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Space and Astronomy

Surveying the Stars

It is an enormous step to go from the planets to the stars. For example, our Voyager 1 probe, which was launched in 1977, has now traveled farther from Earth than any other spacecraft. As this is written in 2016, Voyager 1 is 134 AU from the Sun.1 The nearest star, however, is hundreds of thousands…
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ESA and NASA To Jointly Launch a Space Weather Forecasting System

The UK Space Agency has announced a collaboration between NASA and ESA to produce a system that will forecast and monitor space weather as it may impact astronauts and science instruments beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The space is becoming a home not just to celestial bodies but to human as well, through various launch that takes…
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RAS Warns of Potential Danger of Starlink Satellites To Ground-Based Astronomy

The Royal Astronomical Society has issued a publication stating their concern about the potential negative impact of the SpaceX starlink sattelites that was launched some days back on star gazing and ground-based astronomy. The Starlink and other similar networks have an aim of developing a low-cost, high-performance satellite bus and requisite customer ground transceivers to…
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Jupiter and Saturn

The two planets are gas giant – they are not a rocky planet like Earth -. They are basically made up of gas and has no surface where you can for example put down your leg and stand on. The two planets are made of Helium and Hydrogen with the Hydrogen being prominent. The reason…
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Radio Astronomy and satellites

Some limitations of optical telescopes are overcome by the use of Radio telescopes. Radio Telescope detects radio waves that come from space instead of light. Radio waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation. Radio waves are not scattered or blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere. The use of Radio waves to study space objects is called…
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Stars and Stellar Distances

Ancient Greek Astronomers believed the stars were burning objects. Today, we know that stars are composed of very hot gases. Stars produce energy by nuclear fusion. If you observe the sky on a clear night, you can see as many as 2000 stars. Some stars in the night sky are brighter than others. However, the…
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Uranus and Neptune

The two planets are being discussed together because they have lot of similarities and the most tangible one to us is that they are the two planets we know so little about considering what we know about the other planets. Basic Facts about Uranus and Neptune As earlier stated, they are the two least studied…
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Asteroids may be harder to break

A Johns Hopkins study discovered that asteroids my be stronger than previously thought. The study carried out using a new understanding of rock feature and computer modelling method to simulate asteroid collisions. The findings will be published on March 15 on Icarus. “We used to believe that the larger the object, the more easily it…
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Tilted Exoplanets may explain astronomical mysteries

When a exoplanet tilts to its side with respect to its star, it is called planet obliquity, this is responsible for the change in season we experience on Earth where a part is tilted towards the Sun at some specific times leading to the tilted part experiencing a harsh sunlight and the other side left…
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New Horizons data points to Large Kuiper Belt Objects

The vital data sent by The New Horizons spacecraft when it performed its Pluto flyby in July 2015 has pointed to the scarcity of small objects below a mile in diameter in the Kuiper Belt. Pluto and its largest moon Charon are far too distant from Earth to be completely studied by a telescope so…
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EELV now National Security Space

The US Air Force on Friday changed the name of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program (EELV) to National Security Space Launch program (NSSL) The now NSSL which began in 1994 is a launch system program of the United States Air Force (USAF) to assure access to space for Department of Defense and other United States…
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Space X Crew Dragon docks with ISS

March 3 was made a date to be inscribed in history. It was the launch of the first crew spaceflight from USA to The International Space Station after the Space Shuttle Program, thought this is just a test flight, it has every bit of success to it. The unpiloted Crew Dragon Demo-1 launched atop Falcon…
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