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The Fermi Paradox

The Drake Equation honestly surprised me by how plausible the existence of aliens could be somewhere in the universe. However, that could also be used as damning evidence in the claim of extraterrestrial beings. If intelligent intergalactic life is as probable as astronomers believe, how have we not found any yet. It is a simpleContinue reading “The Fermi Paradox” Continue reading

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Don’t Count Them Out

When we discussed the possibility of life on other planets, the main crux of the idea were the abilities of extremophiles to survive in unimaginable conditions. These guys take the idea of making the best of a bad situation to the next level, comfortably surviving in subzero temperatures or toxic radiation. Thinking about these improbableContinue reading “Don’t Count Them Out” Continue reading

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Radiant Rings

The rings of the Jovian planets are absolutely stunning, almost making you wish Earth had a few of its own! Every Jovian planet has its own group of rings to stare at. Saturn is quite famous for its bright, illustrious seven rings. These rings are named A-G in the order they were discovered. Surprisingly, dataContinue reading “Radiant Rings” Continue reading

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The Great Dark Spot

We have all heard about the Great Red Spot, the constant, giant storm that could hold multiple Earths with unbelievable winds. However, what if I was to say that Jupiter was not the only planet with a mind-blowing storm. Enter the incredible storm of Neptune: the Great Dark Spot. The Great Dark Spot (GDS) isContinue reading “The Great Dark Spot” Continue reading

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The Star Destroyer: Supernova

Stars take the idea of a “last hurrah” to beautifully explosive level. When a star runs out of energy and collapses, it will condense into a bundle of energy and explode. Supernovas are by far the largest explosion in the universe and can only occur to a star that is truly massive. Supernovas normally occurContinue reading “The Star Destroyer: Supernova” Continue reading

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Survival Sweet Spot

Earth is a perfect amalgamation of all the conditions necessary for live to thrive. I always hear that the other terrestrials cannot sustain life, but never exactly sure how unsuitable they were. I mean if there was only one thing wrong with them, who’s to say we wouldn’t be able to invent a solution inContinue reading “Survival Sweet Spot” Continue reading

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Tides and the Planets

Primarily, the tides on Earth are controlled by the Moon. The gravitational pull of the Moon causes the tides to fluctuate between high and low. Though small, even the Sun has a tiny impact on the tides. Whenever both the Moon and the Sun align, the tidal range, However, what about the other celestial bodiesContinue reading “Tides and the Planets” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was the one of the earliest astronomers of the Renaissance. Born: February 19, 1473 Died: May 24, 1543 1492: Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. His discovery of the Americas opened up a new section of world which sparked the Columbian Exchange. This led to the Age of Exploration, and greatly expanded theContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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Leap 🐸 Year

I can’t be the only one that questioned why we would get an extra day and the Olympics every four years when I was younger. While this isn’t the time to discuss the Olympic schedule, this did provide me with a chance to discover the real reason February 29th pops up every four years. AsContinue reading “Leap 🐸 Year” Continue reading

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Hi! This is my introductory post. I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering. I am not the most knowledgeable about astronomy but am very excited to take this class and further my understanding with everyone. Here is a link to the aggregate blog. Continue reading

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