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Could Pluto Become a Planet Again?

When I learned the order of the planets in elementary school, Pluto was still considered a planet. About 14 years ago, it was demoted to a dwarf planet. The International Astronomical Union has three criteria in determining planetary status. It is in an orbit around the sun, it has sufficient mass to assume hydrostatic equilibrium,Continue reading “Could Pluto Become a Planet Again?” Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 4: Cosmology

Cosmology is the study of the origins and evolution of the Universe. Cosmos is actually just another word for universe. My favorite theory is the theory of the Multiverse (thank you Spiderman!) This theory states that we are just one bubble in an infinite series of bubbles, and that the differences between the Universes areContinue reading “Blog 4: Cosmology” Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 3: Nuclear Fission

Nuclear Fission is a reaction (or radio decay process) in which the nuclear of an atom splits into two, smaller and lighter nuclei. This process produces gamma photons, and releases extremely large amounts of energy, which we then use to make our own usable energy. The release of the heat energy can be used toContinue reading “Blog 3: Nuclear Fission” Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 2- Ch 3,4,5,6: Neap and Spring Tides

Throughout this unit, we learned about tides, their causes and what influences them. In preparing for this blogpost, I came across two different kinds of tides (besides high and low tide) called “spring” and “neap” tides. These tides correlate with the moon phases, in that spring tides occur during the new or full moon, andContinue reading “Blog 2- Ch 3,4,5,6: Neap and Spring Tides” Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 1- Ch 1&2: The Zodiac

From Chapter 2, we learned about how the zodiac symbols are derived from the constellations that are along the ecliptic. As the Earth orbits around the sun, different constellations are visible. The Babylonians set the zodiac signs over 3,000 years ago in correlation with their 12 month calendar. While we still use the same timeContinue reading “Blog 1- Ch 1&2: The Zodiac” Continue reading Continue reading

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