What are star constellations?
By: Effie Moore Salem
Star constellations are groups or clusters of stars with peculiar arrangements that suggest to professional and amateur viewers ways of identifying, for guidelines, or how to more efficiently maneuver their star gazing jaunts. In all, according to The International Astronomical Union, there are eighty-eight constellations...
By: Lenna Gonya
Saturn has been a source of interest and mystery since man first noticed it in the heavens. It definitely has an abundance of moons of all shapes and sizes, including what are commonly called shepherd moons. Shepherd moons are small moons that are found revolving...
By: Tenebris
The moment the news was released that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had discovered opal on Mars, I knew that at one time, there had once been persistent masses of liquid water on the Martian surface. Hydrated silica, better known as an opal, is a gel...
By: Tenebris
Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, and the second largest gas giant in the solar system. It takes twenty-nine and a half years to orbit the sun. Its name comes from Saturn (Kronos), the father of Jupiter. One of the original five planets...
By: Hortense Foster
There are so many questions that one could ask about dwarf planets, such as (What are dwarfing planets? How could this be? What identifies a planet as being dwarf?) Just a few, but for the purpose of this article it is. What are Dwarf...
By: Tenebris
Originally, the rotation rate of a planet was measured by tracking visual features believed to be on the surface of the planet. This is still the case today for nearby rocky planets with solid surfaces and distinct landforms visible from earth. A different way of...
By: Tenebris
A shepherd moon orbits near the outer edges of a gas giant's rings, or sometimes even within the rings themselves. These moons appear to be responsible for defining sharp boundaries and even gaps in those rings. The gravity of the shepherd moon "herds" wayward ring...
Overview on Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion
By: Effie Moore Salem
Kepler's three laws deal with how the planets orbit the sun. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) in 1599, as a former assistant to Danish Astronomer, Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), was a note taker and observer of the stars, galaxies, and heavenly matters, worked hard to understand how the...
By: Ramona Taylor
The words "shepherd moon" may bring to mind flocks grazing along green meadows in the moonlight night; however, when applied to celestial bodies, the term brings about another image. Our solar system is home to many phenomenal objects, but the most beautiful and intriguing include...
By: Lenna Gonya
Jovian planets, which include Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, are truly giants in our solar system. Jupiter’s mass is 318 times that of Earth. Jovian planets, sometimes called the “gas giants“, are truly the giants of our solar system. All of these planets...

 

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