By: Rex Trulove
One of the first objects in the night sky seen by the naked eye that was recognized as a planet was Jupiter. In fact, though it is almost eight times further away from the sun as is the earth, it is the fourth brightest object...
By: Nancy Houser
Albert Einstein once made a statment which said, "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." I wonder if he was referring to the fact that a total eclipse is actually seen by such a few people on Earth, mainly...
By: Tenebris
Our familiar North Star is Polaris, a Cepheid variable trinary star located 431.42 lightyears from earth. It is not the brightest star in the sky, having an average apparent magnitude of only +1.97; but of all the stars of the sky it has...
Identifying and understanding the North Star
By: Susan Smalls
There's nothing quite like gazing up at a starry sky on a clear night without city lights. The way those twinkling diamonds sit on their never-ending black canvas in the country is something that everyone should experience. Without the pollution of city lights, the countryside...
By: Cicely Richard
Most people think of the story of the three wise men when they consider the North Star. Everyone knows how the story goes. They hear of the birth of the Baby Jesus, and they search for him to present him with gift of frankincense and...
By: Tenebris
In outer space, stars generally do not twinkle. Rather, their light tends to be diamond-clear, with no apparent internal motion.Terrestrial scintillation, commonly known as twinkling, can occur only when a star is viewed from within atmosphere, and that only because atmospheres are not of...
By: Rex Trulove
To many people, the North Star is Polaris, a bright star easily located in the northern night sky for most of the northern hemisphere. What many people don't realize is that Polaris actually isn't always, and hasn't always been, the North Star. It is currently...
By: Nancy Houser
In order to study the Sun for its many discoveries, scientists and astronomers over the years have developed many ways to obtain and process new information for the most complete observations available. Using ground-based telescopes and satellites as the most popular methods, requiring highly-advanced special...
By: E.A. Paul
When I was a child, I was a very curious little tyke. I was always asking questions about everything, especially about nature. When the fall of the year arrived, it amazed me how the leaves on the trees knew it was time to fall off...
The month in recorded history with no full moon
By: Effie Moore Salem
The month with no moon is February, according to expert calculators. Once in a blue moon there will be no full moon in one of the twelve months. This article will tell you of the calculations of a certain online web site that deals with...

 

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