The Water Carrier Aquarius is one of the oldest known constellations. In the 2nd century 48 were observed and noted by Ptolemy although with modern telescopes there are now a total of 88. Aquarius is located in a region of the sky we call "The Sea" because its neighbouring constellations are; Cetus the whale, Pieces … Continue reading The Constellation Aquarius
I admit, last weeks post was slightly shorter than most other posts I’ve ever written. Following on from this I have decided to complete a series on the signs of the zodiac from the point of view of astronomy. The Zodiac are the star groups and systems can observe from Earth depending on the time … Continue reading Signs Of The Zodiac Series
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One of the biggest misconceptions about our night sky is that Polaris, commonly known as the North Star, is the brightest star in the Earth Sky. The truth is, it is between the 45th and 50th. That title of the brightest star in the sky belongs to Sirius. To the naked eye Sirius is a … Continue reading Sirius : The Brightest Star in The Sky.
One of the enduring symbols of Christmas and The Nativity is the star the wise men followed to greet the baby Jesus. The star of Bethlehem as it became to be known, has been researched extensively and there are several hypotheses as to which celestial body the Magi (Wise Men) followed to reach a stable … Continue reading What Was The Star of Bethlehem?
On the 19th of October 2017, an object was observed accelerating rapidly away from our Sun. The discovery was made by PAN-STARRS (panoramic survey telescope and rapid response system). These are a group of telescopes that constantly observe the sky for variable and accelerating objects like asteroids or comets. Initially the messenger was thought to … Continue reading The Messenger Who Came In From The Cold.
Will the Universe expand forever? A frequently asked question in the comments on the website. I touched on this in the past during the cosmology and dark energy topics covered in previous posts but it certainly deserves a post in its own right. Cosmology deals largely with the universe as a whole considering all the … Continue reading Will The Universe Expand Forever?