By: Imonikhe Ahimie
Light pollution is said to occur when artificial sources of light interfere with the natural night environment as a result of the glare that such lights create. This phenomenon is essentially a function of the increased, and increasing, level of urbanization worldwide. Thus, light pollution...
By: D. Vogt
A supernova, or the explosion at the end of a giant star's life, is one of the most spectacular and destructive phenomena in the natural world. Although the risk is small, a nearby supernova could be devastating to life on Earth because of the intense...
By: Imonikhe Ahimie
On September 23, 1846 the German astronomer, Johann Galle (1812 - 1910), discovered the planet that is now designated Neptune. Galle’s discovery of the planet had come about a result of the work done by the French mathematician, Urbain Leverrier (1811 - 1877), who...
By: D. Vogt
Environmental regulations on Mars may be doing more harm than good. That's the conclusion of two scientists, astronomer Alberto G. Fairen of Cornell University and Dirke Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, whose research was published in the journal Nature Geoscience in 2013. Their work promises...
By: D. Vogt
Messier 87, or M87, is a giant elliptical galaxy located about 53.5 million light-years from Earth. It is known for the supermassive black hole in its core and its exceptionally bright radio emissions. M87 is also known as Virgo A and NGC 4486. M87...
By: D. Vogt
For quite some time, astronomers have been chasing after evidence of one of the most elusive - but most prevalent - substances in the universe: an invisible, seemingly undetectable form of matter which they call dark matter. In recent years, that search has led them...
Hubble spots a 'blue planet' that rains glass
By: A.W. Berry
An uninhabitable planet that is approximately 63 light-years from home is thought by NASA experts to have the potential to rain glass. As far-fetched as that sounds, the science behind the planet's discovery illustrates how this is possible. Several clues about the planet's atmosphere have...
By: John Atchison
Television shows like Star Trek have opened up a world of fantasy to generations of fans. Producers told viewers of exploring new worlds and boldly going "where no man has gone before". Perhaps that is why scientists are so enamored with space. It is considered...
Bill in US Congress would create national park on moon
By: Christine Zibas
Yosemite on the moon? That’s just what Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) are proposing, according to USA Today. With their House bill (HR 2617), they hope to create a national historic park on the moon. While the U.S. hasn&rsquo...
By: D. Vogt
The Andromeda Galaxy (also known as Messier 31 or M31) is a large spiral galaxy located about 2.5 million light-years from the Milky Way. It contains about one trillion stars, and is one of the most distant objects which can readily be seen with...

 

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