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0.58% vs 24%

The new NASA 2016 budget proposal of $18.53 billion was a $519 million increase from the $18.01 billion of 2015. However, despite NASA’s countless achievements and positive reputation, many people believe NASA’s budget is too high. Disregarding the significant influence that politics exerts on NASA, the main reason for public dissatisfaction towards NASA is due to … Continue reading 0.58% vs 24% Continue reading

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Colliding with Jupiter

The Shoemaker–Levy 9 collision with Jupiter was the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. Shoemaker–Levy 9 disintegrated in to 21 fragments during a close encounter with Jupiter in July 1992 and finally collided with Jupiter two years later in July 1994. The remarkable collision lasted a week and left large, … Continue reading Colliding with Jupiter Continue reading

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How special is the Milky Way?

The Milky Way is the first galaxy that we call home since the beginning of the human race and it is very likely also the last. We know earth has many rare qualities that made life possible, looking on a larger scale, is our galaxy also a unique snowflake like our planet? Using data collected from the Sloan … Continue reading How special is the Milky Way? Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in context

Johannes Kepler Born December 27, 1571 and died November 15, 1630, Kepler was a German Astronomer, mathematician, and Astrologer. Most famous for his laws of planetary motion, he was an adamant defender of the heliocentric theory and his research showed that orbital paths of celestial objects are not perfect circles.  During his lifetime On 26 July 1581, The Act … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in context Continue reading

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Biggest Thing in Universe

Things in the universe comes in all shapes and sizes, there are planets thirty times heavier than Jupiter, stars thousands of times larger than our sun, galaxies millions of light years wide… However, what is the largest object in the universe? For a long time the answer used to be the Sloan Great Wall – a cosmic structure formed … Continue reading Biggest Thing in Universe Continue reading

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Hubble revisit the “Pillars of Creation”

Hubble has captured a new visible-light image of the famous “Pillars of Creation.” after nearly 20 years later.
Photo:left: NASA/ESA/STScI/J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University); right: NASA/ESA/The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI… Continue reading

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