The influence of the Cold War on space exploration
By: Christyl Rivers
The primary influence of the Cold War on space exploration was to spur it forward. Without a contest between the United States and Russia, there would not have been a rivalry that effectively resulted in the Apollo program. President John F. Kennedy famously said it...
Examples of Charles Law
By: Cyrus Irani
Charles law states that if the volume of a gas is kept constant, the pressure of the gas is directly proportional to the temperature. Which suggests that in an ideal situation where the volume does not change, if either the pressure or temperature is increased...
The history of SETI
By: Paul Gravestock
What is SETI and why do people do it? SETI is the Search for Extra Terrestrial Life, such a search was first envisaged in 1959 by a pair of scientists Giuseppe Cocconi and Phillip Morrison who published an article in Nature entitled ‘Searching for...
Discovery of finite speed of light estimated from Jupiter's moons
By: Paul Gravestock
Until fairly recent times there was much conjecture and differing of opinions on light and its velocity, many believed such as Jonathen Kepler, a key figure in 17th century astronomical revolution, that light had an infinite speed and travelled everywhere instantly, another key figure this...
By: John Welford
Phlogiston does not exist and never did. However, during much of the 17th and 18th centuries many scientists and philosophers believed that it did, and that it solved the age-old problem of explaining what happened when things burned. Robert Boyle (1627-91) had discovered that fire...
New horizons: NASA's mission to Pluto
By: Jeremy Patton
The recent demotion of Pluto to “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union has not diminished its interest to astronomers. New Horizon’s upcoming encounter with this dark, icy world will likely reveal many secrets about the formation of the solar system. On January...
By: Irrira Rikki
Would someone like NASA try to make contact with Aliens if it was a 100% nonsensical thing to do? Or our great late astronomer and physicist, Dr Carl Sagan, make such a fool of his own son, by allowing his voice to be heard on...
By: John Atchison
Somewhere in our lifetimes, we have all watched the movies. Stars Wars, Armageddon, and the like that try to use the vastness that is space to delight our minds with thoughts of what is and what could be. We think of possible other life forms...
Best times to view the Leonids meteor shower 2010
By: Leigh Goessl
During mid-November 2010, the Leonids meteor shower is expected to begin to make its appearance around November 13 and have peak showing from November 17-18; the appearance is expected to last until November 20. On these evenings stargazers should look to see the shower radiating...
What to do if you see a UFO
By: David Greenwell
Run! Run really fast! Don't look back. Run as if you're being chased by an overgrown pit bull on steroids! Don't sit around and stare at it like it's gonna put on a show for you and change colors while spinning. But if you do...

 

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