How the Moon was Formed

To understand how the moon was formed we have to take a step back, actually a really, really big step back. Let’s go back nearly 5 billion years ago. The Birth of a Solar System: It was nearly 5,000,000,000 (billion) years ago that the Solar System we live in was formed. This occurrence took place through the collapse of a smaller section of a giant molecular cloud. The majority of this matter collected into a mega
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10 Awesome Pluto Facts

Little did Clyde W. Tombaugh know that on the night of February 18th 1930 his discovery would lead to the greatest divide in the astronomical community since the beginning of time… OK, well that might be a slight exaggeration, but maybe not. Either way, the great (once a Planet, now a Dwarf Planet) Pluto was discovered that night by famed Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Clyde was using a 13 inch astrograph
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What’s the Biggest Star in the Universe

The age old question of does size matter really comes to life when thinking about it in terms of stars. When you’re wondering what the biggest star in the universe is, you have to understand how to envision its scale. Our brains can’t even begin to conceive what this scale of size is like, largely because we don’t think in this scale or interact with objects of these sizes in our daily lives. Imagine the
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The Transit Method: How to Detect Exoplanets

If you had $550 million US dollars, what would you do with it? Maybe you’d buy a house, new car, take a vacation, buy a small island, host the Olympics or possibly something else extravagant. Well, not too long ago NASA and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics found themselves asking that same question and decided they would launch a 95 megapixel telescope weighing 2,291 pounds up into space to spend all of its time searching for
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Kepler 452b the Second Most Awesome Planet

With the recent discovery of Kepler 452b, there’s renewed excitement about life throughout the universe, other than that found on Earth. Kepler 452b is being called Earth’s older cousin, big brother or even Earth 2.0, among countless other names. Despite the fun nicknames, Kepler 452b is awesome for many other reasons. What are Kepler 452b’s Earth-like Qualities? Kepler 452b is an exoplanet orbiting around a G-class star named Kepler 452. This Solar System’s star is much like
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What’s the Closest Galaxy to Us

Here in the Milky Way Galaxy, we take up our fair share of the space in the Universe. But, what’s the closest galaxy to us here in the Milky Way? What’s the Closest Galaxy to Us? Our next door neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy! The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is a spiral galaxy and the most massive galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies. Our Local Group of galaxies is made up of roughly 46 galaxies, most of which
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What Solar System Are We In?

tl;dr: check out our How Big is our Solar System Infographic. Well, the answer is kind of anti-climatic… What Solar System Are We In? the name of our solar system is just that; Solar System. The origin of the word “solar” comes from the Latin word sōl, which literally means Sun. Our solar system is a system of objects that orbit around our home star; the Sun. Our solar system formed roughly 4.6 billion years ago from
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