Extremophiles are very interesting organisms that inhabit seemingly uninhabitable areas on the Earth. They thrive in intense environments, and their relative abundance on the Earth provides hope that if life can survive in such extreme situations, perhaps finding life outside of our own planet is not as far-fetched as it may sound (Prather, Offerdahl, and […]Read more "Extremophiles: Methanogens"
In the past two decades, astronomers have made leaps of progress in detecting planets outside of our solar system orbiting other stars. Before our technology was able to detect the insanely small measurements needed to be able to spot these exoplanets, the thought of finding other planets seemed impossible. Yet we now currently know of […]Read more "Are Binary Sunsets Possible on Exoplanets?"
Saturn is instantly distinguishable by its famous set of rings. First discovered in 1610 by Galileo, these bright adornments are as well-known as the planet itself (NASA). But how did this gas giant acquire such stunning rings? We don’t know for sure, but there are Source Credit: ZME Science several probable answers: the rings are […]Read more "The Formation of Saturn’s Rings"
Mythology has played an important role in astronomy ever since the first records of astronomical observation were kept in Mesopotamia 3500 years ago (Space Answers). While all of the planets in our solar system except for Earth are named after Roman and Greek gods, each planet’s moons and surrounding objects are also named after certain […]Read more "The Mythology of Naming Our Universe"
In 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft was launched. Its mission is to give astronomers a closer look at the Pluto system, and in the summer of 2015 the first images of Pluto were received from the New Horizons mission (NASA). The images show an incredibly beautiful world full of landmarks such as valleys, mountains, and […]Read more "Naming Pluto: New Horizons"
Growing up, one of my favorite games to play was the space pinball found on our home computer. In the game, there were several tricks and cool traps that would boost your score or spell disaster if you hit them. One of these traps was the wormhole: the pinball goes into one side and is […]Read more "Wormholes"
Photo: Tamagusuku Castle gate, Sunrise. At June solstice the sun would align perfectly with this gate. Source: Journal of Astronomy in Culture Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences studied by mankind. How do we know this? The work of archaeoastronomers, which are sometimes described as “the anthropologists of astronomy,” deals with studying vestiges of ancient […]Read more "Archaeoastronomy: Vestiges from Ancient Astronomers"