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Our Guiding Star

So many stars come and go based on the time of year, where we are located on the planet, how much of the sky is visible, etc.  Although we can only see some stars on some nights there is one star that we can always see.  This star is the North Star also known as […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Jovian s, the planets we can not touch

When we think of Planets we think of all of the ones that we have either stepped foot on or would like to step foot on someday.  Even though we haven’t visited any of the other planets due to their distances and weather we could hypothetically walk on all of them if we had the […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Why did the other planets get cool names but not us?

If you start naming of the planets you will realize that they all have something in common except for one of the planets.  That planet is actually our very own Earth.  The rest of the planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) are all named after a Greek  or Roman God or Goddess.  Earth […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Now You See Me

The sun is what gives us life, sustains humanity, and provides our planet with everything it needs to survive day to day.  Without Such an important star we would cease to exist.  Although the sun is the most important thing to our survival we don’t know a whole lot about it.  We know some details […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Meteors, could they be a bigger problem than we think?

Most people don’t think about the many Meteors and Astroids that pass through our solar system and have potential to hit earth.  When we think of potential global disasters we think of hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, and nuclear attacks, but not meteors.  The danger of meteors became a reality for many people on February 15, 2013. […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Seeing through my eyes

Out of the four chapters that we read for Exam 2, I decided to write on the topic of eyes because it hits close to home and interests me. As we read, the “normal” eye works much like a telescope or camera. The eye consists of major parts such as the pupil, lens, retina, and […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

My chosen astronomer is Nicholas Copernicus. He was born in Torun, Poland (which actually was part of Germany until right before his birth) on February 19, 1473. He was born the youngest member of his family and had 3 siblings. Copernicus died on May 24, 1543 in Frauenburg, Poland at the age of 70 years old […] Continue reading Continue reading

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A great App!

After I started taking Astronomy 201 I started to get curious about what stars I was seeing at night and if they were actually planets or not.  Since I live on campus I don’t have a telescope to look closely at the sky so I wasn’t sure how I could observe and learn more.  Then […] Continue reading Continue reading

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2500 light years away

One day this week I was checking a weather website to see what the temperature was for the day and I came across an interesting article.  The article talked about how scientists had found a planet in the star cluster messier 67 that was orbiting a star which they called a “twin Star” to our […] Continue reading Continue reading

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