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Double Stars

Double Stars

In observational astronomy, a double star or visual double is a pair of stars that appear close to each other as viewed from Earth, especially with the aid of optical telescopes. The first double stars…


Greenhouse Gas Effect Climate Change Politics

Climate Change And Politics

We have talked about the importance of greenhouse gases in a previous article. That said, what does politics even have to do with climate change? Why does it even matter? The reason that climate change…


Messier 14

Messier 14

Messier 14 is a globular cluster that is 13 billion years old with 150,000 stars, located in the southern constellation Ophiuchus. DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestMay, June, and JulyBest Time To ObserveJulyMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceTelescopeObject…


CubeSats

CubeSats

A CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that is made up of multiples of 10 cm × 10 cm × 11.35 cm cubic units, which is roughly the size of ~ 4 in × 4 in ×…


Messier 13 Hercules Globular Cluster

Messier 13 Hercules Globular Cluster

Messier 13 is a wonderful globular cluster to view during the summer months. Famously, Messier 13, the Hercules Globular Cluster was the target of the Arecibo message, sent in 1974, which contained information about the…


Space Law Space Policy

Space Policy: An Introduction

Space policy can be defined as the political decision-making process for, and application of, public policy of a state regarding spaceflight and uses of outer space, both for civilian, scientific and commercial, and military purposes. This is significantly…


Earth Science Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

The term and concept of the “Overview Effect” were coined in 1987 by Frank White, who explored the theme in his book The Overview Effect — Space Exploration and Human Evolution. That said, Frank White was not the…


Messier 12

Messier 12

Messier 12 is located 15,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus with an apparent magnitude of 7.7 and can be observed with a pair of binoculars most easily in July. Come learn about how…


Famous Comets Comet Meteor

Top 6 Most Famous Comets

After discussing how classifications of comets can differ depending on the solar system that it orbits and the length of time taken to orbit, it seemed fun to discuss the most famous comets that everyone…


NOAA

NOAA: Celebrating 50 Years Of Excellence

Founded on October 3rd, 1970, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shortened to the acronym NOAA, is an American scientific agency that is part of the United States Department of Commerce. NOAA is dedicated and focuses on…