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Facebook: If You Could Travel Anywhere in the Universe, Where Would You Go and Why?

If You Could Travel Anywhere in the Universe… Where Would You Go and Why? Please enjoy the inaugural Facebook Astronomy Q&A session, from the most awesome Facebook Fans in the World! If you’re interested in participating in future questions, Like our Facebook Page and stay tuned for more Astronomy Q&A sessions. I posed a question to the Fans of my Facebook page Astronomy is Awesome and got an overwhelming response. I love all of the
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4 Cool Facts about Starlight and Fusion

4 Cool Facts about Starlight and Fusion This Universe of full of so many incredible phenomena occurring nearly every day that it comes as little surprise to find that a lot of us are fascinated by space and what happens there. Because of this, we’ve made a list of 4 Cool Facts about Starlight and Fusion for you! Starlight and Fusion Fact #4: Fusion Reactions The Sun is the perfect medium for fusion reactions. Nuclear
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4 Cool Facts about Gravity

4 Cool Facts about Gravity Learning about something that’s always been there seems like a funny thing, but it took ages for humans to understand what causes something to fall to the ground. It may or may not have ever even been an idea that somewhere in the Universe, things may not even fall at all. It wasn’t until our very own and beloved Sir Isaac Newton made the incredible discovery of gravitational forces, until
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Water in our Universe

Water in our Universe Where Does Water in our Universe Come From? The strange thing about the abundance of Water in our Universe is not the fact that there is so much of it – but rather the fact that is has taken as long as it has for the sheer amount of water in interstellar space to be confirmed. The Universe is literally awash with water, and although water in its liquid state is
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The Large Dark Nebula (NGC 281A)

The large dark nebula (NGC 281A) The large dark nebula (NGC 281A) that makes up this “gaping mouth” is a molecular cloud made up predominantly of molecular hydrogen, but also trace amounts of dust and other gases. New generations of Solar Systems are being forged within its cold interior. Once these young stars’ fusion engines switch on, they will irradiate their surroundings – heating up, ionizing and eroding away the remaining dark material from which
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Best Nebulae in the Universe

tl;dr: check out our 10 Best Nebulae in the Universe Infographic. We’ve searched as far as we can see through the known Universe and haven’t found anything more beautiful than the Nebula. A nebula is a gaseous collection of interstellar dust, hydrogen, helium and other trace ionized gases. Nebulae are so large their diameters are usually measured in units of light years! Don’t think that’s impressive?!?! A light year is the equivalent of 5,878,625,373,183 miles. Imagine a nebula that had
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Pulsars and the Gravitational Constant

One Pulsar May Confirm the Gravitational Constant is Universal: Imagine a world where gravity was different than it is here on Earth. Perhaps objects stay in place, rather than fall to the ground. This would have changed a man’s life. Sir Isaac Newton’s study of gravity may never have come to be if that apple had stayed in its place and didn’t fall and hit him on the head. Despite the widespread adornment towards Sir Isaac Newton, there are
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Teeny Supermassive Black Hole: RGG 118

All About Teeny Supermassive Black Hole: RGG 188 Can you imagine looking for something 340 million light years away? That’s this many miles away: 1,998,732,626,882,426,628,489 miles Well, some Astronomers at the University of Michigan and their trusty NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 6.5-meter Clay Telescope in Chile were able to complete that task. These Astronomers found something unique and peculiar; a supermassive black hole… what’s special about that? This one is two times smaller than any other
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The Types of Stars in Astronomy

Mankind has been looking up into the heavens since the dawn of time, until recent times, we knew very little about the world around us and even less about the lights in the night’s sky. Many civilizations have cataloged the lights they observed at night, some even understanding the differences between stars and planets. Mapping stellar locations, movements and even describing their levels of brightness was essential for the evolution of understanding the types of stars in astronomy.
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Giant Molecular Clouds – The Stellar Nursery

Giant Molecular Clouds are the birth place of stars. They’re often referred to as stellar nurseries and even the giver’s of life. Without these amazing and awesome occurrences in space; there’d be no stars, no planets, no solar systems and no life. Sorry, humans. Sorry, E.T. Sorry, Mr. Spock. What Are Giant Molecular Clouds Made of? Molecular Clouds are a type of interstellar clouds which depending on their density and size, can create and give birth
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