The importance of being able to identify constellations for star gazers
By: Dr. Bryan Katz
One of the challenges amateur star observers face is learning to identify constellations. When the average person hears that the sky is divided into 88 constellations, the initial reaction is often, “Forget it. It’s hopeless. I’ll never remember most of them.&rdquo...
By: Tim Cook
A man looks up at the night sky and feels a sense of wonder as he takes in the sparkling spray of stars that fills the field of vision. No fool, he knows most of these twinkling points of light are distant stars much like...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Sally Ride impacted the space program by being the first woman in space. She went into space two times. She was the youngest astronaut to go into space at age 32. After her experiences in space, she co-authored five science books for children. In the...
Introduction to organic chemistry
By: Paul Stanphill
Understanding Organic Chemistry Table of Contents:1. Introduction – the Importance of Carbon2. Hydrocarbons3. Commonly Seen elements4. Organic Functional Groups5. Naming of Carbon Containing Compounds6. Conquering Organic Chemistry 1. Introduction - the Importance of Carbon On the first day of any class of Organic Chemistry, the...
The technology behind the lowering of NASA's new Curiosity rover onto Mars
By: Elizabeth M Young
NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on the surface of Mars on Monday, August 6 and the event was described as "seven minutes of terror". Forbes reports that much was at stake during those seven minutes, including a $2.5 billion investment, years of effort, and hopes...
By: Dr. Bryan Katz
Numerous volumes have been written about the science of cosmology over the centuries. Strange as it may sound, until the 1920’s, many scientists thought the Milky Way galaxy constituted the entire universe. Terms now familiar to the general public, such as the Big Bang...
By: Terrence Aym
Calling himself "BTE (Build the Enterprise) Dan," a US engineer has unveiled an inspiring and bold plan to go where NASA has never gone before, namely build James T. Kirk's Starship Enterprise.Although the space ship would not have a matter transmitter, warp engines...
Curiosity lands on Mars
By: Todd Pheifer
Curiosity has landed, and the engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are ecstatic. if you don't believe me, watch the video of how the engineers reacted after it was confirmed that the rover was safely on the ground. Why are these people so excited? When...
Astronomy for kids: Tips for observing space from a telescope
By: Stella Kaye
Wherever you live in the world you can easily develop a keen interest in astronomy and gaze up at the stars in awe. The word astronomy comes from the Greek word astron meaning ‘Star’. It is an exciting hobby for anyone to have and...
Why NASA's budget for Mars exploration is being cut
By: Elizabeth M Young
The decision to cut funding for Mars exploration was made early in year 2012, with hundreds of millions in cuts that would apply to year 2013. The cuts forced NASA to cancel missions that would have sent a Mars orbiter in 2016, and a Mars...

 

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