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  • When the Sun's Magnetic Poles Flip: What This Means For Us

    Our friendly, neighborhood star undergoes a major change every 11 years. The last occurred in 2014. Learn what happens when the sun's magnetic poles flip and how this affects us.
    By Lindsay Williams August 15, 2013 

  • The Shuttle Already Left! How Do We Get There Now?

    Watching the Atlantis arrive from its last voyage into space was a remarkable moment for all Americans. After 30 brilliant years of triumph and tragedy, the space shuttle program came to an end. However, like others, I question whether it was too much...
    By Jason C. Chavis April 17, 2012 

  • The Great Trash Can in the Sky

    Not content with polluting the Earth and its atmosphere we are now cluttering up space with dead, useless satellites and other assorted space junk. In our quest for self-gratification our ability to pollute knows no bounds.
    By PhilBagnall November 26, 2011 


  • Why Do We Have This Confusion of Planetary Names?

    The discovery of hundreds of extrasolar planets has revealed a weakness in scientific research: Astronomers are no good at naming them!!
    By PhilBagnall October 25, 2011 

  • Are We Alone? How Water On Mars Can Help Us Find Out

    The search for water on Mars has been a long one. It has taken us years to discover overwhelming evidence showing water flowing on the red planet. One challenge NASA has today, however, is convincing the populace that this discovery is worthwhile and...
    By Jason C. Chavis August 31, 2011 

  • Black Holes? Chandra Suggests Proof: NGC 3115 Hot Gas Backflow

    Science fact is verifiable science fiction. In the matter of black holes, at what point does—or did—the transition from fiction to the fact occur? Consider the evidence presented by Chandra concerning NGC 3115.
    By VinceSummers August 25, 2011 

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