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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…


Messier 19

Messier 19

The stars in globular clusters orbit about a common center of gravity, so these clusters are usually spherical. Some globular clusters, like Messier 19, have a slightly elongated shape. This cluster is only 6,500 light-years…


Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Lunar Calendars

November 30 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

As mentioned in the lunar eclipses article, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not…


Model Rockets

Model Rockets

Many people are interested in model rockets, but what are they exactly? How do they vary and how did model rockets become so popular? A model rocket is a small rocket designed to reach low altitudes and be recovered by a…


Messier 18

Messier 18

It looks like Messier 18 might very well be a binary cluster that is paired with NGC 6618. NGC 6618 located inside Messier 17. Messier 18 is a relatively dim open star cluster located in…