Category: astronomy

Seeing our Solar System to scale

This wonderful video beautifully illustrates the magnitude of our Solar System on a smaller scale in the middle of a dry lakebed in Nevada. Too bad they did not include Pluto. A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh. Advertisements

Pluto is a planet again

The New Horizons space probe, which launched on January 19, 2006 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, has been traveling at a rate of 36,373 mph towards Pluto. New Horizons reached its closest approach to Jupiter on February 28, 2007 when it was about 1.4 million miles away. The flyby helped launch the space probe’s speed by 9,000 […]

Venus and Jupiter conjunction

Tomorrow on June 30, 2015 at approximately 2:17 pm Universal Time (7:17 am PT), we will witness a celestial event in which Venus and Jupiter will come closest to one another as the two planets race around the Sun. This can be visible from just about anywhere in the world. Although it is most optimal to […]