Understanding meteor showers: The Pleiades, the Perseid and more
By: Rex Trulove
A meteor shower is when the Earth passes through a field of debris, which burns up in the atmosphere, creating the familiar "shooting stars". The biggest difference, though, between this and normal meteor falls, is that during a shower there can be from 15 to...
Facts about the Sun
By: Shelly Mcrae
The sun is approximately 877,000 miles in diameter, making it the biggest object in the Solar system. The sun is essentially a big ball of gas, made up of 70% hydrogen and 28% helium. The remaining 2% is made up of metals. But these...
By: Tad Wesley
Dr. Wernher von Braun, widely regarded as "The father of modern rocketry" was born in Wirsitz (at that time part of the kingdom of Prussia) in 1912. When that area was annexed into Poland in 1920, the von Brauns moved to Berlin.During his childhood...
By: Jacob Coburn
The sun is a gigantic sphere of hot gas and fire. It illuminates our world and every other one nearby, for that matter. Without it, life would be impossible, as the millions of chemical reactions needed for our planet to sustain us would never be...
The difference between stars and planets
By: Rex Trulove
Planets and stars may look very much alike in the night sky, but they are very different in their nature.As strange as it may seem, the biggest difference between the two is size. Planets can be gaseous or rocky, but in the former case...
By: Robert Heintzman
There is one main difference between a star and a planet: A star is 'burning' fuel to generate it's own light while a planet is not burning fuel and is only visible due to reflected light. This is, of course, a general rule and there...
The history of astronomy
By: Shelly Mcrae
When humans first looked to the sky and wondered at its power, to bring light and to take it away, the science of astronomy was born. But long before the observations of the heavens came to be known as science, there were myths and legends...
By: Micky Fricker
THE BIG BANG So this is what we do knowTHE GALAXYOur galaxy so they say contains more than a hundred million stars, our nearest star is called the Sun, and the Sun is the source of all our power, the galaxy is said to be...
By: Robert Heintzman
The American plans for space exploration on a limited scale began on in July 1955 when the White House announced its intention to launch a satellite in response to the International Council of Scientific Unions call for artificial satellites to be launched during the International...
By: Alwin Templar
When we think of telescopes we conjure up familiar images of old sea dogs scanning the horizon or astronomers in hilltop observatories gazing at the stars, but what actually ARE telescopes and how do they work?A telescope is simply an optical instrument that makes...

 

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