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Callisto is one of the largest Galilean Moons which were discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei. Callisto is the second-largest moon of Jupiter and the third-largest in the whole Solar System. The moon is composed of approximately equal amounts of ice and rock, having the lowest density and surface gravity of Jupiter‘s major moons. Also, […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Exoplanets 🌌

What is an exoplanet? “An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is any planet that orbits a star other than the Sun”, – Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Over the years we have discovered many exoplanets of any size, temperature, surface, etc. But how to astronomers do this? How do you find an exoplanet? These planets are very small and […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Meteor, Meteorite & Asteroid… What is the difference?

We often misuse words such as meteor, meteorite, and asteroid while talking about space and not realizing that these three things are actually different! In this post I will explain the difference between all of them. What are meteors? Meteors are objects that enter the Earth’s atmosphere from space. Sometimes they are called “shooting stars”, […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Comets?! ☄️

Everyone got some basic knowledge about planets, stars, and asteroids at school, but not many people actually know much about comets. How are these things formed? Why do they have tails? How big are they? Stay with me if you want to find out. 🙂 Our entire Solar System was created by the collapse of […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Climate Change & Global Warming

I believe that everyone knows that our planet’s climate is changing, and everyone has heard about terms such as “climate change” and “global warming”. Although it a very well known topic, I am not sure that most people are aware of why and what is happening, and how it affects our society. In this blog […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Timeline of space exploration

Astronomy is the the oldest of the natural sciences! Back in antiquity, it also contained Astrology, but they were separated to two different sciences during the Renaissance period. Also, Astronomy contained Astrophysics, Cosmology, and other “pieces” which became independent sciences in the 20th century. Astronomy started many-many years ago in ancient countries such as Egypt, […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Music City Eclipse 2017

As many of you heard, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse in Nashville, TN on August 21st, 2017. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because it is the first total solar eclipse to happen in the United States in 99 years,” – We can see a solar eclipse from the Earth when the Moon moves […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Have you ever thought about telescopes closely? What are they made of? What type of lens is used in a telescope? Who invented it? I got really interested in this topic and in this blog-post I will try to share the information I found with you. “The telescope is one of humankind’s most important inventions. […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Introduction ☺

Hi! My name is Maria Bulanova. I’m 18, was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. 🙂 Currently studying Computer Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Representing Commodores as a part of Vanderbilt Women’s Bowling Team. – Maria ☺ Picture by Commodore AthleticsContinue reading Continue reading

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