Understanding the atmosphere of Venus
By: Malvika Bose
Earth and Venus are of almost same size and yet the comparison ends there. Apart from being neighbouring planets in the solar system there is hardly any parameter which matches when these two planets are compared. Venus is the brightest object in the sky after...
What orbital decay is and what causes it
By: Matthew Kimball
I was recently asked about orbital decay. I wasn’t sure how to explain it to my friend. So I did some research. What I found is that orbital decay is really quite fascinating. The definition of orbital decay is the process of prolonged reduction...
How a neutron star is created
By: Jon Dainty Sr.
A neutron star is formed following the violence of a supernova, with the caveat that the original star’s mass was between eight and 30 times the mass of Sol (Earth’s star). The supernova, in which a massive star blows off its gaseous outer...
What orbital decay is and what causes it
By: Susan R Abrams
Interest in the meaning of orbital decay and what causes it is now on the front burner of many people’s minds because of all the satellites and space debris orbiting our planet. The old fable of Chicken Little’s “the sky is falling...
NASA cutbacks: Is the Space Age over?
By: Paul Rance
Regardless of NASA cutting back on its space program, space projects will still be a prominent part of scientific endeavor in the first half of the 21st Century.The New Space Powers New economic giants such as China will be a major player in space...
By: Kaitlyn Shepanski
Positronium (Ps) is an unstable system consisting of an electron and its anti-particle. These two are together called an ‘exotic atom’. Being unstable, after an average lifetime of 125 ps (Pico seconds) they start to annihilate each other and produce two gamma ray photons...
Asteroid facts: Ceres
By: Andrew Moran
On Jan. 1, 1801, the largest asteroid and the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system, Ceres, was discovered by Giueseppe Piazzi in Sicily, an Italian Catholic priest and mathematician. Ceres was named after the Roman Goddess of growing plants and motherly love. &ldquo...
Myths about comets
By: Janet Grischy
Comets herald the death of great men. Shakespeare says so in the play Julius Caesar, “When beggars die there are no comets seen. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” The Bard was referring to history, or at least to myth...
What orbital decay is and what causes it
By: Prameela Mathew
Orbital Decay 101 Orbital decay is commonly mentioned in advanced modern technology discussions; however many remain interested in learning more about this topic. What is it all about? What causes it to occur? How can it be prevented? What are the hazards it will bring...
Moons of the solar system: Phobos
By: Andrew Moran
On Aug. 18, 1877, American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered the largest and innermost of Mars’ two natural satellites, Phobos. Phobos was named after the Greek God of fear, who was also the son of Ares (Mars). There have been quite a few hypotheses put forward...

 

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