4 Cool Facts about Solar Flares

4 Cool Facts about Solar flares

4 Cool Facts about Solar flares Did you know that most of the Solar Flares we experience here on Earth are harmless? However, a few can cause serious trouble and even catastrophic events. Solar flares are defined as spontaneous flashes of brightness observed near the sun’s surface. Additionally, they can also be defined as a tremendous explosion due to a release of the magnetic field on our Solar System’s star, Sol (the Sun). If you’ve
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10 Awesome Facts About the Sun

  10 Awesome Facts About The Sun When you look out into the night’s sky, you gaze upon hundreds, thousands, millions and billions, even trillions (if you have awesome eyesight) of stars. We rarely stop to think that we have one of those beautiful little specs of light in our Solar System; the Sun. Our star is critically important to the existence of our Solar System, our planet and even our lives; without it we
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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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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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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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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 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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