What is astronomy's explanation for the Star of Bethlehem
By: D. Vogt
Searching for a scientific explanation (i.e. an astronomical explanation) for the Star of Bethlehem would, to many skeptics, be putting the cart before the horse - it's much easier for people who do not believe the gospel narratives to say that the Star of...
Overview of how planetary stars die
By: D. Vogt
Since planetary stars (stars with planets) are essentially the same as other stars, they die the same way. All stars die when they run out of sufficient hydrogen in their cores, and the manner of their death is determined by their size. Essentially, the larger...
Product reviews: Pentax XW 14mm 1.25 inch eye-piece
By: Matt Kelly
Pentax have long been synonymous with quality and as with anything else in this world quality does have it's price. In the XW 14mm's case it's a rather hefty £250 price tag. That may seem an extortionate amount to pay for an eyepiece but...
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
Science is fun and exciting. It is important to get students interested in figuring out that science is “not hard” but a simple learning game. One of the best ways to get students interested in science is to pair it with something they find...
Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim win the Nobel prize for physics for their work with graphene
By: Kenneth Andrews
On October 5th 2010, Professor Andre Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov, both working at the University of Manchester, were announced as the winners of the Nobel Prize for physics for their work in discovering and further researching the wonder material graphene. The prize has been...
Product reviews: Celestron X-Cel 5mm eye-piece
By: Matt Kelly
The Celestron X-Cel 5mm is a high powered eyepiece for planetary and Lunar viewing. The 5mm focal length makes for a high magnification whichever telescope it'sbeing used with. Unlike the majority of eyepieces out there Celestron have used 6 lenses (or elements as they're known)...
By: Ben Herd
Making a battery out of fruit may sound completely ludicrous, but it is absolutely possible and is often demonstrated in chemistry classes in schools. So long as the fruit chosen to act as the battery is a citrus fruit, meaning that it is acidic, the...
By: Ben Herd
A borax snowflake is an artificially grown snow flake used for decoration, which will sparkle like the real thing but won’t melt. Just like with a real snow flake, the borax powder, which is made from a natural mineral called sodium borate and is...
By: Tarek Musslimani
The black body radiation is a key concept of the physics of the 19th century. Its importance stems from the fact that it led to the development of the current quantum theory of light. The black body is so important in physics as an available...
By: Gene Patterson
Tips for making candy glass. If you have ever seen someone thrown through a pane of glass in a movie chances are it was candy glass. This fun confection is actually quite easy to make. ♦ What you need to make candy glass ♦ The...

 

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