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Dark Matter

In the early 1990’s, astronomers hypothesized that as the universe grew in size gravity would eventually slow down the expansion process as time progressed. Further research showed that the universe’s expansion rate is actually accelerating, and this prompted researchers to look into Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Research found that Dark Energy composes approximately 68% … Continue reading Dark Matter Continue reading Continue reading

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The Drake Equation

The Drake Equation is meant to predict the number of civilizations comparable to Earth out in the Milky Way Galaxy .  It was first proposed by Dr. Frank Drake in 1961. However, because we don’t currently know how many stars are actually in the milky way (we can only use a number from the observable … Continue reading The Drake Equation Continue reading Continue reading

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The Great Titan

Titan Picture Source Titan is Saturn’s Largest moon (the second largest moon in the solar system), and was discovered in 1655. Titan is almost the size of the largest moon, which is Ganymede (Jupiter’s largest moon). However, despite their similar size and relatively similar distance from the Sun, Titan has characteristics that Ganymede does not. … Continue reading The Great Titan Continue reading Continue reading

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Pluto

Picture Source- Forbes Pluto was discovered in 1930, and at the time was considered the ninth planet of our Solar System. With further exploration, scientists realized that Pluto is actually part of a larger set of worlds that are a part of the Kuiper Belt. Pluto was then reclassified into a  dwarf planet. Pluto is … Continue reading Pluto Continue reading Continue reading

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Volcanism on Venus

What Volcanism on Venus looks like- Image Source Venus has hardly any wind erosion because of its slow rotation, and no water erosion because there is no liquid water on Venus. Therefore, the biggest changes in the surface of Venus are a result of volcanism. Venus has a vast array of volcanoes covering its’ surface; … Continue reading Volcanism on Venus Continue reading Continue reading

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Exercising in Space

 Picture Source When asked what we want to be when we grow up as kids, many of us answer “Astronaut!” We imagine going into space is cool, and it is! Astronauts “floating” in space looks like the best thing ever. One thing we don’t know as kids is that astronauts don’t float in space, it’s actually … Continue reading Exercising in Space Continue reading Continue reading

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Using Tides as a Renewable Energy Source

Picture Source- Groundsure The rise and fall of tides produces a renewable energy source called Tidal energy. Originally, at the beginning of the 20th century engineers began to use spring tides to generate electricity because of the dramatic change in water levels. While tidal energy has grown in the past century, it is still at … Continue reading Using Tides as a Renewable Energy Source Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler was born on December 27, 1571. He died on November 15, 1630. Kepler came up with the Laws of Planetary Motion. His first law illustrates how the orbit of each planet is an ellipse, not a perfect circle. His second law states that the speed at which a planet moves is greater the closer … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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The Vast Size of the Universe

by BBC Earth Website  Looking up at the sky from Earth, the universe seems like it can fit in the palm of your hand. In previous years, before we truly had an understanding of how big and old the universe was, we believed that Earth was at the center of the universe and all the … Continue reading The Vast Size of the Universe Continue reading Continue reading

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coffee, coffee, and more coffee

by me    Barista Parlor Website My name is Maria and I am a Secondary Education and Math major with an ELL minor and I hope to be a high school math teacher when I graduate college. This is a picture from when I visited Barista Parlor with my friends during finals week. It was a … Continue reading coffee, coffee, and more coffee Continue reading Continue reading

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