What was the Heliocentric model of the universe?
By: Janette Waldron
The heliocentric model is the theory which states that the Sun is the centre of the universe and the planets which orbit around it. The heliocentric model replaced geocentricism. Geocentrism is the belief that the Earth is the centre of the universe. The word &lsquo...
Understanding the Moon's influence on Earth
By: Carole Somerville
Every night we witness the different phases of the Moon, one of the most spectacular celestial objects in our night time sky. The Moon is our very own satellite and since the beginning of mankind it has been the subject of much speculation, wonder and...
Top astronomy books for kids
By: Janette Waldron
Most children are highly fascinated with the twinkling stars above, the haloed moon and planets within our solar system. No doubt many readers have been bombarded with a number of questions pertaining to the heavens above. Questions which they often don’t know the correct...
Understanding the Moon's influence on Earth
By: Janette Waldron
It is said that the moon derived from the Earth as a result of a singular impact soon after the formation of the Earth. As a result, the evolution of the Earth and the emergence and development of life has been strongly influenced by the...
Understanding the Moon's influence on Earth
By: Mo Bruce
The Earth is unique in having a satellite as large as the Moon so close to it. This does mean that the Moon has a number of influences on the Earth. It’s more obvious influence is on the Earth’s oceanic tides. With some...
Viewing techniques for urban stargazing
By: Janette Waldron
A great number of galaxies, star clusters and planetary nebulae are visibly within reach of urban stargazers. But a host of urban stargazers are at a major disadvantage when attempting to obverse them through telescopes, binoculars or the naked eye. There are a host of...
By: Mo Bruce
Every kid has a fascination for the night sky, and it’s up to us adults to encourage such an interest. The best way to do that is to get your children learning about the sky through reading books, and there is a great selection...
What was the Heliocentric model of the universe?
By: Carole Somerville
Look up at the stars on a clear night and it isn’t difficult to imagine how our ancestors would have viewed the dome of heaven moving slowly over the earth in a spectacular display of lights. Early farmers began to recognise there was a...
What is a blue moon?
By: Carole Somerville
The phrase “Blue Moon” has been around for hundreds of years and its meaning has gradually changed over time. Back in 1528, an anonymous poem went like this: “Read me and be not wrothe, For I say no things but truth: If they...
What causes shooting stars?
By: Carole Somerville
The inspiration behind myths, poems, novels and paintings, witnessing a shooting star is a brief and magical vision that has always fascinated mankind. Many cultures have attached superstitions to shooting stars and traditionally seeing a shooting star was sign of a birth, new beginnings or...

 

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