How is a star born?

Birth of a star The universe is a wondrous place where many processes, that defy all imagination,occur. One of these magical phenomena is the birth...

Lunar Eclipse

In a lunar eclipse, the sun, the earth, and the moon all play a role. Lunar eclipse happens when the Earth passes between the...

Oort Cloud Facts

The Oort cloud around our solar system Recent astronomical discoveries reveal a fascinating structure within our solar system. It consists of three zones. (Four if you...
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Facts About Earth

Interesting facts about earth Bowling ball: The earth has a more smooth surface than a bowling ball. (if you scale it to the same size) ...

M5 – Globular cluster

M5 - Globular cluster in the Snake Globular cluster M5 is the last in this series of globular clusters at the beginning of Messier's list is...

M7 – The Ptolemy Cluster

What is Ptolemy Cluster Just southwest of its predecessor M6 we find the very conspicuous open cluster M7. This cluster is easily seen by the naked...

Messier 6, M-6 Butterfly Cluster

M6 Constellation - Butterfly Cluster  The next two objects in the catalog of Messier are not globular clusters, but open clusters. Open star clusters are generally...

Why do stars look like small crosses on photographs?

Stars should look like little dots on a star photograph, but often appear as a small luminous cross with four brilliant arms perpendicular to...
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What is a neutron star?

Neutron Star Definition A neutron star is an incredibly compact star, which is only 10-30 km. in diameter, but weighs 1.4 - 2.3 times as much...

Lagoon Nebula Facts

M8 - the Lagoon Nebula The Lagoon Nebula is on Messier's list along with several other objects. It is a huge gas cloud in which large...