By: Minute Major
When one thinks of precious metals, Gold is often first to come to mind. The craze for gold was responsible for the California gold rush of 1848 in which approximately 300,000 people traveled to California to fill their pockets with the valuable metal. Often...
History of the X-15 space shuttle
By: D. Vogt
The X-15 was an experimental spaceplane developed by North American Aviation for NASA and the U.S. Air Force, which entered space thirteen times during the 1960s. It set a number of flight records, and the pilots who entered space were subsequently awarded status as...
Wonders of our universe
By: Amelia Walker
The universe; the place we call home; both friendly and at times downright deadly. The huge number of dangers surrounding us at this very moment is mind boggling to think about. But even as we are frightened by the threat they pose, we cant help...
The history of NASA's Skylab Program
By: D. Vogt
Skylab was the United States's first, and to date only, national space station. It orbited the Earth for six years, from 1973 to 1979. It was abandoned for several years before its demise, which came during a planned re-entry which failed to burn up all...
The Orion Nebula
By: D. Vogt
The Orion Nebula is a large, bright nebula roughly 24 light-years across and about 1350 light-years away from the solar system. It is among the brightest nebulae in the galaxy (at least viewed from Earth), so much so that it can be readily seen with...
By: D. Vogt
Assuming the physical world actually exists as we perceive it (and that, for example, some super-powerful extraterrestrial force is not manufacturing starlight in order to deceive us about our surroundings in the universe), the stars we see really were there - at some point. However...
Product reviews: 8mm TeleVue Plossl eye-piece
By: Matt Kelly
I am afraid when reviewing Eyepieces (and telescopes for that matter) it is necessary to go through the technical specs before going onto the fun part, which of course is what you can see! Televue is a company that is generally well regarded when it...
A history of space exploration tragedies
By: D. Vogt
Spacecraft is an inherently dangerous business: launching into orbit atop a massive explosive reaction, hurtling through orbit at tens of thousands of miles per hour protected from the vacuum of space and the heat of the Sun only by the thin metal skin of the...
Product reviews: Sky-Watcher Skyliner 300P Parabolic Dobsonian telescope
By: Matt Kelly
Ever since I can remember I have been passionate about space, although I despised science at school. Perhaps it's the English Literature student in me who is drawn to the romantic, the unobtainable beauty of the cosmos. Let's start with some stuff that might be...
The possibility of earth-like life on the planet Gliese 581 C
By: D. Vogt
The planet Gliese 581c, located just 20 light-years from the solar system (in the constellation Libra) and for a time one of the smallest known extrasolar planets, has captured attention in recent years as one of the most likely candidates for life-bearing planets outside of...

 

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