Topic: solar system

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In 1930 Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto from the Lowell Observatory. Since then it has been many things to many people, but for the first time ever, it's about to be the subject of an up-close study by the New Horizons team. What will we learn from Pluto?    The once...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Just a day before their spacecraft was scheduled to crash into Mercury’s surface, the MESSENGER mission Education and Public Outreach team announced the winners of their crater naming contest (check out thier names, here!). The five new names added to the map of our Solar System...

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, 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...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Somewhere around 4.5 billion years ago a gigantic ball of mass started to take shape and would eventually become where we all live.  So, the notion of a planet that can harbor life is not a strange one - after all, we happen to live on one.  Are there any other places that are similar?...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Right around the holiday season we start to see a lot of top 10 lists that go over all the major highlights of the year. Entertainment, politics, sports, and day-to-day living are all discussed in the yearly recap. So, what happened in science this year?   2013 was a very productive...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

From our closest celestial neighbor to distant objects that orbit planets, moons are pretty interesting.  The more we learn about them the more interesting they become.  Scientists are constantly looking at various moons as future projects, but why? What's up with moons?...

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our lovely and comfortable home here on Earth is a long ways away from the end of our solar system. Don’t forget, there’s a lot of space in space.  Here on Earth concepts of boundaries involve rivers, lakes, mountains, human imposed borders, and so on.  However, this...

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