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Life Will Find a Way

In the second The Lion King movie, Simba’s pride, Simba and Nala sing that Love will find a way. My own version of this song claims “life will find a way”. The reason I say this is because of extremophiles. Extremephiles are interesting creatures that love the conditions that humans would consider to be extreme. … Continue reading Life Will Find a Way Continue reading Continue reading

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The Fermi Paradox and It’s Implications

  Enrico Fermi believed that we are alone in the universe. This belief was based on the fact that so far, we have seen no evidence of other intelligent beings. He figures that any civilization of intelligent beings would want to colonize, and would be able to do so in about 10 million years. If … Continue reading The Fermi Paradox and It’s Implications Continue reading Continue reading

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Io: Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon

If you showed me a picture of Io, my first thought would not be that it is a moon. To me, it looks like a block of cheese, a little rotted in certain places. That is because it looks so different from our idea of a moon, or that is Earth’s moon. Earth’s moon is … Continue reading Io: Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon Continue reading Continue reading

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Dirty Snowballs

Comets are often referred to as “dirty snowballs“. That is because they are made up of a lot of many components that a dirty snowball would also consist of, and more! Many comets consist of dust, ice, carbon dioxide, ammonia, methane, and many more other components. When a comet gets close to the sun, some … Continue reading Dirty Snowballs Continue reading Continue reading

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Nuclear Fusion

When it comes down to it, nuclear fusion is the basis for all life. Nuclear fusion is the combination of two atoms. This combination produces energy in the form of mass, and new elements with more protons than those that were used to create that element. Fusion happens on the sun due to the high … Continue reading Nuclear Fusion Continue reading Continue reading

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Nuclear Fusion

When it comes down to it, nuclear fusion is the basis for all life. Nuclear fusion is the combination of two atoms. This combination produces energy in the form of mass, and new elements with more protons than those that were used to create that element. Fusion happens on the sun due to the high … Continue reading Nuclear Fusion Continue reading Continue reading

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Nuclear Fusion

When it comes down to it, nuclear fusion is the basis for all life. Nuclear fusion is the combination of two atoms. This combination produces energy in the form of mass, and new elements with more protons than those that were used to create that element. Fusion happens on the sun due to the high … Continue reading Nuclear Fusion Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 3 – The Great Collision

Right now, everything in our universe is getting further and further away from us. Except for one thing. That one thing is Andromeda, the closest galaxy to our Milky Way. Instead of getting further away, Andromeda is actually getting closer and closer. Right now, we are getting closer at a rate of 300 kilometers per … Continue reading Blog 3 – The Great Collision Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 2 – Archeoastronomy

For this post, I’ve chosen to write about archeoastronomy in the ancient Peruvian city of Machu Picchu. I will be visiting the city this summer, which is perfect for this blog! First, a little bit about archeoastronomy. Archeoastronomy is the study of astronomical knowledge from ancient societies and civilizations. Machu Picchu is hidden away in … Continue reading Blog 2 – Archeoastronomy Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Astronomer: Nicolaus Copernicus Born: February 19, 1473 Died: May 24, 1543 Some interesting events that occurred in his lifetime: In 1480, when Copernicus was only around 7 years old, Leonardo da Vinci invented the parachute. In 1485, King Henry VII married Elizabeth of York, ending the War of Roses. Another Important Figure Alive in his … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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