The Planet Mercury
Solar System

The Planet Mercury

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*As well as being the closest planetto the Sun, Mercury (4,878km wide) is also the smallest planet in the solar system, similar in size to our Moon (3475.6km wide) and 2/5 the size of Earth. […]

Interesting Facts About Ursa Major
Astronomy Lists

Interesting Facts About Ursa Major

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

The Great Bear In Latin, “ursus” means bear, while in Greek the word is “arktos”, hence the name Arctic (“bearish”) which describes the far northern region of the Earth where the constellation of Ursa Major […]

The Planet Jupiter
Solar System

The Planet Jupiter

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

*The planet Jupiter is named after the king of the Roman gods whose Greek counterpart was Zeus. It is the biggest planet in our solar system, which is where it derived its association with the […]

Ophiuchus, The 13th Zodiac Sign
Star Constellations

Ophiuchus, The 13th Zodiac Sign

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

The constellation Ophiuchus is Greek for ‘serpent-bearer’ and is depicted as a man grasping a snake, represented by the nearby constellation of Serpens. It is sometimes known as the Zodiac’s 13th or forgotten constellation as […]

Interesting Facts About Orion
Astronomy Lists

Interesting Facts About Orion

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

Winter Is Coming Orion can be seen by observers located between +85° and -75° of latitude, with the constellation’s appearance at night signalling that winter is coming. That is at least true from mid-northern latitudes […]

The Solar System
Solar System

The Solar System

November 29, 2012 Peter Christoforou 0

Our Solar System is 4.6 billion years old and was formed inside a diffuse cloud of interstellar gas and dust called a nebula. At its center is a giant ball of exploding hydrogen (75%) and […]

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