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Planet Mercury Facts: Exploring the Solar System’s Smallest Planet

Planet Mercury Facts: Exploring the Solar System’s Smallest Planet

Sitting in the solar system’s inner rings, nearly hidden in our Sun’s glare, is planet Mercury. And, being the solar system’s smallest planet, tiny Mercury holds loads of fascinating secrets! Let’s explore some planet Mercury facts! SOLAR SYSTEM TITLE: SMALLEST PLANET! QUICK FACTS: DISTANCE FROM SUN: 35.98 million miles DIAMETER: 3,032 miles HOTTEST TEMPERATURE: 798º F COLDEST TEMPERTURE: -292º F MOONS: 0 Planet Mercury Facts: Mercury’s name  In Greek and Roman mythology, Mercury (aka Hermes) was the messenger of the Gods. In fact, often depicted with…

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Double-Slit Experiment – The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics

Double-Slit Experiment – The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics

Double-Slit Experiment –The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics This article deviates from our usual mainstream astronomy topics. In fact, it literally deviates from the world that we know all together, but, it is too amazing not to share! We will look at one of science’s most fantastic, and yet unexplained tests, the double-slit experiment. This experiment, involving the behavior of light, dips into science’s most bazaar, and least understood fields, called quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics seeks to explain behaviors on the…

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What is the Hottest Planet in the solar system? A Surprising Answer!

What is the Hottest Planet in the solar system? A Surprising Answer!

What is the Hottest Planet in the solar system? A Surprising Answer! What is the hottest planet? Naturally, whatever planet lies closest to the Sun should have the highest temperatures, right? Therefore, shouldn’t Mercury be the warmest in the solar system? Actually, Venus, second planet from the Sun is by far the hottest planet. Why is Venus the hottest planet in the solar system? Indeed, being close to the Sun (67 million miles) is partially to blame for Venus’ burning…

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Giants of Science: Who was Archimedes?

Giants of Science: Who was Archimedes?

Archimedes Born: 287 BC, Syracuse, Italy Died: 212 BC, Syracuse, Italy Studied: Math, physics, engineering, astronomy Briography: Who was Archimedes? Indeed, in ancient science and math, Archimedes was an true rock star! In fact, among the most famous scientists in history, Archimedes has earned strong nicknames, like “The Master,” or “The Great One.” Son of Phidias, an astronomer, Archimedes was obsessed with solving problems. Actually, legend has it that the young boy was so distracted by problems that he often forgot to eat! Archimedes was…

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Giants of Science: Who was Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus)?

Giants of Science: Who was Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus)?

Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy) Born: c. 100 AD, Alexandria, Egypt Died: c. 170 AD, Alexandria, Egypt Studied: Math, astronomy, geography Briography: Who was Ptolemy? Claudius Ptolemaeus, more commonly known as Ptolemy, was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer during the 2nd century AD. Ptolemy was born, lived and thrived in Alexandria, Egypt, a global scientific and intellectual hub. But, who was Ptolemy? Unfortunately, we know almost nothing about Ptolemy’, other than what we learn from his writings. We know very little, or nothing of his…

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Big Bang TV static – Watch the birth of our universe on TV

Big Bang TV static – Watch the birth of our universe on TV

Big Bang TV static – Watch the birth of our universe on TV The Big Bang is, flat-out, the single greatest mystery to human beings. It is the missing key to understanding how life began, and also how life may end. But, no matter how mysterious, did you know that you can simply watch our universe’s creation from your home through Big Bang TV static? Well, maybe you can’t actually watch it happen. But, you can observe real evidence from the Big…

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What is the Coldest Planet in the Solar System? A Chilling Surprise!

What is the Coldest Planet in the Solar System? A Chilling Surprise!

What is the Coldest Planet in the Solar System? A Chilling Surprise! Indeed, even our own cosmic backyard, the solar system is full of surprises! In fact, if you read our article, What is the Hottest Planet?, you likely received a truly unexpected answer. Well, then what is the coldest planet? Simply put,Neptune is, by far the most distant planet form the Sun, isn’t it? And, the further a planet lies from the Sun, the cooler the weather, right? Actually,…

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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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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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