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A Day on Mercury – 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy (4/14)

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy. Number four: a Day on Mercury. No two planets act exactly the same whether it’s Jupiter spinning in only 10 hours, Venus spinning backwards or Uranus tilting to one side. But Mercury is particularly strange, it takes nearly 59 Earth days to rotate, which might make for a pretty long day… Read More »

The 1995 Hubble photo that changed astronomy

Since the Hubble Space Telescope went into orbit back in April 1990, it has sent back a ton of incredible photos. Each has its own story, but one of Hubble’s greatest images is this one, from 1995. This is a snapshot of nearly the entire history of the universe – and the first of its… Read More »

The Future of Astronomy Is Biology! | Dimitar Sasselov | TEDxNatick

Translator: Amanda Chu Reviewer: Peter van de Ven I’m an astronomer; I study stars and planets. Astronomy, from its ancient roots, has always been about stars, planets, galaxies – the cosmos as a whole. But what if I told you that the future of astronomy is biology? Yes, biology. Let’s see why. It is a… Read More »

How Gaia Changed Astronomy Forever | Space Time

The great advances in any science tend to come in sudden leaps April 25th of 2018 marks the beginning of just such a leap for much of astronomy. In the early hours of the morning the Gaia mission second data release dropped. Our understanding of our own galaxy will never be the same again. The… Read More »

10 Astronomical Events That Will Happen In Your Lifetime!

From meteors, to stars to planets and more, join us as we look at the universe and tell you 10 Astronomical Events That Will Happen In Your Lifetime. 10. Halley’s Comet One of the curious things about the universe is the fact that sometimes objects love to be seen, and seen quite frequently. Others though… Read More »

5.3 Pulsars [Astronomy: State of the Art]

What’s left behind when a massive star collapses at the end of its life? In particular, when the core is massive enough that it can overcome electron degeneracy pressure, so the endpoint is not a white dwarf. The disruptive explosion leading to a supernova—in principle—could detonate the entire material obliterating the star, and sending it… Read More »

Tycho Brahe, the scandalous astronomer – Dan Wenkel

How do you imagine the life of a scientist? Boring and monotonous, spending endless hours in the lab with no social interaction? Maybe for some but not Tycho Brahe. The 16th century scholar who accurately predicted planetary motion and cataloged hundreds of stars before the telescope had been invented also had a cosmic-sized personal life.… Read More »

History of Science – Origins of Ancient Astronomy – 2.4 Mesopotamia Interpretation

>>It’s time to put on our thinking caps and interpret the significance of what we’ve been exploring. Unless it explains, history is trivial. Did you find much this week that needs to be explained? As you explored Mesopotamian astronomy, you encountered different, sometimes contradictory explanations. Interpretations of Mesopotamian science have varied over time, and continue… Read More »