Understanding the importance of the Magellanic clouds to astronomers
By: Jon Dainty Sr.
The Large and Small Magellanic clouds are relatively close galactic neighbors of the Milky Way, the galaxy in which Earth’s system is found. Anyone wishing to see them from the surface of the planet will need to be located south of the equator; they...
By: D. Vogt
The Moon may not, as most people have always assumed, be the only natural object orbiting the Earth at any one time. Since 2006, astronomers have returned to a question that their profession had largely abandoned decades ago: Are there more moons of Earth, awaiting...
By: D. Vogt
Scientific research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN won't stop with the confirmation of evidence, recently announced, of the existence of the Higgs boson - a tiny but crucial subatomic particle sometimes referred to as the "God particle." Instead, the Large Hadron Collider...
Why Venus is sometimes called the morning or evening star
By: Steven Mars
The planet Venus has two popular nicknames—the “morning star” and the “evening star.” Venus was called the “morning star” when it rose in the morning; and the “evening star” when it rose in the evening. The ancient Greeks, Romans...
Astronomers discover new 'goldilocks' type planet HD 40307 g
By: Leigh Goessl
Astronomers have announced the discovery of a new exoplanet that could potentially support life. The new planet, which has been named HD 40307 g, is believed to be what scientists call a "goldilocks" planet, which means conditions are ripe to harbor life. The discovery of...
By: D. Vogt
Venus is sometimes called the morning star or the evening star because very often it is visible either as the first bright star in the sky during twilight, or the last bright star in the sky at dawn. Both of these strange but predictable occurrences...
By: Michael Totten
Following up on the near-loss of the Hayabusa I mission in 2003-10, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be sending Hayabusa 2 to collect samples from an asteroid in 2014. The name "Hayabusa" means "peregrine falcon" in Japanese. Mission profile Hayabusa 2 is planned...
Unexpected applications of Nanotechnology
By: Christyl Rivers
Nanotechnology arose in the 1980’s and is now widely used in medical, structural and health and beauty industries. Working at the nano level means quite small. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, (nano =billion). That is difficult to conceive, so a practical...
By: Dr. Bryan Katz
Leo, the Lion, is one of the twelve constellations of the Zodiac. It is one of the few constellations that actually resembles the object or animal for which it is named. In Greek mythology, Leo was identified as the Nemean lion, which Hercules strangled as...
By: Michael Totten
The handedness of a galaxy refers to the direction of its spin, as seen from Earth. A right-handed galaxy spins clockwise, while a left-handed galaxy spins counterclockwise. How to tell which way a galaxy is spinning All spiral and spiral-bar galaxies have arms, which are...

 

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