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Beautiful Puppis A Supernova Remnant

By on Aug 30, 2015 in Pictures | 0 comments

About 7,000 light years away from Earth lies the aftermath of a massive star that went supernova. In its wake we see gorgeous wispy interstellar gases spreading out in a non-uniform manner. The way this happened is a massive star (at least 8 times larger than our Sun) went through stellar death process (where it exhausts all its hydrogen and works its way through heavier elements like helium>carbon>oxygen etc.) and eventually the star’s core collapsed when it lost stability. This resulted in one of the most spectacular explosions in the universe – a supernova. (Want more details on how supernovae happen? Read my article here).     As the supernova remnant expands into its surroundings it shocks filaments of oxygen atoms (glowing green-blue). What’s even more fascinating is that the span of this supernova is 60 light years across (About 600 trillion km...

The Mystery on How Saturn and Jupiter were Formed

By on Aug 25, 2015 in Solar System | 0 comments

Saturn and Jupiter are one of the largest gaseous planets in our solar system that hold a plethora of excitement and mystery. One of the mysteries is how these planets actually formed. You may be thinking to yourself, “Is that really a big mystery to us?” And the answer is yes. Let me tell you why.     The mystery starts with the widely accepted theory called core accretion model. This model states that a planet-sized core of rock and ice form first. Following that, an inflow of interstellar gas and dust latch on to the growing planet. At this part of the model is where it gets a little dicey, because you see the very first step of this process doesn’t match up with the following: Accumulating a massive atmosphere requires a solid core of 10x that of Earth. However, these objects must form in a few million years. Why does that matter? It matters because the...

The Most Surprising Facts About the Perseid Meteor Shower

By on Aug 13, 2015 in Meteor Showers | 0 comments

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the biggest spectacles of the year and even if you’re not into astronomy you have probably heard something about it. However, once I started digging in a little further the story got a little more interesting… Quick facts about the Perseids Meteor Shower: Comet of Origin: 109P/Swift-Tuttle Meteor Shower period: July 17 to August 24th Meteor shower Peaks: Aug. 12-13, 2015 Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour Look North / North-East late at night (after 10 p.m EST) Comet Swift-Tuttle has the mass of about 7 cars Comet takes 133 years to orbit the sun Travelling roughly at 58 km/s or 36 mi/s Will make closest approach in the year 2126 and 4479 If it impacted Earth it would be 27 times more powerful than the asteroid that took out the dinosaurs   So without further adieu let’s talk about what Perseid meteor shower...

Carnival of Space 412: Best Space Stories of the Week!

By on Jun 29, 2015 in Carnival of Space | 0 comments

Hello space fans and welcome to Carnival of Space 412! We have a ton of awesome content for you and without further adieu let’s jump in.     1. “One Month“ Dr. Schenk’s 3D House of Satellites shows us the excitement with Pluto’s mission called New Horizons. He’s even had some influence on the mission and it’s definitely worth checking out what he has to say about this amazing mission.   2. “About Time: Is the June 30th Leap Second the Last?“ Universe Today looks at the extra second we’ll be gaining on June 30th. However, is it the reason we’ve been told or is it something completely different? Check the rest out here.   3. “NASA Gives ‘GO’ for Mission to Alien Ocean World at Jupiter Moon Europa“ Universe Today looks at the incredibly exciting mission for Europa. NASA gives the green light...

5 Awesome Things You May Not Know About Pluto

By on Jun 21, 2015 in Solar System | 3 comments

In the last decade Pluto has gone through a lot of controversy around whether it’s a planet or not. However, controversy aside there are some really cool discoveries happening in the just the last month or so. We’re going to take a look at my favorite 5 things about Pluto that you may not know about. Please let me know in the comments below of a Pluto fact that you really found interesting or fascinating.   1. Pluto’s color was not what we expected Pluto’s color is a lot different than some of us had imagined. I thought it might have been blue because it’s considered an icy dwarf planet. However, that is actually not the case at all here. First off Pluto has two contrasting colors – beige / dark orange and to me what looks like a grey or grey with a tinge of blue. Actually, the internet had represented Pluto in either red or blue. So I’d...

Carnival of Space 403: Best Space News Roundup

By on Apr 30, 2015 in Carnival of Space | 0 comments

Carnival of Space 403: On the Frontier of Space Science News     Welcome to another edition of Carnival of Space! This is a series hosted by many space science bloggers and you can find the entire list over at Universe Today. Well with no further delay let’s jump into the best science stories of the week! Close Encounter of the Asteroid Kind – 2015 HD1 Skims By Earth Tonight     Our first story comes from our awesome friends over at Universe Today. Are you a fan of asteroids or learning about how Earth manages to avoid these potentially destructive forces? Well check out the full story about how we had a close encounter with asteroid 2015 HDI.   Star Wars teaser evaluated using planetary science impact modeling software. Here’s a story by Lounge of Lab Lemming that goes into the planetary science behind Star Wars. If you were ever curious on if some...

Carnival of Space 397: Best Space News Roundup

By on Mar 15, 2015 in Carnival of Space | 0 comments

Carnival of Space 397: Where We Start Our Week and Dream About Tomorrow     Hello space fans! Here’s a collection of awesome space articles submitted by the Carnival of Space community via Universe Today. Take a look around and try not to get lost as the universe is quite large and might be hard to find your way back. Well let’s jump right into it! The Asteroid that Didn’t Hit Us   Check out Jason Major’s post on the asteroid that almost hit us. We encounter many near earth misses but read more about why this is more unique.   Will the March 20th Total Solar Eclipse Impact Europe’s Solar Energy Grid?   Universe Today takes a look at the upcoming solar eclipse happening on March 20th. It’s unique event that draws many people together that’s dated back for centuries. However, how will this affect Europe’s solar energy...

5 Amazing Facts Everyone Should Know About Our Sun

By on Feb 15, 2015 in Solar System | 4 comments

5 Amazing Facts Everyone Should Know About Our Sun       We hear a lot about other gorgeous planets like Saturn or Jupiter and we appreciate the Sun but never hear too much about it. What is the Sun exactly? The Sun is a beautiful ball of hydrogen and helium gas that burns bright about 150 million km from our pale blue dot called Earth. The size alone of the Sun is astounding even though in the grand scheme of things it’s just an average little guy. The radius of the Sun is 695,800 km which could fit our Earth about 109 times across! Alright let’s jump right into the main reason you are here: 5 amazing facts about our Sun that we should just all keep in mind. Here we go!   1)  Gravity on the Sun is 28 times that of Earth   Okay so depending on who you are 28 times may not seem like a lot at first but it’s always about perspective when it comes...

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