cephei is a star. Stars are given names that are combinations of a number and the name of the constellation in which they are seen. The constellation Cepheus is a group of stars which is visible in the Northern Hemisphere that was named by...
Astronomers discover two nearby planets that could sustain life
By: Terrence Aym
The greatest hunt in human history is taking place, the hunt for exoplanets—worlds beyond our solar system.The alien planets hang like rare jewels in space, although they may not be too rare for astronomers seem to be finding new ones almost every week...
By: Patricia Jankowski
Mu Cephei, more popularly known as the Garnet Star, is visible to the naked eye in the northern hemisphere constellation of Cepheus. The star has also been called “Herschel’s Garnet Star” because credit for its discovery is given to Sir William Herschel, the...
By: Shannon Farlouis
The Garnet Star is also called Cephei. This is the largest star and it has a vibrant color of garnet red. It is 17.7 times the size of Earth's orbit. It is also called a super-giant star. This star has a very small companion...
By: Nick Ford
The Geminid meteor shower is a particularly spectacular display that can be seen every December in the night sky. This shower is appropriately named because, although shooting stars can occur throughout the sky, many appear to originate from within the constellation Gemini. In good conditions...
A look at the myths about meteor showers
By: Nicole Rios
"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you." These are the opening lines to the song "When You Wish Upon A Star", written in the 1940's for Disney's movie Pinnochio. The idea...
The order of the planets in the solar system
By: Tim Harry
Learning the order of the planets in the solar system should be a relatively easy thing to do; after all there are currently only eight planets to remember. It is though very easy to forget one or to get them in the wrong order, and...

 

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