Throughout human history people have been fascinated by the movements of the stars, planets, moon, and sun. One of the most impressive things for these ancient humans to witness were eclipses. Both of the sun and of the moon. A Solar Eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking its light. […]

The Phases of The Moon

One of the most prominent features of the night sky is our Moon. The way the Moon looks constantly changes in a predictable pattern. We call these changes phases. What are the phases of the moon, and what causes them? There are eight phases of the moon, and they are: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First […]

The Eight Planets of Our Solar System

Our Solar System is made up of eight planets, each with its own unique characteristics. Here’s a brief overview of each one: Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and has very little atmosphere. As a result, it experiences extreme temperatures, with the days being incredibly hot and the nights being very cold. Venus […]

The Moon

The moon is a natural satellite of the earth, consisting of rock, dust, and ice. It was formed about 4.5 billion years ago, soon after the formation of the earth. When a large planetoid collided with the earth, the resulting debris formed a ring around the earth. This ring eventually coalesced to form the moon. […]

The Rings of Saturn

One of the most breathtaking things to see with your own eyes, through a telescope, are the rings of Saturn. These beautiful rings looked like lobs or ears to ancient astronomers. Today we know that they are massive rings of orbiting dust, ice, debris, and moons. How did these rings form? There are three competing […]

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

If you were to look up in the sky tonight, chances are you may see the planet Jupiter. If you have a low powered telescope it is even possible that you might see the planet’s great red spot, or eye. This jovian “superstorm” has been raging for at least 350 years. The jupiter hurricane is […]

Remote Sensing of The Earth

  Throughout most of history, the only tools that map makers had to help them understand and portray the shape of the Earth and its continents were the map maker’s writing implements and their own two legs. It is truly amazing how accurate maps were considering their limited technology. However, maps could vary greatly depending […]

The Earth Has Spheres

Scientists divide our home planet into three spheres. Each sphere is categorized according to its physical characteristics. These spheres are the Atmosphere, which is made of all the Earth’s gases; the Lithosphere, which is made up of all the Earth’s physical materials, such as rocks and soil; and the Hydrosphere, which is made up of […]