Category: Astronomy

pluto, planet, solar system

Pluto….The Planet? The Debate Rages On

Back in 2006, the International Astronomic Union passed a resolution to adopt a new, formal definition of a “planet.” According to their standards, bodies that orbit the Sun, are spherical, do not orbit other bodies and have cleared their orbits can be deemed “planets.” It was when this ruling was made that Pluto became known …

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Light Up The Sky: Man Made Meteor Shower Planned

The skies over Japan will light up with a spectacular display of shooting stars in 2019. Do we know this because scientists have studied the astronomical and atmospheric conditions? Nope. We know this because the meteor shower is a planned, staged, man-made event. A Japanese company called Star-ALE has developed the technological ability to create …

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Astronomy Game Giveaway

This giveaway is not a basic giveaway. It’s an unrecognised gem for true astronomy lovers. This card game is anything but a classic. It’s a unique game that never made it in the educational world ─ probably because it was full of nerdy facts about astronomy. This card set has information and challenge questions about …

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The Total Solar Eclipse is Coming August 21! Are You Ready to Watch?

The next total solar eclipse is set to occur on August 21 – are you prepared to witness it? If you’re in the United States, you’re in a prime position to experience the event. This is the first time since the 13th century that an eclipse will cut across the U.S., only touching the country’s …

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saturn, planet, space

The Life and Death of Cassini, the Saturn Probe

Cassini has been in the news as of late, and if you know anything about it, you’re likely aware of its ties to Saturn. As the NASA spacecraft ends its mission to the ringed planet, many people are torn over its eventual end – Cassini is expected to plunge itself into Saturn’s atmosphere, essentially self-destructing …

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Scientists Have Found 7 “Earth-like” Planets with Their Own “Sun” Star

If you were looking for a new place to set up shop in the universe, you may be in luck. Seven new temperate terrestrial planets have been discovered by scientists, as published in a study in Nature (Gillon et al., 2017). It is the first time that scientists have found so many terrestrial planets orbiting …

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moon, full moon, science, gravity

Could the Moon Have Been Formed Out of Several ‘Moonlets?’

The moon is often thought of as just a big, bright ball in the night sky, but many have stopped to question how it got there. In fact, scientists have theorized that around four-and-a-half billion years ago, a large object sideswiped Earth. The debris from the collision might have entered outer space, and those pieces …

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NASA Scientist: We Could Be in Big Trouble if a Comet Flies Too Close to Earth

Could our planet be in trouble if a comet heads in our direction? One NASA scientist believes this may be the case, but a lot of factors will come into play. Dr. Joseph Nuth, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, made his opinion known while speaking at the annual meeting of the American …

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