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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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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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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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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