Astronomers discover two nearby planets that could sustain life
By: Terrence Aym
The greatest hunt in human history is taking place, the hunt for exoplanets—worlds beyond our solar system.The alien planets hang like rare jewels in space, although they may not be too rare for astronomers seem to be finding new ones almost every week...
By: Patricia Jankowski
Mu Cephei, more popularly known as the Garnet Star, is visible to the naked eye in the northern hemisphere constellation of Cepheus. The star has also been called “Herschel’s Garnet Star” because credit for its discovery is given to Sir William Herschel, the...
By: Shannon Farlouis
The Garnet Star is also called Cephei. This is the largest star and it has a vibrant color of garnet red. It is 17.7 times the size of Earth's orbit. It is also called a super-giant star. This star has a very small companion...
By: Nick Ford
The Geminid meteor shower is a particularly spectacular display that can be seen every December in the night sky. This shower is appropriately named because, although shooting stars can occur throughout the sky, many appear to originate from within the constellation Gemini. In good conditions...
A look at the myths about meteor showers
By: Nicole Rios
"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you." These are the opening lines to the song "When You Wish Upon A Star", written in the 1940's for Disney's movie Pinnochio. The idea...
The order of the planets in the solar system
By: Tim Harry
Learning the order of the planets in the solar system should be a relatively easy thing to do; after all there are currently only eight planets to remember. It is though very easy to forget one or to get them in the wrong order, and...
How and why comet tails appear
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
A comet is a solar system body composed of small particles of ice and dust. Comets have high eccentric orbits around the Sun and as they approach the sun, some of their material is vaporized, forming a coma and a long tail. Comets range in...
How to identify the constellation of Cygnus in the night sky
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Cygnus, the swan, is a constelation that can be observed in the northern hemisphere during summer and autumn. Cygnus reaches its highest position in the night sky at about 9 p.m. during the month of September. The swan forms part of an asterism known...
By: Nwachukwu Lawson Luke
The blueprint. When Rutherford discovered the proton in 1918, he was still convinced about the possible existence of some other subatomic particle. He conducted several experiments to illustrate this prediction, and in 1920, concluded that there should, indeed, be another subatomic particle; particularly, one with...
By: Patrick Sills
In the realm of cosmology, there are two main theories as to how the universe was initially formed and what is continuing to happen since its creation. Today, the most popular of these theories suggests that all matter evolved from a gigantic ball of gas...

 

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