What are the Gas Planets?

Astronomers love to categorize things, especially planets in our Solar System. All the time you hear people refer to the term “gas planets”, which was coined by a science fiction writer back in 1952, but what does it mean? Even though we hear terms like “gas giant”, “gas planet”, “giant planet” or even “Jovian planets”, they’re all referring to the same thing and one of the more common questions in Astronomy; What are the Gas Planets? Gas planets refer
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How Big is our Solar System

  For more information on our Solar System, check out our article: What Solar System Are We In? How Big is our Solar System and How Long Would it Take to Travel Within it? The Space Shuttle travels at roughly 28,000 miles per hour, which means in 24 Earth hours, you’d travel 672,000 total miles. You’d be able to travel around the Earth (at its surface) 26.9 times in a single day! Now let’s see how
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Cool Facts About Venus

tl;dr: check out our 10 Facts About Venus Infographic. It’s been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. While that statement hasn’t been proven, what’s more likely is that the fairer sex is said to be from Venus because of her name. The planet Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty; Venus. What better place for women to be from than a place known for those two things?  
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Life Cycle of a Massive Star

Stars are easily one of the most exciting things in all of space, possibly only second to one of the most intriguing and exciting phenomena in all of Astronomy; black holes! As we’ve been reviewing in this series about the life cycle of stars, no matter their size, shape, location or astronomical genetics; they have very similar lives. It’s their deaths that differentiate them from one another. In the life cycle of average stars (ones roughly the same size as
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Cool Facts About Mercury

tl;dr: check out our 10 Facts About Mercury Infographic Everybody loves Mercury, it’s one of the planets we’ve known very little about for a very long time, yet held it near and dear to our hearts. Due to the lack of information about Mercury, we’ve relied on our imaginations and speculations, for a long time. Today, we can imagine Mercury in a much different sense, based on facts, rather than myths. After the fly by in the 1970’s
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Life Cycle of a Big Star

Stars are such a beautiful and amazing part of the Universe. Who doesn’t look up into the night’s sky and wonder about these little specks of light shining in the dark voids of space? Since the dawn of man, we’ve been observing, recording, plotting and exploring the stars and wonders in the sky.     Stars are such an important part of the Universe, stars of all sizes; small, average, big and even massive stars. If
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Life Cycle of an Average Star

The life cycle of an average star, or any star for that matter, is such an exciting and mysterious thing – it can’t help but invoke curiosity and wonder. For an average human, life begins, takes place and ends over the course of 80 to 100 years, if you’re lucky. For our brains, that’s completely comprehensible, but as you think about objects with longer life spans, it can become difficult to put into perspective. For an
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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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The Age of the Universe

Since the beginning of man, we’ve been asking ourselves questions about the world around us. Over time, these questions have expanded further beyond our immediate surroundings and into the vast and endless voids of space. As our understanding of the heavens deepen, we’ve become increasingly interested in knowing the age of the Universe. So How Old is the Universe? This is such a complex question and requires so much data, explanations, calculations, references, assumptions, technology, constants and
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