October 13, 2021

Grab a Blanket and Get Ready for the Leonid Meteor Shower Coming in November

The wonders of the night sky are mesmerizing to behold. For centuries, the distant balls of light that dot the inky expanse of the celestial sphere have fascinated humankind. So, it’s no wonder that we jump at every chance we get to experience any sort of heavenly phenomenon. And if the mere thought of seeing a shooting star excites you, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming Leonid meteor shower in 2021.

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September 18, 2021

It Took 100,000 Photos to Put Together This 230-Megapixel Picture of the Sun

Backyard astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy is always challenging himself, whether it's capturing the ISS transitting or creating high-definition photos of the Moon. This time, he assembled a powerful telescope that has allowed him to photograph the Sun with incredible detail. In fact, this latest picture is a 230-megapixel image that is the result of 100,000 individual still photos—all taken in his backyard.

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August 28, 2021

How Galileo and His Telescope Changed Ideas About the Universe

The path of genius has not always been easy for those who walk it. When the work of the early modern astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei threatened the very ordering of the cosmos, he made a very powerful enemy in the Catholic Church. The scientist was deemed heretical by the Inquisition and subject to extended house arrest.

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July 13, 2021

15 Carl Sagan Quotes to Help Unravel the Mysteries of the Universe

American astronomer, cosmologist, and author Carl Sagan is known for popularizing science thanks to his hit television series Cosmos. At least 500 million people around the globe tuned in to the 13-part PBS series, which focused on everything from the Origins of the Universe to different concepts of intelligence. As the narrator, Sagan became the voice that people associated with scientific exploration. Until his death in 1996, Sagan was a prolific academic.

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