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This was a great class, and I’m grateful for all the information I learned. Some concepts were reemphasized since I knew them before taking the course, but I’ve received and retained some new, useful knowledge that I can share with others. I’ve been interested in all things concerning astronomy since I was young, and I … Continue reading A Great Semester → Continue reading → Continue reading
Believe it or not, there are organisms on Earth that can survive unimaginable conditions! These beings are called extremophiles, and they’re nothing short of amazing. One example is the tardigrade, which can live in the most extreme heat, cold, dehydration and radiation. The simple fact that these organisms exist give us reason to believe that … Continue reading Resilient Life on Earth Increases Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life → Continue reading → Continue reading
Europa, a moon of the planet Jupiter, was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei and Simon Marius. It is a little smaller than Earth’s moon, and it has one of the smoothest surfaces in the solar system. The surface is made up of water ice with long, linear lines fracturing it. The low number of … Continue reading Europa → Continue reading → Continue reading
Many are familiar with mining on Earth to obtain resources that we use for all sorts of things on the planet. What many don’t know is that this process can be, and most likely will be, expanded beyond the planet. Asteroids contain many of the resources found on Earth since they are basically leftover material … Continue reading Expanding a Trillion Dollar Industry → Continue reading → Continue reading
On August 12, 2018 the Parker Solar Probe was launched. The mission of this probe is to investigate activity in the Sun’s corona in order to provide us with information that can help us understand more about the star and Earth’s connection to it. Analyzing the data being sent back will allow scientists to potentially … Continue reading Understanding Our Sun → Continue reading → Continue reading
Like many things in space, the planet Mars has been a point of interest for many since its discovery long ago. Some even believe that it could one day be a place for the human race to relocate. Curiosity, a rover launched back in November of 2011, has been exploring the surface of mars for … Continue reading Porous Martian Mountain! → Continue reading → Continue reading
Galileo Galileo Galilei (February 15, 1564 – January 8, 1642) made the telescope famous by improving upon spyglasses in order to increase their magnification and observe phenomena in space. He discovered that neither the sun nor the moon are smooth, observed the phases of Venus, and discovered the 4 biggest moons of Jupiter. Considering that … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context → Continue reading → Continue reading
Does extraterrestrial life exist? Can living things even survive on another world? These are questions that have been asked for a long time and continue to be asked today. China tried to address the latter recently by experimenting with cotton seeds along with 6 other organisms, including potato seeds and fruit fly eggs, on their … Continue reading Life on the Moon!!…Kinda → Continue reading → Continue reading
I’m excited for this course. I’ve always been interested about everything extraterrestrial! Below is a picture of a new member presentation and my unveiling as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The presentation was supposed to take place outside under the starry night sky, but the pouring rain had different plans for us… Continue reading → Continue reading