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20 Sun Facts | Mind-Blowing Facts about the Sun

The Sun is the center of our entire solar system and has been since it was formed more than 4.6 billion years ago. However, we haven’t always known that the Sun was the center of our solar system. It wasn’t until the 16th Century with Copernicus’s “Heliocentric” model that it was accepted that the planets … Read more

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Project Gemini – How many missions were there?

Only the second human spaceflight program after Mercury, project Gemini lasted five years between 1961 and 1966. The goal of Project Gemini was to develop skills and technologies required for the Apollo missions, including rendezvous, docking and space walks. The Gemini craft was designed for two Astronauts. This is in contrast to the spacecrafts that … Read more

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Astronomy vs Astrology – How are they related?

Astronomy and Astrology almost seem synonymous to the average person. The fact that there are numerous similarities between these two fields of study is indisputable, but there are also many differences that set them very much apart. Both astronomy and astrology have been studied by ancient cultures, and our night sky is the source material … Read more

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Astronomy Careers | 4 Routes to get a career in astronomy

Astronomy is a desirable path for many. It has its own appeal, as it exists at the intersection of math and physics, and also creeps into the mysteries of the planets, stars, and galaxies. And whilst similar, there’s a difference between astrology and astronomy. Unfortunately, astronomy may not seem like a popular career path for many. … Read more

Could we live on Neptune?

In recent years, astronomers have considered the possibility of humans moving to another planet more seriously. We can easily see this from the amount of private companies out there like SpaceX, which is trying to enable us to colonize the planet Mars. Mars is the closest planet to us outwards of the Sun, and it’s … Read more

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Octans Constellation | The Octant (Circle)

Known for actually being one of the hardest constellations to see in the night sky, Octans is actually the pole star of the Southern hemisphere. Finding Octans is a great way to be able to find the South Celestial Pole in the night sky, but as it is quite faint, it can be pretty difficult … Read more

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Piscis Austrinus Constellation | The Southern Fish

Home to one of the top 20 brightest stars in the Sky, Piscis Austrinus is definitely one to look for if you’re in the Southern hemisphere. This well known fish constellation can be spotted just beneath Aquarius, and unlike the constellation Pisces, it is only made up of one fish, not two. Let’s look closer … Read more

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Lynx Constellation

With most of the constellations taking their names from Greek and Roman words, Lynx definitely stands out from the rest. It has a unique name (which I’ll get to in a little while), with many people wondering where it got its name from. It is bordered on the well known constellation Ursa Major, as well … Read more

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Ara Constellation | Facts about the Altar

Ara, also known as the Altar constellation, is a fairly small group of stars that can be seen from the Southern hemisphere. Not only is it home to some well known stars, but also to the Stingray Nebula too, which can be seen to the South of the constellation. Lets find out some more about … Read more

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Aquarius Constellation | The Water Bearer

Aquarius is undoubtedly one of the best known constellations, known for making up one of the Zodiac signs. Its location make it very easily visible, even with the naked eye, even though the constellation itself doesn’t have any stars which are particularly bright. Due to this, it’s probably best to wait for a dark night … Read more

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Pyxis Constellation | The Marine Compass

If you’re looking to learn a little more about the Pyxis constellation, then you’re in the right place. This constellation has a ton of different stars in it, so there’s a lot to learn about! It is one of the few constellations that was discovered by French astronomer Nicolas Lacaille whilst he was situated in … Read more

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Aquila Constellation | Facts about the Eagle

Now, Aquila is one of the more interesting constellations up there in the sky. It’s one of the larger constellations, and it has a multitude of different stars within the constellation for us to talk about. It’s a great one to start out with if you’re in the Northern hemisphere, and it can be found … Read more

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Apus Constellation | The Bird of Paradise

One of the smaller constellations in the night sky, Apus consists of just a few bright stars. Located just to the South of Triangulum Australe, this constellation is best seen from the Southern hemisphere due to it’s declination. Though small, the constellation still has an interesting history to learn about. Let’s look at some more … Read more

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Antlia Constellation | The Air Pump

One of the lesser known constellations in the night sky and with few stars, Antlia might not have been one high up on your list to see. However for those in the Southern hemisphere, it might be pretty easy to find this constellation, even though it is typically quite faint. But who discovered this constellation, … Read more

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What do astronomers mean by a constellation?

There’s a lot of different things to understand about the night sky. With thousands of stars up there, it only makes sense that throughout history, people have looked up there and seen different images in their mind. At it’s most basic, a constellation is simply a concept of the human minds imagination. But is this … Read more

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Reticulum Constellation

One of the smallest constellations up there in our night sky, Reticulum is known for being one of the constellations discovered by astronomer Nicolas Lacaille during his time spent in South Africa. This constellation is best seen in the Southern hemisphere due to it’s declination. Let’s look at some facts about Reticulum. Bordered By; Horologium, … Read more

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Sagitta Constellation

Sagitta is one of the smallest constellations in our night sky, and is also quite dim too. However, although it is small, it is very distinctive and a true representation of the object it’s meant to resemble – the arrow. It is another of the constellations founded by Ptolemy in the 2nd Century. Let’s learn … Read more