The meteorite has gained its fame from one of the world’s best-loved superheroes, Superman. The Man of Steel’s Achilles’ heel is the mineral kryptonite – and the villains in his life have probably thanked all the meteorites that encapsulated the small substance.
Explosions in space are called Nova. This term is defined as the rapid increase and the eventual explosion of a star. The word has Latin origins and means “new star”.
Photo by: DrJunge Creative Commons A telescope is an instrument used to observe objects from afar. The word is derived from Greek words tele and skopein which means “far” and “to see” respectively. Contrary to popular belief, it was not ‘invented’ by Galileo. There has been evidence of a refracting telescope that has been in […]
The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a combined name for those activities related to the continuous search for any intelligent extraterrestrial life in the universe, other than earth. These activities and projects apply various scientific methods to scan the vast space for any forms of electromagnetic transmissions from intelligent civilizations on those distant planets. […]
Stars go through various phases of its existence. No one knows for sure how stars are formed, but astronomers theorize that they first come into birth as a nebula, and they finally end their lives as a neutron star, otherwise known as a white dwarf. Thereafter, they are assumed to to form part of a […]
Venus, the second planet away from the sun, completes one revolution in about 225 earth days. It is a very bright heavenly body, which has a peak apparent magnitude of -4.6. This brightness is enough to cast shadows on earth. Because it shines most brightly right before the sun rises and right after the sun […]
Astronomy is the study of celestial objects and phenomena that take place outside of Earth. Since time the beginning of time, stargazing has been an important part of many civilizations. It is through observation of the heavens that they determined the seasons and the direction of places people wanted to go to. The invention of […]
The word “nebula” comes from Latin which means “cloud.” It is apt, because nebulae (the plural of nebula) look like clouds of gases. Nebulae are made up mostly of hydrogen and helium gases, plus plasma and dust. These clouds are believed to be the birthplace of stars.
The Sun and the Moon are two of the most observed celestial bodies. These celestial bodies that are seen at day and night time are often the basis for determining time. The Moon has been observed over time and its phases and eclipses have been the source of many superstitions and time calculations. A lunar […]
Photo by: Jastrow Creative Commons Setting circles are disks used on various telescopes outfitted with an equatorial mount to aid in the search for astronomical objects anywhere in the sky by referencing equatorial coordinates used in the star charts. It functions by attaching those graduated disks to the right ascension and to the declination axis […]