Jupiter: largest planet in the solar system
By: Effie Moore Salem
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It measures 88,846 miles across. It is so massive the earth could fit itself into this giant swirling mass of low density atmospheric gaseous clouds 1,000 times. It is so large in fact it...
By: Cicely Richard
One hundred years ago, the Tunguska event, a massive explosion, occurred on June 30, 1908 in a sparsely populated area near the Podkamennaya Tuguska River of Siberia. On that day, a ball of fire exploded 6 miles above the ground, releasing 15 megatons of energy...
Identifying and understanding the North Star
By: Effie Moore Salem
Locate the the big dipper and it will lead you to the north star. Knowing about the North Star and how to locate it is useful information for sailors or mountain hikers; for the rest of us locating it and being able to point to...
By: Cicely Richard
"Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are? Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky." Many children have been lulled to sleep by the simple lyrics of this song about the beauty of the stars winking at...
Lightyears: An overview
By: Cicely Richard
Fans of science fiction may be familiar with the term light years by watching any incarnation of the Star Trek franchise. They commonly talk about planets and star systems being so many light years away. However, the word may have had little meaning at the...
By: Vicki Phipps
A new discovery in the depths of our solar system raised questions about what makes a planet a planet, so it might be true that we do have a tenth planet, but then again, maybe it isn't. Ever since the discovery of Neptune in 1845...
By: Hannah Rice Myers
You do not have to be an astronomy buff to bask in the glorious beauty of the night sky. Its mysterious realm of darkness is blanketed with the speckled lights of the stars that we wish upon before we lay our heads down to dream...
By: Nancy Houser
When research about sun dogs begins, it is necessary to look at their influence on history as a major part of early cultures. Occasionally viewed as evil curses over certain periods of antiquity, sun dogs were also portrayed during other periods as omens of good...
By: Nancy Houser
In order to identify and fully appreciate the North Star we need to understand it, yet in order to understand it we need to be able to accurately identify it. A dilemma of sorts for many, excluding dedicated astronomers whose lives have been spent quietly...
Lightyears: An overview
By: Adewale Olowode
A lightyear is a non-fundamental unit of length or distance equivalent to 9,500,000,000,000,000 meters.It is a much more bigger unit of distance created by scientiststo represent the distance that light travels in one year.Lightyear is the perfect unit...

 

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