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Jupiter

The Conjunction Of Saturn And Jupiter

On the Winter Solstice, December 21st, 2020, Saturn and Jupiter will conjoin in the southwest sky 45 minutes after sunset. The 2 largest planets in the solar system will look like one large star. The…


Messier 21

Messier 21

Messier 21 is an open cluster that consists mainly of small, faint stars, but is also home to a few blue giants. The cluster contains about 57 confirmed members, but is pretty densely packed. It…


Supernovas How Stars Die

Supernovas

The celestial object known today as supernovas has undergone some evolution. The first version of the term was “supernovae”, which is thought to have been coined during 1931 Caltech lectures by Walter Baade and Fritz Zwicky. The term…


Sun Solar Minimum Solar Observing Solar Cycle

Future Of The Sun

Although morbid, the sun is like every other star as it will finish its lifecycle in the distant future. However, there is no risk for any changes to the star that provides the Earth with…


SpaceX #LaunchAmerica Space Launch Traditions NASA Future Spaceflight CRS-21

CRS-21: The BRAINS Experiment

Set to launch on December 5th, 2020 to the ISS, the 21st  SpaceX cargo resupply is launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with more than 250 science experiments. CRS-21 is currently planned to be a 30 day…


3D Printing

3D Printing

Come join us for a quick look at 3D Printing and its potential applications to spaceflight, and the space manufacturing process. What is 3D Printing? It can be described as the process builds a three-dimensional…


Messier 20 Trifid Nebula

Messier 20 Trifid Nebula

Messier 20, the Trifid Nebula, is an Open Cluster as well as a combination of Emission, Reflection and Dark Nebula located in the Sagittarius region of the Milky Way. It also belongs to the constellation…


Conjunction conjunctions

Conjunction: An Introduction

In astronomy, a conjunction occurs when two astronomical objects or spacecraft have either the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude, usually as observed from Earth. Times and details depend only very slightly on the observer’s location on the…


The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang theory is a cosmological model for the observable universe from the earliest known periods through its subsequent large-scale evolution. The model describes how the universe expanded from a very high-density and high-temperature state, and offers a comprehensive explanation for a broad range of phenomena,…


quasars

Quasars: What Are They?

The term quasar or quasars originated as a contraction of quasi-stellar radio source, because they were first identified during the 1950s as sources of radio-wave emission of unknown physical origin. It was first used in a paper by  astrophysicist Hong-Yee Chiu in…