Daily Archives: February 11, 2018

Solar Wind

The corona, the outer layer of the sun’s atmosphere, can reach temperatures of up to 2 million degrees Fahrenheit.  This atmospheric temperature emits incredible amounts of thermal energy, which causes the particles in the corona to rapidly move around.  At a certain point, the sun’s gravity cannot contain these particles and they breach the sun’s … Continue reading Solar Wind Continue reading

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The Odds of Finding Life Outside of Earth

While we assume that there is no life on other planets in our solar system, the probability that there is life somewhere out there seems pretty high. It is a difficult question because we know how special earth is. It is the perfect distance away from the sun for life to form. If the Earth’s … Continue reading The Odds of Finding Life Outside of Earth Continue reading

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Spring tides and Neap tides

Tides happen everyday, but there are certain types of tides do not happen everyday. The strongest tides and the weakest tides are called spring tides. Spring tides happen when the Sun and Moon are aligned, causing unusually strong gravitational forces and resulting very high and very low tides. Because it takes a month for the Moon … Continue reading Spring tides and Neap tides Continue reading

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Spring tides and Neap tides

Tides happen everyday, but there are certain types of tides do not happen everyday. The strongest tides and the weakest tides are called spring tides. Spring tides happen when the Sun and Moon are aligned, causing unusually strong gravitational forces and resulting very high and very low tides. Because it takes a month for the Moon … Continue reading Spring tides and Neap tides Continue reading

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

Last Tuesday, SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket. Excluding the Saturn 5 rocket, this is the most powerful rocket system ever developed.  The goal of the launch was test the Falcon Heavy’s ability to deliver a payload to orbit and land safely to earth. Then rocket launch commenced at 2:45 PM CST on Tuesday, … Continue reading SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Continue reading

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Tides and their effect on human life

People around the world aim to predict the highest and lowest tides using tide tables. Spring tides happen due to the gravitational pull from both the moon and sun. When the moon and sun are pulling from the same direction, the tide is more intense and this is called a spring tide. This usually occurs … Continue reading Tides and their effect on human life Continue reading

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Telescopes of All Kinds

Telescopes allow us to view the stars, planets, galaxies, and even quasars in great detail. Before the telescope, astronomers relied on naked eye astronomy, something Tycho Brahe was very good at. It’s really fascinating to learn how these telescopes work. Essentially, there are two types of telescopes – refracting and reflecting. Refracting telescopes use two … Continue reading Telescopes of All Kinds Continue reading

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James Webb Space Telescope

Because of the nature of light, it is evident that the key to learning the secrets of the past is through the use of telescopes. As of right now I believe the most powerful telescope in the world is the Hubble telescope. However, that is set to change in 2019 with the launch of the … Continue reading James Webb Space Telescope Continue reading

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Gravitational Waves

Up until recently, the only way we have been able to gather information about stars, galaxies, and the universe around us has been through the study of light. However, as of the last few years, the discovery of gravitational waves provides a new method of collecting information about the universe. Although gravitational waves were first … Continue reading Gravitational Waves Continue reading

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The Influences of the Moon in Astronomy and Astrology

When one looks up their horoscope in the daily paper, predictions are made based on the sun signs. One of the many things these horoscopes miss is the powerful astrological influence of the moon, which in some cases is stronger than that of the sun. It’s not just pop culture astrology that overlooks the moon; […] Continue reading

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