Solar System

  • A Guide to Understanding the Earth, Sun, Moon Cycle

    Three astronomical objects impact each other in different ways. The Sun overwhelms anything in the Solar System, but smaller events like the Earth's tides are dominated by the Moon. The cycles of each of these objects affect the other objects, some...
    By George Garza May 18, 2011 

  • Relationship Between Solar Activity and Earthquakes

    There seems to be a relationship between solar activity and earthquakes. We will explore how sunspots, solar flares and solar events from the sun influences seismic activity on Earth. In particular, we will see how an increase in solar activity effects...
    By Nick Oza May 18, 2011 

  • What is Escape Velocity?

    What exactly is escape velocity? In this article we will explore what this concept is, how to calculate this velocity for an object and also look at how this velocity varies for different celestial objects.
    By Nick Oza May 17, 2011 

  • Olympus Mons - The Largest Volcanic Mountain in Our Solar System

    It is probably the biggest geological formation to be discovered and it is not on Earth! Read the article to find out more information about what and where is Olympus Mons, how it was formed and whether it is still active. Could we ever set foot on...
    By Aggeliki K. May 17, 2011 

  • Solar Misconduct: The Carrington Event

    One-hundred fifty years ago a solar event occurred that crippled communications and started fires. But what would happen if such an event occurred in the technological society of today?
    By VinceSummers May 5, 2011 

  • Orbiting Around the Sun: Passing from Perihelion to Aphelion

    As the Earth and the other planets of our Solar System orbit around the Sun, they are forcibly confronted with the effects - mild or severe - of their elliptical paths. Read about what happens at perihelion and aphelion and whether these two points are...
    By Aggeliki K. April 30, 2011 

  • Apogee and Perigee - The Near and Far of Orbits

    Are you familiar with the terms apogee and perigee? Read the article for a simple explanation on the two terms and what happens when the Moon passes from one point to the other. Are there any effects on Earth? Follow the article to find out.
    By Aggeliki K. April 27, 2011 

  • Nothing but the Facts About Pluto

    Pluto, once considered the smallest planet in our solar system, was downgraded to a dwarf planet in 2006, 76 years after its discovery in 1930. The downgrading of Pluto shrouded it in controversy and has made it a popular subject for astronomers worldwide...
    By KBunn April 6, 2011 

  • Nothing but the Facts About Titan

    What do you know about Saturn's aptly named moon Titan? For a planetary satellite, Titan has many unique features, including its large size (it's the second largest moon in the solar system) a thick and frigid atmosphere, and lakes...
    By ebishirl April 6, 2011 

  • Nothing but the Facts About Mercury

    Now known as the smallest planet in our solar system since Pluto was named a dwarf planet, Mercury is also the planet that orbits closest to the Sun. Due to its thin atmosphere, though, it is not the hottest planet. To learn more important facts about...
    By KBunn March 31, 2011 
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