Russian Satellite May Soon Become Brightest “Star” In The Sky

If a Russian crowdfunded group succeeds, we might soon see a satellite brighter than Venus gliding overhead at night. Called Mayak, Russian for “Beacon”, a team from Moscow University of Mechanical Engineering is working to build the orbiting artificial star to launch along with the Canopus-B-IR satellite aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket as soon as the middle of…
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Hubble Smashes Cosmic Distance Record

We have a new record! Astronomers have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to the limit and uncovered a new galaxy so far away, it’s still in the process of formation only 400 million years after the universe began in the Big Bang. Located 13.4 billion light years from Earth, Yale researchers led an international team of…
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What Makes Stars Shine?

They may seem remote and cold on a winter night but rest assured, stars produce as much heat and often more than the sun. All that separates us from feeling their warm rays on our cheeks is distance. Lots and lots of distance. One way people keep warm is to squish closer together. In a…
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A Leap In Time On Feb. 29 / Mars Is Coming

While we normally think of Earth revolving around the sun in 365 days, it actually does so in 365 1/4 days. Those extra quarter days add up to one full day in four years, which is added into the calendar every fourth year as February 29. The Leap Day was introduced by Roman emperor Julius Caesar in…
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Let This Big Dog Take You For A Walk Tonight

We’ve gained two hours of daylight since the winter solstice. By February’s end the sun sets around 6 p.m. instead of half past 4, and the sky doesn’t get dark till nearly 8. Hard to believe, but Daylight Saving Time begins in two weeks. We’re in that late winter seasonal transition when one day is sunny…
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