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The Pioneer Plaque

While unlikely that Pioneer 10 will reach another civilization, NASA (mainly Carl Sagan and Frank Drake) provided Pioneer 10 with a plaque that would hopefully tell another intelligent civilization about our own civilization on Earth.Continue reading Continue reading

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Tardigrades: Powers of the “Water Bear”

Hot, cold, dry, wet, and even the vacuum of space – somehow, the tardigrade can survive them all.Continue reading Continue reading

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Life on Jupiter’s Moons?

We might not have to look beyond our solar system to find other life. Continue reading Continue reading

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Pluto the Dwarf Planet

Many of us remember Pluto as the used-to-be 9th planet in our solar system that was demoted to a dwarf planet. So what makes Pluto a dwarf planet and not a planet? What is interesting about Pluto, and, if it was so small, how exactly was it discovered earlier than other dwarf planets?Continue reading Continue reading

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Formation of the Solar System

Approximately 13.8 billion years ago, an interstellar cloud of gas known as the solar nebula collapsed under its own gravity due to some cataclysmic event…Continue reading Continue reading

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Death by Black Hole

Unfortunately, astronomers and physicists are pretty sure you can’t just go through a black hole and pop out the other side – you will, in fact, die. The real question is, how exactly will you die?Continue reading Continue reading

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Archaeoastronomy

The study of the astronomical knowledge and achievements of these prehistoric cultures is called archaeoastronomy.Continue reading Continue reading

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The Zodiacal Constellations

What are the origins of the zodiac and why are the signs different now?Continue reading Continue reading

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