Topic: Astronomy

Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's groundbreaking work on general relativity. In many aspects of the science industry, ideas are expanded upon or proven incorrect over the years, but how's general relativity doing 100 years later?   After a century of...

Friday, March 6, 2015

Justin Bartel is our astronomy and physics guru here at the Science Museum of Virginia. Physics is one of the most important branches of science and some pretty impressive thinkers have pushed the field along while simultaneously moving humanity forward as well. It's not easy to...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

​ On Dec 5, 2014, NASA launched the Orion spacecraft on an unmanned test flight.  With a successful blast off and splash down, many people are wondering what's next for the Orion spacecraft?   Keep in mind, humanity's first orbital launch was the Sputnik spacecraft,...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In the coming months, we’ll take a look at some of the stranger names in our Solar System to prepare for a challenge from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Over the last 20 years, astronomers have found over 1,800 exoplanets - planets orbiting other stars. These alien words are...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

In the coming months, we’ll take a look at some of the stranger names in our Solar System to prepare for a challenge from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Over the last 20 years, astronomers have found over 1,800 exoplanets - planets orbiting other stars. These alien words are...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Our world is too large for one person to just look around and understand everything.  In order to understand more than what is in front of our eyes, we must rely on logic and mathematics. For example, a long time ago humanity was not sure how large the Earth actually was. Sure, there were some...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Space, the final frontier…if you can get there, that is. The United States has decommissioned the space shuttle program. So, how can we take our astronauts and scientists off the Earth to continue their research work?  How will Americans go to space?    In 2011...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

There are a lot of strange-sounding names attached to the planets, moons, and other bodies in our solar system. Sometimes, you might stop and wonder- ‘who named it that?!’ Sometimes the answer is simple, but like most things in astronomy, there’s often more to the story...

Friday, August 1, 2014

The proof that black holes exist was one of the biggest moments in science history. Even local news shows got excited to share the big news with their part of the world. Special science correspondent Barkley Davis will guide you through this discovery!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When we think about a trip to Hawaii we usually conjure up images of rest, relaxation, and recreation.  Though millions of people flock to this tropical paradise every year, vacation is not always the reason for the trip.  So, why did scientists just spend four months in Hawaii?...

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