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Can You Escape the Force of Gravity?

by Fraser Cain April 7, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter It feels like you just can’t get away from clingy gravity. Even separated by distances of hundreds of millions of light years, gravity is reaching out to all of us. Is there a place you could go to get away from […]

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Virtual Star Party – April 6, 2014: Saturn Rising

by Fraser Cain April 6, 2014

Hosts: Fraser Cain and Scott Lewis Astronomers: David Dickinson, Gary Gonella, Roy Salisbury, Sharin Ahmed, Stuart Forman, Mike Simmons and some gorgeous pics from Cory Schmitz in the Southern Hemisphere Scott also shares pics from the viewers Apps used by Scott: Phases of the Moon and Stellarium Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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If the Moon Were Only One Pixel: a Scale Model of the Solar System

by Jason Major March 6, 2014

One of my favorite pet peeves is the inability of conventional models to accurately convey the gigantic scale of the Solar System. Most of us grew up with models of the planets made of wood or plastic or spray painted styrofoam balls impaled on bent wire hangers (don’t tell Mommy), or, more commonly, illustrations on […]

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Astrophotos: Sun Halo, Crescent Moon and Earthshine

by Nancy Atkinson March 3, 2014

Here’s a few great astrophotos for today! Astrophotographer César Cantú from the Chilidog Observatory in Monterrey, Mexico captured this stunning halo around the Sun on March 2, 2014. A solar halo is an optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky. Conditions in the atmosphere have to […]

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Playing Marbles With The Planets

by Jason Major February 26, 2014

We’ve all seen charts showing the relative sizes of planets and moons compared to each other, which are cool to look at but don’t really give a sense of the comparative masses of the various worlds in our Solar System. It’s one thing to say the Earth is four times larger than the Moon, it’s […]

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