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Have you ever tried using a telescope to look at the stars or planets? If you haven’t, then you should give it a try. Telescopes allow us to view objects that are too far away from Earth to be seen otherwise. Astronomy is a hobby that has fascinated humans since

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Starting your journey into astronomy can be as simple as looking up at the night sky and asking questions about what you see! Gazing up at the stars is the first step to becoming interested in the night sky and all of the wonders of the universe that we can

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A telescope is a device that allows us to see things that are too far away from us or too dim to see without using special equipment. Telescopes are usually mounted on a tripod or other support structure. Telescopes are great tools for observing the night sky. They allow us

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Asteroids, comets, meteors, and meteorites are all words that seem interchangeable, but they are not! Whilst they do have similarities, it’s a good idea to get to know the differences between them when trying to accurately detail or describe the night sky. So, what’s the difference? Below is a brief

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Not too long ago, the idea of habitable planets beyond our solar system was reserved for science fiction, but now, it’s not such a far-fetched notion. With each passing year, scientists are discovering more and more potentially habitable planets. One of the most promising specimens at the minute is an

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We’ve all heard them being used, either in real life or science-fiction, but is there a difference between a spaceship and a spacecraft? Spacecrafts are often confused with spaceships. Is there really a difference? A spacecraft is a vehicle designed to travel through space. Spaceships are also vehicles that travel

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A vacuum is a region of space where there are no particles. It can be thought of as empty space. A vacuum is not technically a totally empty space though. There is still energy associated with it. This is because the vacuum contains virtual particles that have an energy associated

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The solar system is a big place. And with such a vast amount of space and celestial bodies, comes a whole range of incredible environments that would be unthinkable on Earth. Whether it is the never-ending storm that clouds Jupiter. The frozen, dusty wastes of Mars. The rings of Saturn,

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Space exploration has come a long way in such a short period of time. You could almost say that it has come giant leaps and bounds from where we started. Think about just how far this very specific field of exploration has come, just for a moment. In the space

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What would happen if we lost access to space? What would be the consequences? Space exploration has always been a source of inspiration and wonder. The human race has longed to explore beyond our planet since the dawn of time. In recent years, however, the issue of climate change has

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Wormholes are hypothetical shortcuts between two distant points in space-time. They would allow us to travel faster than light, and according to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, they might exist. Theoretically, wormholes could be created using exotic matter, such as dark energy, or even ordinary matter. Wormhole shortcuts are called

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The age-old question – can anyone hear you scream in space? Short answer – no! But why? To find out more about this, let’s take a look at how sound is produced, why we hear it the way we do on Earth, and why we can’t hear sounds in space!

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We rarely stop to think about the speed at which the Earth rotates, unless we’ve had a particularly slow or fast day. But the rotation of the Earth actually dictates a lot about our planet, including how much Sun we’re exposed to, how long the nights are, and even the

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Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered, why do the stars twinkle as they do? The stars appear to twinkle as they reflect light from the sun. Light travels at 186,282 miles per second (299,792 km/sec) through space. When light hits something, such as a star

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On a cosmic scale, everything seems to be rotating. It’s not just our shared home planet Earth that enjoys “getting dizzy wit it”; there are tons of astronomical objects dancing around up there in space like it’s going out of style. Every planet spins, the stars of galaxies seem to

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The Fermi paradox is a popularly cited argument against the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy or beyond. It states that, if advanced alien civilizations are common in the universe, then we should have seen evidence of their presence by now. After all, they’ve had enough time to find

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How old is the Earth? Is it 4.5 billion years old? Or did scientists get it wrong? Earth is the third planet from the sun and the only known place where life exists. The age of the Earth has always been a controversial topic. Some say the Earth is billions

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There has been much speculation over the years about whether or not extraterrestrial life exists. The idea of alien life has captured our imagination since ancient times and continues to fascinate us today. There is no doubt that some of the most interesting questions in science revolve around the possibility

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Asteroids are rocky bodies orbiting around the Sun. They range from specks of dust to large chunks of rock. Some of them are even bigger than our Moon. Asteroids are named after the Greek word ‘asteros’ meaning star. The term was coined by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801. Asteroid

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Neutrinos are tiny particles that travel at nearly light speed. They rarely interact with other matter, making them very elusive. Yet they play a vital role in our daily lives. Let’s break down exactly what they are, what they do, and where they come from. ContentsWhat Is A Neutrino?A Brief

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Short answer, yes! Even a very small telescope will let you see the other planets in our solar system. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll see when you look up at the night sky. The Sun is so bright that it can blind us if we stare directly into

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Space is amazing! There’s so much we still have yet to discover about it. But one thing that has been discovered is that space is full of radiation, and some of this radiation comes from outside our solar system. It can be dangerous if you’re not careful. The Sun produces

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Quasars are very powerful and can cause massive damage to anything they hit. These extremely powerful objects emit energy at an incredible rate, and they’re one of the most feared forces in the universe. What would happen if our worst fears become reality and a quasar hits the earth? Would

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SpaceX is a private company that was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Its main goal is to develop reusable rockets for space exploration and colonization. SpaceX has become one of the biggest names in the aerospace industry over the last few years. They

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I’m not saying you don’t have beautiful eyes, but I suspect that when you look through your new telescope, you expect to see something a little more awe-inspiring. Believe it or not, seeing your own eye staring back at you is quite a common occurrence, so you’re not alone in

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Stargazing: it’s the ultimate pastime. What better way to spend a clear night than to look up at the sky and pick out the constellations? Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a dedicated fanatic, we all love stars as much as the next person. While it’s simple enough to pick

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It’s 1968.  The Soviets are kicking our ass in the space race. They’ve just successfully launched the first crew into space and made a million Americans weep in the process. We’re down. Bad.  How can we beat that?  No one knows. That is until one man comes up with an

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Astronomers have been using telescopes to look at the moon since the early 19th century. They’ve even sent probes to explore its surface.  The Moon has always fascinated us. From ancient times, humans have wondered whether it was inhabited or not. In 1877, astronomer William Lassell discovered the first crater

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Black holes – they’re one of our greatest sources of both fascination and fear. Most of us picture black holes as immense voids of empty space so large that it can be hard to comprehend their scale. What would happen if a micro-black hole appeared, though? Could it still be

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Time is something that everyone uses every day without even thinking about it. Yet, surprisingly, very little is known about what time is. Time is a concept that has existed since ancient times. It was only recently that scientists discovered that time is relative. This means that time is not

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What if I told you that we have discovered thousands of planets beyond our solar system that are almost identical to Earth? Would you believe us? Well, it turns out that we have found hundreds of exoplanets that are similar to our planet. Some of these planets even look like

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So, you’ve saved up for a shiny new telescope, you’ve ventured out to the best dark sky spot you know, you’ve calibrated everything to perfection and set everything up like a pro (you think), but when you finally take your first look into the cosmos, all you see is blackness.

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Although the concepts of “up” and “down” are a little different in space, you still might have noticed that the images through your telescope aren’t exactly what you expect them to be. Rather than the same star layout you can spot with the naked eye, things through the lens of

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A telescope is a device that magnifies distant objects. Telescopes come in various sizes from pocket size to large ones that can be mounted on a tripod. The larger the telescope, the better its magnification power. Telescopes can be used to view celestial bodies such as stars, planets, moons, comets,

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The thought of getting up close and personal with some of the wonders of the universe is, shall we say… pretty exciting. As such, when investing in a telescope, it can be pretty easy to forget about the boring stuff, like learning how to align the scope or even how

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Telescopes are old. Like… really old — we’re talking very early 1600s old. So, as you’d imagine, they’ve come on a long way since their inception all those centuries ago. What were completely manual devices utilizing the power of lenses and light to bring distant objects closer to the eye,

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If you’re new to astronomy or just want a refresher course on the basics of using telescopes for stargazing, this guide will help get you started with your first telescope. Keep reading to discover our ultimate beginner’s guide to magnification with telescopes.  ContentsHow Does A Telescope Work? How To Magnify Objects

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Telescopes are astronomer’s best friend. They allow us to see the Universe in a way that no other technology can match. But, as with any tool, telescopes have their drawbacks. Light pollution is one of the biggest factors that can affect our viewing experience. We know light can interrupt our

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How much light pollution affects our view through telescopes? Is it possible to see stars without light pollution? Astronomy has always fascinated us. We love learning about the universe and observing the night sky. Too much light pollution from cities and towns can ruin your viewing experience. Have you wondered

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The moon has always fascinated us. From its mysterious craters to its beautiful surface, the moon has captured our imagination since ancient times.  There are several types of telescopes that can observe the moon. Some of them are large and heavy, while some are compact and portable. They range from

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Can you imagine being able to look at the stars without having to rely on the light from the sun? Telescopes allow us to peer into space and observe objects millions of miles away. They also enable us to view things that are invisible to our naked eyes. A telescope

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Can you imagine being able to look at another galaxy from Earth? Telescopes can reveal some amazing things, but they also have limitations. How far away can you really see? A telescope is a device that uses lenses or mirrors to magnify distant objects. They were first created in 1608.

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Astronomy has always fascinated me. I love looking at the stars and planets in the sky. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to see them from my house because of the light pollution. Astronomers estimate that there are over 400 billion galaxies in our universe. The Milky Way alone contains 100 billion stars.

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A telescope is a device that magnifies distant objects. The image produced by a telescope is called a telescopic image. Telescopes come in two types: refractors and reflectors. Refractors focus light using lenses, whereas reflectors use mirrors. The first known telescope was built in the 15th century by Chinese astronomers.

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Astronomy is a fascinating subject, but it can also be very expensive. If you want to get closer to the stars, you’ll need to invest in some equipment. Now, as you likely well know, the go-to tool for peering into space is a telescope. These awesome optical wonders allow us

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Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and its size and proximity to Earth make it prime for observing. Learn how to spot Jupiter from Earth using binoculars or a telescope. Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the third-brightest object in the night sky after

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How much does a telescope magnify objects? A telescope is a device that uses lenses to increase the size of distant objects. Telescopes come in various sizes, from large telescopes that focus light into a single beam to smaller ones that focus light onto a camera or eyepiece. The larger

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Saturn is one of the most beautiful planets in our solar system. It’s so beautiful that the universe decided to put a ring on it. A couple in fact. The rings are made up of particles from space: ice, rock, obliterated moons. The rings are two separate rings. One is

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Are you struggling to see the night sky clearly through your telescope? It might be time to focus your telescope. If you’re not sure how we’re here to help. Learn how to focus your telescope in five simple steps.  ContentsDo You Need To Focus A Telescope?How Often Should You Focus

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Telescopes can be really expensive, so it’s no surprise that you’re interested in getting a little taste of their capabilities before you sell your car and your kidney to bring one home for yourself. You need to know if it’s really going to be worth the cost. The last thing

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Many hundreds of scientific experiments are performed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Some of these experiments help us to understand and take action against global climate change, a very real threat to life on Earth as we know it.  But how does space science help us to combat climate

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ContentsWhat Are Gravitational Waves?Gravitational Wave DetectionGravitational Waves And TimeDetecting Gravitational WavesBackground Noise InterferenceFinal Thoughts What Are Gravitational Waves? When an object moves, it creates waves in the fabric of space-time. The faster the object is moving, the more powerful these waves become. When the wave reaches us, we see them

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… This is perhaps one of the most iconic references to galaxies in modern popular culture. But what exactly is a galaxy, and how many do we know about today? The mysteries of the cosmos have played a pivotal role in

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Vacuum energy has been measured since the early 20th century, but its existence remains controversial. Why? Because vacuum energy isn’t directly observable. How does it work? What is it? And why should anyone care? ContentsWhat Is Vacuum Energy?How Can Vacuum Energy Be Measured?Vacuum Energy ExplainedFinal Thoughts What Is Vacuum Energy?

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Ever heard of a black hole? No? That’s okay. A black hole is the result of a star that has exploded, leaving behind nothing but a tiny remnant called a mini-black hole. Mini-black holes are smaller versions of black holes. They’re not as big as regular black holes, but they

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What is gravity force, and how does gravity force get transmitted from one object to another? Gravity is a natural phenomenon that causes objects at rest to fall towards the center of Earth. Since ancient times, it has been a fundamental force, but sometimes, it leaves us with more questions

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Asteroid impacts occur rarely, but they can be devastating. The last significant impact was 65 million years ago, when a huge asteroid struck the Yucatan Peninsula off Mexico, causing mass extinctions and changing the course of life on Earth. There are currently over 100,000 known asteroids in our solar system.

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Have you ever wondered why some stars are named after animals or plants while others are named after people? Picture saved with settings applied. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has cataloged over 100,000 stars. They are organized into groups called constellations, each representing a mythological figure from Greek mythology. In

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Black holes have a gravitational force that can consume all that comes within reach of the event horizon. When you think of that, even a mini black hole sounds absolutely terrifying. But what exactly is the size of these mini-monsters, and could even a micro black hole pose a threat?

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What would happen if a meteorite hit the earth? Would it destroy our planet, or would it cause some sort of disaster? Meteorites are pieces of rock from space that fall to the ground. They come in various sizes and shapes. The largest recorded meteorite was found in Russia in

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As a space enthusiast, you have probably heard the terms quasar, pulsar, and neutron star before. 1920×1080 Wallpaper But, what is the difference between these three amazing space phenomena? What makes each of them unique?  This article will discuss the three terms in detail, provide some interesting facts about them

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Antimatter is the opposite of normal matter. When two atoms of matter collide, they become an atom of antimatter. This process creates a lot of energy. Scientists use this energy to make new elements. In our world, there are many types of antimatter, but the most common type is antihydrogen.

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Asteroids are rocks or chunks of rock orbiting the Sun at speeds ranging from hundreds of miles per hour to tens of thousands of miles per hour. Some asteroids are big enough to cause damage to Earth whilst others are as tiny as pebbles and burn up as they enter

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Wormholes are hypothetical shortcuts through space-time that connect distant regions of the universe. They were first theorized by physicist John Wheeler in 1935 and have become one of the most intriguing concepts in modern physics. Although there is no direct evidence for them, scientists believe that some form of exotic

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Asteroids are space rocks that orbit the sun. Some of them are big enough to cause damage to Earth. If they hit us, would you survive? An asteroid named Apophis is currently orbiting our planet. It was discovered in 2004 and has a diameter of 2.3 miles (3.8 kilometers). The

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In the far reaches of the Universe, you’ll find amazing events, celestial bodies, and mind-blowing chemical reactions that, if we’re honest, we’re not close to, as some can be world-ending. One of these is the quasar. Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the universe. They are very distant

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Space is a pretty big place.  Not the most groundbreaking piece of information that has ever been written, but it’s pretty hard to comprehend sometimes just how big the void that our planet flies through is. It’s a scale that the human mind can’t wrap our heads around. For example,

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Neutrinos are subatomic particles that pass through matter without interacting with it. They are extremely weakly interactive and therefore pose no threat to humans. Neutrinos come from nuclear reactions within stars and other celestial bodies. The neutrino radiation emitted by these sources is very low energy and does not pose

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There are four commonly taught states of matter: gas, liquid, solid, and plasma. You probably came across these in school and they’re found in everyday life (yes, even plasma). But there’s also a fifth state of matter, and this one isn’t so clearly defined: exotic matter. Exotic matter is matter

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The asteroid that struck Earth 65 million years ago was large enough to cause global devastation. It slammed into the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, creating a massive crater that is now known as the Chicxulub Crater. Scientists believe the impact triggered a mass extinction event that wiped out the majority

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We all know that the earth is spinning. Not only does it spin on its own axis of rotation, but it also orbits the sun as it spins. The moon spins as it orbits the earth. And even the sun spins at the center of our solar system. In fact,

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Satellites are often confused with spacecraft, but they are two very different things. What exactly is the difference between them? Satellites are man-made objects that orbit Earth at altitudes ranging from hundreds to thousands of miles. They are usually used for scientific research or military purposes. A spacecraft on the

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The United States government spends billions of dollars each year on NASA research and development. In fact, NASA has spent nearly over $100 million per day since its inception. However, SpaceX is a private company that was founded by Elon Musk. They offer low-cost launch services to customers who want

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String theory has been around since the 1970s, but it was only recently that physicists began to consider its merits seriously. Why does string theory persist despite the knotty physics? ContentsWhat Is String Theory?Why Do People Keep Coming Back To It?String Theory And M-TheoryFinal Thoughts What Is String Theory? String

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The Earth rotates around its axis once every 24 hours, causing the sun to rise and set. This rotation causes the sky to appear dark at night because the light from the sun is blocked by the atmosphere. On the other hand, the moon does not rotate around the Earth,

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If you’re a fan of science fiction, then you know getting trapped inside a wormhole is the ultimate prison. But is it just science fiction, or is there any scientific fact behind it? Could a person get stuck inside a wormhole? Can you get caught inside one? ContentsGet Stuck In

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What would happen if we had no rules or regulations in space? Would we become a lawless society where anything goes? Or would we create a new frontier where we can explore our universe freely? Space has always fascinated us since ancient times. The idea of exploring outer space was

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You probably already know that meteors are very dangerous. They can cause severe damage to humans and animals equally. Meteors are pieces of rock or debris from space that fall to Earth. The term was coined in 1845 by German astronomer Heinrich Olbers. He observed the appearance of a new

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We are currently on a ball of rock named Earth that is hurtling through space at a speed of around 67,000 miles per hour. Whilst our solar system is hurtling around the center of our galaxy at a mind-boggling 490,000 miles per hour. Holy moly!  That means we are moving

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So, we have all seen movies and TV shows that are set in outer space – but just how ‘out of this world’ are these movies and TV shows? Here, we are going to talk about how we would be able to survive on an asteroid – we will talk

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Black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape them. They are thought to exist at the center of galaxies and theorized to exist around other stars. Scientists believe that some black holes are millions of times larger than our sun.

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Black holes are perhaps one of the scariest things in the universe. The massive gravitational pull of the black hole, created by the collapse of a dying star, can destroy planets and consume all that’s in its way. Once you’re in a black hole, you can never get out. So,

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The milky way can feel daunting and intimidating to anyone who is unfamiliar with what exactly it is, and how it came to be. However, here we are going to break down what exactly the Milky Way is – and all of the key information that you need to know

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Here, we are going to talk about whether or not the movies are lying to us about outer space… It is hard for us to know whether they are right or wrong. Especially when it comes to space. However, we are going to look at asteroids – we go into

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Today, we’re going to discuss the nature of vacuums and whether they allow or completely prevent acceleration, but before we dig into the meat of the article, let’s discuss what acceleration is and what vacuums are exactly. ContentsWhat Is Acceleration?What Is A Vacuum?Can You Accelerate In A Vacuum?How Do We

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What exactly is a quasar? Is there a quasar behind each black hole, and are these two things essentially the same?  If you’ve ever asked yourself the above questions, you’re not alone. You don’t need us to tell you that space is a large, mystical place with more questions than

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last century, you’ll have heard the name Einstein. Aside from being a cultural reference for someone stupidly smart, Einstein was also a person. Specifically, he was a scientist and one of the greatest scientists of our generation. If he wasn’t, then

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Home of the humans, the Milky Way is more than just the name of a delicious white chocolate bar. The Milky Way is the name of our galaxy; it describes the planets, stars, asteroids, and just about anything else inside our solar system. But what if we were to look

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Planets are celestial bodies that circle the sun. They are usually large enough to be visible from Earth. Exoplanets are planets outside our solar system. They orbit their host star at distances much greater than Mercury orbits the Sun. Exoplanets are discovered using telescopes. These include NASA’s Kepler space telescope,

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This is a very good question. We’re all aware from our 3rd Grade science lessons that the Earth spins. But does that mean all planets spin? Surprisingly, yes. There are different theories behind why, but everyone can agree that a planet needs to spin in order to stay in place.

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Dark matter is a mysterious substance that makes up about 85% of the universe, but it has never been directly detected. Now scientists think they have found evidence for dark matter in our solar system. The idea behind the dark matter is simple: It’s invisible and so can’t be seen

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Here, we are going to talk about black holes – we will investigate what exactly they are and what properties they have, and whether or not they are capable of releasing any kind of radiation. ContentsWhat Is A Black Hole?Are Black Holes Big?Let’s Talk About The Formation Of Black HolesHow

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Gravity is one of the strangest forces out there. While scientists can prove gravity has an effect on things, there is no actual proof for what the facets that make and effect gravity are. For similar reasons we don’t always understand the nature of gravity and where it exists.  The

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In many ways, the Earth can seem pretty unique. But take a glance at the stars, and you’re actually looking at trillions of Earth-like planets and alien worlds. It’s suspected that most stars have orbiting planets, and some will have solar systems much like our own. Finding these exoplanets can

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Europa is a distant and icy moon of Jupiter, with a smooth surface made of rock-hard ice. But lurking beneath that cold outer layer, there might be a liquid water ocean. And this could potentially contain all the ingredients needed for life. What’s going on in that hidden ocean is

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Are you curious about the history of space exploration? Maybe you want to know more about the space race between the US and Russia but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you just want to boost your space knowledge? Whatever your reason might be, we have the answer for

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Time travel is possible, right? Yes, and it’s happening right now. You’re hurtling into the future at an impressive rate of one second per second. Every time you watch paint dry or wish you had more hours to visit with a friend from out of town, time moves at the

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Today we’re going to be discussing the difference between dark and vacuum energy, but before we dive in, we first need to establish what energy means in scientific terms. ContentsWhat Is Energy?What Is Vacuum Energy?What Is Dark Energy?Who Discovered Evidence Of Dark Energy?What’s The Difference Between Dark Matter And Dark

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What would happen if humans left Earth? Would we become extinct or thrive elsewhere? What would life be like on other planets? These questions are at the heart of space exploration. Space exploration has always fascinated humans. From the earliest days of human history, we’ve dreamed of exploring new worlds

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Rockets have been used by humans for hundreds of years to launch things into space. They have been used to fire off fireworks, signal flares, weapons of war, and now they’ve become a tool for sending spaceships into orbit. But how exactly do they work? The science behind it can

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