We’ve sent thousands of things into space over the years! Many of them just orbit the Earth, and some are flying out past the edges of the Solar System. In this episode, we present our favorite currently active space probes! We’re conducting a survey of our viewers! Continue reading
As of 1989, mankind had successfully sent craft to every known planet in the solar system except one: Pluto. Located in an mysterious region called the Kuiper Belt, Pluto is a scientific goldmine, and could hold clues to the formation of our solar system. Alan Stern explains how NASA’s New Horizons mission is going to allow us to see Pluto for the first time. Lesson by Alan Stern, animation by Eoin Duffy. Continue reading
The outer layer of the sun is slowing down, something we’ve known for decades but haven’t been able to figure out until now. Continue reading
There’s a little black wooden box in a farm field in Comber, Ont., about 50 kilometres east of Windsor. Spaced at proportioned distances around it, there are six other little boxes just like it.
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It’s not often that we get a chance to see our planet’s shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse. During these rare events, the full Moon rapidly darkens and then glows red as it enters the Earth’s shadow. Though a lunar eclipse can be seen only at night, it’s worth staying up to catch the show. The next lunar eclipse visible from the western hemisphere will take place in the early morning hours of April 15, 2014, from about 2:00 am – 5:30 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
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How beautiful is a ring that sparkles, whether perched upon a finger or girdling a gas giant hundreds of millions of miles away. Continue reading