Latest News About Space exploration
About Space / December 12, 2017

Latest News About Space exploration

Proposals Include Wind-Powered Automatons and Icy Volcano Divers Each year, NASA funds a handful of futuristic concepts to push forward the boundaries of space exploration. These early-stage proposals are selected with the hope of developing new ideas into realistic proofs-of-concept. From Aug. 23 to 25, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium will…

Best Space
About Space / December 9, 2017

Best Space

2001: A Space Odyssey,WALL-E,and The Martian,are three of the best space movies of all time, according to Space.com. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios; 20th Century Fox; Turner Entertainment Co., Time Warner Movies have the power to transport audiences to incredible places — including outer space. We ve rounded up what we think are the best space…

What is University Physics?
Universities / December 6, 2017

What is University Physics?

Physics represents an inquiry, both theoretical and experimental, into the nature of the physical universe. The theoretical approach involves constructing and exploring abstract models of nature. The experimental approach involves investigations of physical systems that provide avenues for evaluating theories and for suggesting new theories. Taken together, theory…

Solar System activities for middle school
Schools / December 3, 2017

Solar System activities for middle school

Lessons and Activities Your students will take a voyage of discovery to the outer Solar System; the realm of giant planets, beautiful rings, and exotic moons. An assortment of standards-based lesson plans and classroom activities about the Solar System; intended for elementary, middle, and high school students. Grades 6-8 Kinesthetic Astronomy These lessons are science-rich…

What are the disadvantages of space exploration?
Space Exploration / November 30, 2017

What are the disadvantages of space exploration?

The universe has always fascinated humans since time immemorial. Ancient humans looked up the sky and wondered about the sun, the moon, and the stars, and they came up with myths and legends to explain the presence of these celestial bodies. Early scientists gave their theories about these bodies and, although many of them were incorrect (some thought, for example…

Cosmology for Beginners
Study Space / November 27, 2017

Cosmology for Beginners

Editor’s note: The article “The Universe Could be 250 Times Bigger Than What is Observable” sparked a sizable discussion among our readers, with several suggesting UT should have a series of articles about cosmology — a Cosmology 101, if you will. Our newest writer, Vanessa D’Amico, who wrote the aforementioned article, begins the Cosmology 101 series today, starting…

Astrophysics lessons
Astrophysics / November 24, 2017

Astrophysics lessons

It is not a secret that science is regarded as the most difficult subject by American students, whose knowledge of science, unfortunately, does not meet international standards in most cases. This dangerous situation has not changed much in the last couple of decades, even though many different educational plans and projects have been proposed. The objective of these…

Astronomy Camps for high school students
Schools / November 21, 2017

Astronomy Camps for high school students

Alfred University Observatory. Photo by Allen Grove Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a future in astronomy can explore their passion at this residential camp hosted by Alfred University’s Stull Observatory, considered one of the top teaching observatories in the country. Instructed by AU physics and astronomy faculty members, students…

Astronomy Project for middle school
Schools / November 18, 2017

Astronomy Project for middle school

In our SkyServer Projects, you will learn science by studying the 80 million stars and galaxies of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) - the same objects that professional astronomers study. Most of these objects have never been seen before by human eyes. STUDENTS: Work through these projects at your own pace. Each consists of several questions and exercises. If you…

Facts About Space exploration
About Space / November 15, 2017

Facts About Space exploration

Welcome back to Answers of the Day - our daily Jalopnik feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day s Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It s by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy! Photo Credit: NASA and Samaja Here are your top ten choices for the difficulties of space travel. 10.) Penises don t work as well in space…

What is Astrophysics all About?
Astrophysics / November 12, 2017

What is Astrophysics all About?

This diagram reveals changes in the rate of expansion since the universe s birth 15 billion years ago. The more shallow the curve, the faster the rate of expansion. The curve changes noticeably about 7.5 billion years ago, when objects in the universe began flying apart as a faster rate. Astronomers theorize that the faster expansion rate is due to a mysterious, dark…

Study Astrophysics
Astrophysics / November 9, 2017

Study Astrophysics

Topics: Personal stories, about science writing Is the study of astrophysics self-indulgent? I was caught aback by that assertion, made by a recent graduate in the latest issue of the Brown University alumni magazine, because I want it to be wrong and yet I recognize that the idea has shaped my own professional life. The article profiles six graduates, among them…

University of Washington Astronomy
Universities / November 6, 2017

University of Washington Astronomy

Rory@ Rory Barnes is a theorist in the Virtual Planetary Laboratory primarily interested in the formation and evolution of habitable planets. He focuses on planets in and around the “habitable zones” of low-mass stars, showing how their composition, orbital oscillations, and tidal processes affect our concept of planetary habitability. He has also worked extensively…

Astronomical studies
Study Space / November 3, 2017

Astronomical studies

NGC 7026, a planetary nebula, lies just beyond the tip of the tail of the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Historically, astronomy has focused on observations of heavenly bodies. It is a close cousin to astrophysics. Succinctly put, astrophysics involves the study of the physics of astronomy and concentrates on the behavior, properties…

Consequences of space exploration
Space Exploration / October 31, 2017

Consequences of space exploration

Editor s Note: This is the ninth in a series of essays on exploration by NASA s Chief Historian, Steven J. Dick. As controversies swirl about funding, resources, motives and methods for spaceflight, it is well to consider the consequences of exploring space – and of choosing not to do so. Earlier essays have already analyzed in broad terms some of the potential consequences…