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  • Sounding Rocket Solves One Cosmic Mystery, Reveals Another

    Sounding Rocket Solves One Cosmic Mystery, Reveals Another

    In the last century, humans realized that space is filled with types of light we can’t see – from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background that comes from every corner of the universe. Some of this invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays, the source of which has been hotly contended over the past few decades. It wasn’t until the flight of the DXL sounding rocket, short for Diffuse X-ray […]

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  • The future of VY Canis Majoris

    The future of VY Canis Majoris

    Discover what the future holds for hypergiants like VY Canis Majoris. Betelgeuse is another hypergiant and is predicted to go hypernova very soon, if not already. The impending gamma ray burst is something of great concern if directed at Earth as it is close enough to cause significant damage. VY Canis Majoris (VY CMa) is a red hypergiant in the constellation Canis Major. It is one of the largest known stars by radius and also one of the most luminous […]

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  • The Overview Effect

    The Overview Effect

    There is a profound cognitive shift that astronauts experience when they see Earth from Space. That’s the idea behind the title of this video, based on a phrase coined by the author Frank White. On a perpetual loop around Planet Earth, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been observing cities, oceans, continents, and our cosmic surroundings in astonishing detail. In their spare time, they have captured Earth’s dynamic beauty in one of the greatest photographic collections of all time. […]

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  • The Secret of the Dark Side of the Moon

    The Secret of the Dark Side of the Moon

    Earth’s gravity is so strong we only see one side of the orbiting moon. Modern exploration to the mysterious dark side revealed dramatic surprises and revised theories about the moon’s formation. Enjoy and share……….

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  • The surface of Pluto

    The surface of Pluto

    A time capsule Pock marked with pimples, blackheads and acne the faces of youth and young adults tell a riveting tale. You can tell where they touched their faces after ingesting bacon fat, how much beer they have been drinking and how much milk is in their diet. Pluto, a dwarf planet is similar. It’s surface tells a story. A time capsule into the early days of the Solar System. It’s pimples are preserved as there are no plate tectonics […]

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  • Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe

    Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe

    WFIRST The Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope, is a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics. The telescope has a primary mirror that is 2.4 meters in diameter (7.9 feet), and is the same size as the Hubble Space Telescope’s primary mirror. WFIRST will have two instruments, the Wide Field Instrument, and the Coronagraph Instrument. The Wide Field Instrument will have a field of view that is 100 times greater […]

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  • Uranus


    Not just a funny name The butt (pun not intended) of many jokes, in terms of possible names that could have been chosen Uranus ranks at the bottom. With its location at the rear of the Solar System with just Neptune behind it, Uranus is one of the outer most actual planets. A gas giant, a featureless planet, it does not have much wind activity as the other gas giants. This is attributed to a lack of internal fluctuation in […]

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  • Welcome to Mercury

    Welcome to Mercury

    A dead ball of iron. Mercury and Venus. One is a dead planet while the other one is just plain deadly. Mercury is one of the largest Terran bodies in the solar system. It has ice inside craters at it’s poles, which can be continually dark. Astounding that ice could exist on Mercury given how close it is to the Sun. Also, Mercury has a magnetic field which is strong enough to slow the Sun’s solar wind, which then creates […]

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  • What Does Earth Look like from Mars?

    What Does Earth Look like from Mars?

    Modern astronomy and space exploration has blessed us with a plethora of wonderful images. Whether they were images of distant planets, stars and galaxies taken by Earth-based telescopes, or close-ups of planets or moons in our own Solar System by spacecraft, there has been no shortage of inspiring pictures. But what would it look like to behold planet Earth from another celestial body? Enjoy and share…..

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  • What does the surface of Venus look like?

    What does the surface of Venus look like?

    What does Venus look like underneath her clouds? One thing the Soviets got right were those freaking Venera probes, were they persistent or what. Amazing stuff bravo. Enjoy and share…..

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