By: Robert Heintzman
Born in 1912, von Braun had discovered the concept of space travel, as so many of us had, through the science fiction novels of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The man who made it all seem possible was the science writer, Hermann Oberth and...
By: Tad Wesley
Meteor showers are relatively common occurrences, with several scheduled ones occurring annually, and others occurring on a seemingly random basis. We'll concentrate most of our discussion on the annual showers; however in most cases, the information herein will apply to all such events.Before we...
By: Mark Hopkins
In our Solar System, the Sun lies at the center and everything goes around it, a fact first realized by the ancient Greek mathematician and astronomer Aristarchus of Samos in the third century BC.The star we call the Sun is a gigantic ball of...
By: Saw Kenny
When we look up to the night sky where there is no cloud and light pollution, we can distinctly see many bright objects suspend on the sky. Some are very bright and large in size, and some are very small and difficult to determine what...
By: Frances Simon
The ancients believed that an eclipse was an event only explainable through the actions of their gods. Modern man has the benefit of not only knowing what an eclipse is caused by, but of being able to support these beliefs through scientific fact.An eclipse...
By: Robert Heintzman
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934 1968), a Russian military officer was the first man in space and the first to orbit the Earth on that same flight. His small stature, 5 ft. 2 in., was instrumental in getting him assigned to fly the mission in the...
By: Kristi Walker
Legends About the Stars For thousands of years, stars have been the muse of many a storyteller. If you will allow them to, stars, like a book, can tell you a tale, even today! Legends abound in the sky. In the past, everything celestial was...
By: Mark Hopkins
In one sense, space exploration is as old as Mankind itself, staring up at the Heavens, but it was not until the 1950s that man made objects could be sent out beyond the Earth's atmosphere. The capture of German rocket scientists by the USSR and...
By: Kristi Walker
The Future of Astronomy Space is expanding and the Universe is, literally, growing. The future of Astronomy and Astrophysics is wide open! With this in mind, I'll attempt to narrow the immediate future of Astronomy down to three basic directions.1. Space Exploration: Since the...
By: Sharon Stellarini
When it comes to moons, it seems like these are a planet's must-have accessory. Although Mercury and Venus have no moons whatsoever, Mars has two while the Outer Planets have what seems like an innumerable amount. On the other hand, Earth only has one moon...

 

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