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Top 10 Kuiper Belt Facts: Our Solar System’s Fascinating Icy Belt

Top 10 Kuiper Belt Facts: Our Solar System’s Fascinating Icy Belt

Kuiper Belt Facts #10: The Kuiper Belt is WAY out there The Kuiper Belt lies beyond the orbit of Neptune in our solar system. In fact, the icy belt extends from 30 to 55 astronomical units out from the Sun. In other words, that’s 2.8 – 5.1 billion miles out! Kuiper Belt Facts #9: Predicted, then discovered Like many things in science, the Kuiper Belt was first predicted by Gerard Kuiper in 1951. Only later, in 1992 did a team…

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Solar System Distances Explained – Exploring Our Own Cosmic Neighborhood

Solar System Distances Explained – Exploring Our Own Cosmic Neighborhood

Equipped with truly magnificent technology, mankind has discovered, explored and even physically touched some breathtaking sights among our vast cosmos. In fact, with widely accessible images from Hubble and several successful missions, it sometimes feels as though we’ve “been there, done that.” However, we’ve barely experienced our own solar system, let alone our Milky Way galaxy or beyond. Let’s start right at home with Solar System Distances Explained! Quick intro/info Firstly, let’s establish some very basic information, like our speed…

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Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System – Episode 02: Venus

Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System – Episode 02: Venus

Venus, winner of solar system’s hottest planet! But, how can this be if it’s farther from our Sun than Mercury? Actually, answers lie in its deadly atmosphere! Indeed, this planet is one massive greenhouse, trapping heat and creating the most violent environments known to man! Not to mention, this planet’s calendar is downright whacky! Often deemed Earth’s “twin sister,” learn all about this hostile world’s temperatures, history, atmosphere, layers and more in episode 02 of Astronimate’s Two Minute Solar System! Explore the solar system’s…

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Proxima Centauri B – Earth-Like Planet Found In Our Cosmic Backyard

Proxima Centauri B – Earth-Like Planet Found In Our Cosmic Backyard

Proxima Centauri B – Earth-Like Planet Discovered In Our Cosmic Backyard As of August 24, a newly confirmed habitable zone. It is in this specific zone that a planet can support the presence of liquid water. Where this is liquid water, there is oxygen, and where there is oxygen there is, or could be life. How far away is Proxima Centauri B? The exciting new exoplanet was confirmed orbiting the star Proxima Centauri, which is 4.42

Dragonfly 44: Massive Galaxy Discovered Made of 99.9% Dark Matter

Dragonfly 44: Massive Galaxy Discovered Made of 99.9% Dark Matter

Using the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, astronomers have located a unique galaxy, Dragonfly 44. Tucked 70,000 light-years away in the Coma Cluster, Dragonfly 44 has approximately the same mass as our own Milky Way galaxy. Yet, it contains less than a one-hundredth of our star count. But, how can that be? If this galaxy contains drastically less matter than ours, how could it have the same mass? Astronomers believe this inconsistency is because Dragonfly 44 is…

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Solar System Distances Explained – Exploring Our Own Cosmic Neighborhood

Solar System Distances Explained – Exploring Our Own Cosmic Neighborhood

Equipped with truly magnificent technology, mankind has discovered, explored and even physically touched some breathtaking sights among our vast cosmos. In fact, with widely accessible images from Hubble and several successful missions, it sometimes feels as though we’ve “been there, done that.” However, we’ve barely experienced our own solar system, let alone our Milky Way galaxy or beyond. Let’s start right at home with Solar System Distances Explained! Quick intro/info Firstly, let’s establish some very basic information, like our speed…

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Living on Jupiter – What Would Life Be Like On Our Biggest Planet?

Living on Jupiter – What Would Life Be Like On Our Biggest Planet?

Living on Jupiter – What Would Life Be Like On Our Biggest Planet? What would it be like living on Jupiter? Well, it is a gigantic ball of gas, and therefore has no solid surface to live on. But, for now, let’s ignore that and journey past the inner, rocky planets to explore your new home, Jupiter. Jupiter, in Roman mythology, was the god of all gods. Jupiter, among planets, assumes this same role. This gas giant is the largest…

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Fliers (Fast Low-Ionization Emission Region)

Fliers (Fast Low-Ionization Emission Region)

Fliers (Fast Low-Ionization Emission Region) Definition Fliers are regions of gas with low ionization (atoms becoming electrically charged). Commonly seen in planetary nebulae, these regions of gas typically move much faster than other matter from the nebula. Typically, they travel at supersonic speeds, which indicates that they are very young.  

Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion happens when two nuclei (center of an atom) are forced to combine with each other. Since nuclei try to prevent themselves from combining together, fusion only happens under extreme conditions or environments, like the inside of a star! This joining results in a heavier element being formed, and excess energy being released. Imagine two of the best football players from two opposing teams. If, for some reason, they were forced to join one team together, they may not…

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