Astronomy

Here’s to keeping your head in the clouds and eyes to the skies. A look into the last frontier.

star stuff

We are star stuff

Carl Sagan famously said this many times, “We are star stuff”. But what does that actually mean?

meteor shower

Meteor Showers

Nothing is more fun than sitting under a clear night sky watching meteor showers. There is a meteor shower going on nearly all the time.

Blue Sky

Why is the sky blue?

Why is the sky blue? The short answer is that when light from the sun hits our atmosphere, the light is scattered. Blue light has the shortest wavelength so it bounces around the atmosphere. This phenomenon is known as Rayleigh scattering. The long answer Light from the sun is white as it hits the Earth. …

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exoplanets

Exoplanets

Exoplanets are any planet not orbiting our sun. They are typically found orbiting other stars but many exoplanets are simply drifting through space without a star.

Andromeda

When Galaxies Collide

The Andromeda Galaxy is heading for us, and will collide with the Milky Way galaxy to create a much larger galaxy called Milkdromeda. Andromeda is larger than our galaxy at 152,000 light years across. Compared to the Milky Way at around 100,000 light years in diameter. It’s a barred spiral galaxy that has an estimated …

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Hubble

Hubble History In 1946, Lyman Spitzer proposed a Large Space Telescope in a paper he published while at Yale. Keep in mind there were zero man made satellites in space at the time. He talked about the advantages of having a telescope outside of the atmosphere. This was all fantasy at the time. The technology …

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JWST

James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope has been making plenty of headlines lately. Here are some of the images that have been making a splash.

ISS

International Space Station

The International Space Station has been orbiting the earth since 1998. It travels at 17,500 mph! It makes the journey around the earth every 90 minutes.