One of the three major macromolecules along with DNA and proteins is Ribonucleic acid (RNA). These are essential for all forms of life. RNA is made up of nucleotides, and each nucleotide consists of a nucleobase which is also known as a nitrogenous base. Nucleic acids were discovered in 1868 by Friedrich Miescher,
Interferometry is a branch of radio astronomy. Under astronomy it is defined as the family or group of techniques to use superimposed or overlaid electromagnetic waves placed in a specific order to extract information regarding light, sound, or radio waves. This type of study is vital and essential in astronomy, since the way to study […]
A spectrometer is an instrument that is used in analyzing a specific portion of light. This instrument is commonly used in to provide spectral analysis in identifying materials. If you are highly observant, you would have noticed that these instruments have found their way into pop TV culture.
You can find out a lot about certain object by analyzing its light. Breaking down a star’s light into different wavelengths for example, can give you information about its mass, composition and temperature. By doing this, you are actually employing the science of spectroscopy, looking at the interaction of materials and radiated energy.
The science of spectroscopy paves the way for the classification of stars according to their spectral types, or the result of their specific spectra. You can tell a lot by breaking down a star’s light. In order to understand spectral types, let us go a little into the science of spectroscopy, or breaking down a […]
If you ever wondered how you can determine the elements that make something up, you can do that by subjecting your sample to spectral analysis. This involves breaking it down into its spectrum to determine its chemical composition and properties. Spectral analysis is commonly used to find out the composition of unknown materials and utilize […]
The National Solar Observatory or NSO is an astronomy organization that focuses on studying the Sun and whose main mission is to advance our knowledge about the Sun, both as an object of astronomy and as a very dominant external factor that influences the Earth. It aims to provide tools, resources, and forefront observational opportunities […]
Space-based solar power or SBSP is another way of harnessing the power coming from the Sun. It is a process of collecting solar energy in space and bringing it down for use on Earth. If you are familiar with the usual method of solar power collection on the earth’s surface that makes use of solar […]
JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is a research and development field center in Pasadena, California. Funded by the federal government under the management and operation of Caltech under contract with NASA, the primary function of JPL is the construction and also the operation of robotic spacecraft for planetary, Earth-orbit and other astronomy missions.
To convert an atom or molecule into an ion via the process called ionization, charged particles like an electron or other ion must either be added or removed (though this is not to be confused with the chemical process called dissociation). To produce a positively charged ion, an electron which has bonded to a molecule […]