Daily Archives: February 5, 2018

How Big is the Universe?

Studies of the cosmic microwave background by the European Space Agency (Planck space mission) have revealed what we know as the observable universe, a sphere 28 billion light-years in diameter. Although scientists have placed the Earth in an observable sphere with a radius of 13.8 billion light-years, it is believed that this radius has expanded … Continue reading How Big is the Universe? Continue reading

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Wormholes

A wormhole is a theoretical tunnel connecting two points in space-time based on the theory of general relativity. Albert Einstein, Nathan Rosen and Ludwig Flamm are three physicists credited with hypothesizing this theory, but whether we will actually find one (let alone enter it) is largely up to debate. Warmholes are theorized to “pop-up” as tiny … Continue reading Wormholes Continue reading

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Tide Pods

  “Tide’s in, dirt’s out- Tide washing power” While Tide may be great for washing your clothes and getting rid of those tough stains, tides are also a great source of renewable energy. Tides produce tidal energy through the surge of ocean waters caused by their constant rise and fall. Tidal energy was first harnessed […] Continue reading

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Ideal Spring Break Vacay Spots

  Looking for a cool vacation spot this spring break of summer? Are Rome, Sydney, and Beijing too tame for your taste? Why not take a trip to outer space? Companies are currently offering this once in a lifetime trip at the low price of $75,000 for four whole hours in space.   Why is […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context: Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe was born on December 14, 1546 and he died on October 24, 1601. During the time of Tycho’s life, two significant historical events (among others) occurred. In 1560’s Europe, there was a great famine in which roughly 50% of all born infants would die within twelve months. The average life expectancy was about 45 years old. Also, In … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context: Tycho Brahe Continue reading

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Introductory Post

Hiking in the Smoky Mountains My name is Dan and I’m excited to learn about the Solar System. I was born in Bucharest, Romania but have been living in sunny Florida since 2006. I love the outdoors, traveling, and immersing myself in nature’s wonders. Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo made many contributions to astronomical discovery. Though he was not the original inventor of the telescope, he was able to build his own for observation purposes. After experimenting a bit, Galileo was able to create a telescope that was more powerful than others at the time. Using his invention, he was able to make … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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The History Surrounding His-story: Nicolaus Copernicus and Other Things Surrounding His Time

Nicolaus Copernicus, an astronomer of Polish descent, is most famously known for proposing that Earth and other planets orbit around the sun, better known as the heliocentric model for the solar system (Nicolaus Copernicus Biography, 2017). He was born on February 19th, 1473  and died on May 24th, 1543 (Nicolaus Copernicus Biography, 2017) He also discovered… Continue Reading → Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo Galilei: Born: February 15, 1564. Died January 8, 1642. 3a: In 1605, Jamestown, Virginia was established in the New World. It was the first permanent English colony on American mainland. In 1605, Don Quixote was published. Written by Miguel de Cervantes, it was the first modern novel and became a cultural and literary landmark. 3b: … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Chosen Astronomer: Johannes Kepler Born: December 27, 1571, at roughly 1pm. Died: November 15, 1630. Historical events: On March 24, 1603, when Kepler was 32, Elizabeth I of England died and was succeeded by her cousin King James VI of Scotland. His ascension of the throne united the crowns of Scotland and England. On March 22, 1622, … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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