Ogling At The Omega Centauri

December 25, 2012

Omega Centauri

At a ripe 12 billion years old, the Omega Centauri is the brightest and largest-known globular cluster within our galaxy. Given its natural luster, it’s not surprising that the cluster–despite its 15,800 light year distance from Earth–is still easily viewed by the naked eye.

The “Bewitching” Nebula

December 23, 2012

Witches Broom Nebula

Also known as the Witch’s Nebula, the Veil Nebula is an enchanting cloud of gas and dust located within the constellation Cygnus. Don’t worry about it casting any spells on you; most scientists estimate that it is around 1,470 light years away from Earth.

Visiting An Other-Worldly Victoria

December 19, 2012

Victoria Crater

Discovered by Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, this martian crater receives its feminine name from a rather manly historical figure: Ferdinand Magellan. While circumnavigating the globe, Magellan used five ships–one of which was named, you guessed it, Victoria. Accordingly, many of the crater’s physical features are named after the bays and capes that Magellan discovered.

Mankind’s Most Amazing Modern Day Technological Wonders

December 12, 2012

Amazing Modern Day Technological Wonders: Satellites

Since Sputnik 1 was launched in 1957 by the The Soviet Union, satellites have increased dramatically in use and in number. Our orbiting companions have brought us GPS tracking, mobile phone technology, improved television and a host of other benefits we now take for granted on a daily basis.

Hubble Telescope

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The Relative Size Of Earth

December 11, 2012

Earth's Location In The Universe

Oh, how quickly all problems become miniscule.

The Lights Of The Lunar Eclipse

December 6, 2012

Marking the first day of northern winter, the Lunar Eclipse comprises 72 minutes of eerie, amber-colored light streaming across snow-covered lawns throughout North America.