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Top 10 Astronomy Discoveries in 2015

By on Dec 28, 2015 in Round Up Post | 0 comments

What a year it has been for science and astronomy. From the first up close and personal images of Pluto to key insights of what happened to Mars’ water, it’s been nothing short of excitement. While we’ve made some great discoveries this year we’ve also had some fantastic surprises as well that are worth mentioning. Without further delay let’s jump into the best astronomy discoveries of 2015!   1. New Horizons makes historic Pluto flyby and delivers incredible data Credit: NASA Arguably one of the most exciting discoveries in 2015 or perhaps as far as the last decade is Pluto. As one of the most controversial planets this dwarf planet gave us a heart, moons, and a bizarre surface. There is still more data on the way for Pluto and we’re still discovering more and more. Check out Sky and Telescopes “Top 10 Surprises from Pluto” for a...

Your Next 2016 Space Calendar!

By on Dec 13, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

Whether you’re a space enthusiast or looking for a perfect little thank you this Year in Space Calendar is nothing short of amazing. By the way, if you’re a Carl Sagan fan then you’ll be glad to know this calendar was published with help from Sagan’s pride and joy – The Planetary Society. This calendar is created in collaboration with Planetary Society so you know you’ll be getting a wonderful experience. One thing this calendar does a great job of is keeping you informed and teaching you something new each month. Check out some of these samples from the calendar.   Each month is loaded with tons of information from nebulae to epic / historic space missions. What I really do appreciate is the fact they highlight a scientist in each month. This gives me a deeper appreciation for the people who have contributed to space exploration and helping us find our...

MAVEN Reveals How Mars Lost its Atmosphere

By on Nov 7, 2015 in Solar System | 0 comments

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution or the MAVEN mission discovered some incredible new pieces of information about Mars. These findings revealed that the Sun, in its devilish way, destroyed the atmosphere of Mars. Stripping away a heavenly environment where water flowed and life could thrive in. Furthermore, NASA learned that the once-thick atmosphere of Mars was blown away by the Sun’s solar winds between 4.2 billion and 3.7 billion years ago.   What’s terrifying is that Mars only retained 1% of its atmosphere as a result. Not only that but the rate at which Mars was losing its atmosphere: one quarter pound of atoms per second! That is the mass of a cheeseburger being stripped away by the solar winds every second. A tasty but frightening image. What about our very own Earth? Don’t we get hit by solar winds too? Well our Earth is shielded by such harmful...

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...

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