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Thoughts

People said that the current generation is born too early to explore space, yet born too late to explore Earth. I do not believe that to be true. Humans are learning and exploring space everyday through space probes, telescopes, and other instruments. While, the current generation will probably not be able to explore space physically, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Extremophiles

Life outside of Earth can be hard to find. It was thought that life could not survive in our solar system outside of Earth. It would be too harsh for any living creature to survive. It is; except for extremophiles. Lichens showed promising results under Martian conditions. Escherichia coli and Paracoccus denitrificans not only survived, but […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Space has a lot of….space

Most people, including myself before ASTR201, have only seen seen the scaled models of the solar systems where planets are to scale but right next to each other. However, space is called space for a reason. You may have heard of the real life scaled down model, but you would never understand the true emptiness […] Continue reading Continue reading

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WASP-12b

WASP-12b is an HUGE planet that orbits extremely closely to its star. Due to the close distance (at 1/44 the distance compared to the distance between Earth and the Sun), WASP-12b has a very low densities from the flux of energy from the star and is being distorted into an egg shape. The most interesting […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Death and Space

In old space movies, when someone is left exposed in space, they explode. Well this have some merit, it is not 100% true. In space and its pressure (or lack of) causes the water in the human body will expand into water vapor. This causes severe internal swelling up to twice the size. Due to […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Probing the Sun

With our current technology, the Sun is not physically explorable with its photosphere reaching 10,000 degrees F and its coreona reaching 3.5 milion degreees F. Yet, humans have multiple probes receiving data from orbiting spacecrafts. Currently there are 5 spacecrafts watching the Sun: WIND, SOHO, ACE, STEREO A, and STEREO B. The spacecrafts take in solar […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Great Filter

When you think of the size of the universe, there must be life elsewhere. There are 100 – 400 billion stars just in our galaxy, and just as many galaxies in the universe. If we estimate that 5% of all stars are sun-like, which is on the low side. There should be 500 quintillion sun-like […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Early Telescopes

The earliest working telescopes was made around 1608 with many who claimed its discovery. The design was simple; a convex objective lens and a concave eyepiece allowed the user to see further. In 1655, astronomers had build more powerful telescopes using a design by Kepler. This design used a convex objective lens and a convex […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was born February 19, 1473 and died May 24, 1543. Galileo Galilei was born February 15, 1566 and died January 8, 1642. Johannes Kepler was born December 27, 1571 and died November 15, 1630. Isaac Newton was born December 25, 1642 and died March 20, 1726. Tycho Brahe was born December 14, 1546 […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Scale of the Universe

This website allows you to scroll and compare the sizes of from the smallest, a Quantum Foam, to the Observable Universe. Starting at the scale of the Eiffel Tower, humans disappear from view. The sizes of objects increase each time you scroll out. The Eiffel Tower disappears when you start looking at Rhode Island. Then the […] Continue reading Continue reading

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