Moons of the solar system: Phobos
By: Stine Andersen
Phobos is one of the two moons which orbits around Mars in the Solar System. Phobos is the larger of the two moons to orbit Mars and was discovered 6 days after its little brother Deimos. Phobos is approximately double the size compared to its...
By: Sam Domett
Orbital decay occurs when a satellite or other body in orbit begins to fall into lower and lower orbit as time goes on. There are several reasons for this but the most important is loss of orbit due to friction from the upper atmosphere. The...
By: Dean Traylor
Short-term comets are the cosmic version of Old Faithful. Although comparing a chunk of ice and dirt streaking through space with a geyser in Yellowstone may seem like a stretch, the comets and the geothermal feature are remarkably predictable, in terms of their functions.Short-term...
Starting as an amateur astronomer
By: Chris Medlock
5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Backyard Astronomer A lot of people enjoy stepping outside on a clear night to look at the moon and the stars. It’s a beautiful site. Space is a big place, and we have a great view. However, many...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Taurus (the bull) is one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. Taurus is a prominent constellation which can be seen in the Northern skies (latitudes above the equator). Taurus begins to appear in the East horizon during the months of September and October, and...
By: Terrence Aym
The Russian Federation's space program has run into hard times. A series of spectacular failures has recently been capped by the malfunction of the country's much vaunted Mars-Phobos mission, GRUNT. After failing to boost from Earth orbit, the advanced space probe and rocket to carry...
By: Blighty
Star gazing can be a fascinating hobby as there is so much we can learn about the universe that surrounds us. Many features of the galaxy can be seen from an optical telescope like the Milky Way and Jupiter etc. There are several things the...
Guide to the Lyrids meteor shower
By: Nick Ford
From January until April each year the night sky lacks any significant meteor activity. A strong meteor shower can be a spectacular sight in which numerous shooting stars appear to fall to Earth. The Lyrid meteor shower is an erratic shower that takes place each...
By: John Traveler
Since Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, and a truly gentle soul Giordano Bruno first envisioned the notion of other inhabited worlds in the sixteenth century, subsequent to Copernicus’s geocentric revelation and new human perspectives of the universe, humans have awaited the discovery of the...
Guide to the Lyrids meteor shower
By: Steven Mars
The Lyrids Meteor Shower occurs from April 16 to April 26 every year. Meteors are also called “shooting stars”. The source is the comet C1861 Thatcher. A.E. Thatcher of New York on April 15, 1861. Carl Wilhelm Baeker also found the comet without...

 

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