Monthly Archives: March 2011

Planet Formation

Planets are formed from the disc of gas and dust that surrounds young stars.  The heavier elements and minerals condense into solid bits of rock and these bits of rock smash into each other as they spin around the star forming … Continue reading

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Seeing Stars

Style.com just had a story posted a fashion story about how star motifs are having a moment right now.  Check it out at http://www.style.com/trendsshopping/inthemoodfor/032311_Stars/

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Help Those Affected by the Japan Earthquake

Six Ways You Can Help Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan By: MEGAN GIBSON Topics: AID, CHARITY, EARTHQUAKE RELIEF, FUNDRAISING, HELP, HELP JAPAN, HOW CAN I HELP, JAPAN EARTHQUAKE, TEXT REDCROSS, TSUNAMI,TSUNAMI IN JAPAN, TSUNAMI JAPAN, VICTIMS Reuters. The first thing on most peoples’ minds after they hear the news of a horrific disaster … Continue reading

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Messenger To Mercury

On March 17th NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft will move into orbit around Mercury. The Messenger spacecraft will orbit at a 200 kilometer (124 mile) minimum altitude. At the time of orbit insertion, MESSENGER will be 46.14 million kilometers (28.67 million miles) … Continue reading

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Boiling Point

The picture above  of the Sun was taken by Alan Friedman.  He captured this image using a 90mm telescope and a filter that only allows a narrow wavelength of light emitted by hydrogen through which tracks the activity of gas … Continue reading

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Evolution of The Sun

A (Plush) Star is Born… 1. A cloud of gas and dust begins to contract under the force of gravity. In regions of star birth, we find gaseous nebulae and molecular clouds. These sites of pre-birth are dark patches called … Continue reading

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