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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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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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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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10 Weird and Wonderful Galaxies

tl;dr: check out our 10 Galaxies and Weird Facts Infographic. No one would deny that Galaxies are one of the most stunning objects in all of the Universe. But did you know, they can be weird and also wonderful, even at the same time? The classical definition of a galaxy states that “…a galaxy is a collection of stars and planets that are held together by gravity,” additionally, “…in a galaxy, the celestial bodies rotate around
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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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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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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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