Category Archives: Astronomy

Supernova

Wow!  I mean WOW.  It’s been 40 years since we’ve seen a type Ia supernova this close and we’ve never seen one as young as this.  Not that this just happened, it actually happened 25 million years ago, but we are seeing … Continue reading

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Age of the Moon

My heart missed a beat when I saw an article titled, “Moon Younger Than Previously Thought” on ScienceDaily.com.  Were the creationists right?  Was the Earth only 6,000 years old?  After all, according to the Institute for Creation Research, “It takes … Continue reading

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Darkest Known Exoplanet

  Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet using data from the Kepler spacecraft.  TrES-2b is a planet the size of Jupiter that orbits a sun-like star about 750 light years away in the constellation Draco.  It reflects less than … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage Juno

I know the blog’s been heavy on the astronomy news lately, but a lot of interesting things have been happening.  Just in the past couple days, NASA announced evidence that points to flowing water on Mars, there was a massive … Continue reading

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Vesta

Yesterday NASA released this photo of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.  Vesta is about 300 miles across and this picture was taken from 3,000 miles away. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was launched in September 2007 … Continue reading

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Eris

The discovery of the dwarf planet Eris was announced on July 29, 2005.  It is the ninth largest body orbiting the Sun (yep, bigger than Pluto.)  It’s roughly one-quarter more massive than Pluto and one-quarter as massive as the Earth. Eris … Continue reading

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Neptune Discovered

It was one year ago that Neptune was discovered–one Neptunian year, that is.  One year on Neptune is equivalent to 164.79 years on Earth.  That is one long year. Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun (sorry, Pluto) and was … Continue reading

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