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Just like everything in life, the universe will eventually meet its demise. And while this event is not expected to happen for some time (estimates range from 2.8 to 22 billion years from now), scientists are wasting no time in theorizing about the end of everything. When scientists first started researching the beginning of the … Continue reading How Will the Universe End? → Continue reading → Continue reading
Scientists and knowledge seekers alike have always wondered about the source, composition, and evolution of both life on Earth and beyond. This field of study is known today as astrobiology, and scientists in this field are currently trying to answer the following question: could life exist beyond Earth? In solving this puzzle, the European Space … Continue reading Survival in Space → Continue reading → Continue reading
In 1801, Ceres was discovered by Father Giuseppe Piazzi, who believed it to be a planet or “new star.” Originally, Ceres was classified as a planet. However, after more objects were discovered in the asteroid belt, Ceres was demoted to an asteroid in the 1850s. Today, Ceres is classified as a dwarf planet. Ceres is … Continue reading Ceres: Smallest Dwarf Planet or Biggest Asteroid? → Continue reading → Continue reading
With stories about giant hurricanes devastating coastal towns and earthquakes shaking up cities on the fault lines, many people call weather on Earth extreme. When temperatures rise above 85°F or rains last for more than two days, people are quick to complain about Earth’s weather patterns. However, weather here on Earth is very mild compared … Continue reading Extreme Weather Patterns Across the Solar System → Continue reading → Continue reading
The Trump administration’s NASA budget request for 2019 was revealed today, and many of the requests come at the dismay of many prominent people in the space and astronomy field. Most of the requests call for NASA to pursue commercial partnerships. For example, the administration requests NASA stop directly funding the International Space Station (ISS) … Continue reading NASA Cuts and Privatizing Space – Trump’s Plan → Continue reading → Continue reading
The biblical tale of Moses parting the Red Sea to free the Israelites from the Egyptians is a story still shared throughout the world today. However, a lesser known rendition of the tale involving tigers and an old woman exists just off the coast of the Korean peninsula. Two South Korean islands, Modo and Jindo, … Continue reading Tides and the Parting of the Sea → Continue reading → Continue reading
Isaac Newton (Jan. 4, 1643 until Mar. 31, 1727) was an extremely important physicist and mathematician. Newton’s first major stride in his fields came in 1668, when he created the first reflecting telescope. His next major, and arguably most influential, work came in 1687 in the form of his book Principia. Principia is often called … Continue reading Newton in Context → Continue reading → Continue reading
No other celestial body has quite the same reputation as our moon. The source of myths, legends, and ghost stories, the Moon is a symbol of superstition and wonder. We know that the Moon causes the rising and falling of the ocean tides, but could this mysterious master of the tides control something other than … Continue reading Blog #1 – Moon Myths → Continue reading → Continue reading