Author Archives: Jonas Kobza

Blog 5: Pluto

When someone mentions Pluto, most people’s minds instantly go to the “Is Pluto a planet debate”. In fact, all I knew about Pluto before reading these chapters was that it was too small to be a planet. If you asked me to picture Pluto, I would have said something akin to our moon – rocky, […] Continue reading

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Crazy Stars

Stars like our Sun are considered “ordinary” and quite common. They produce energy through hydrogen fusion. A weirder type of star is a white dwarf. These are stars that at one point produced energy through hydrogen fusion, but have run out of hydrogen, and do not have the mass to carry out fusion energy reactions […] Continue reading

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Crazy Stars

Stars like our Sun are considered “ordinary” and quite common. They produce energy through hydrogen fusion. A weirder type of star is a white dwarf. These are stars that at one point produced energy through hydrogen fusion, but have run out of hydrogen, and do not have the mass to carry out fusion energy reactions […] Continue reading

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Blog 3: Fusion

We hear it all the time: Fusion is the future; it’s how the sun creates energy. But, how does it work? At its core, fusion generates energy by converting four hydrogen atoms (protons) into 1 helium atom with two neutrons (Helium-4 ). On the surface, it is hard to see how any energy is created […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicolaus Copernicus – 2/19/1473 – 5/24/1543 Nicolaus Copernicus the first in the modern era (C.E) to develop a model of the universe with the sun at its center, rather than the earth. His work sparked the Copernican Revolution, a paradigm shift which paved the way for the works of Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and others. Copernicus […] Continue reading

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The expanding universe

Most people understand that the earth moves around the sun and rotates on its axis. However the earth moves more than just around the sun. In fact, our entire actually orbits around the center of the Milky Way at over 500,000 miles per hour. So why don’t we crash into anything? The answer is that […] Continue reading

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