Asteroid Facts: Hygiea
Solar System

Asteroid Facts: Hygiea

January 8, 2018 Peter Christoforou 0

The image above includes a light-curve derived 3D model of the C-type asteroid designated 10 Hygiea, the fourth largest asteroid in the solar system by both volume and mass, the latter of which is estimated […]

Asteroid Facts: Pallas
Solar System

Asteroid Facts: Pallas

January 8, 2018 Peter Christoforou 0

The image above shows the somewhat oblate shape of the B-type asteroid designated 2 Pallas, which is the second asteroid to be discovered, and the third most massive, containing about 7% of all the mass […]

The Asteroid Vesta
Solar System

Asteroid Facts: Vesta

January 7, 2018 Peter Christoforou 0

The asteroid designated 4 Vesta is one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt with a diameter of 525 kilometres (326 miles). Discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on 29 March 1807, and named after […]

Ceres
Solar System

Asteroid Facts: Ceres

January 7, 2018 Peter Christoforou 0

The image above shows a near true color picture of the C-type (carbonaceous) asteroid 1 Ceres, the first asteroid ever to be discovered, and the biggest object in the asteroid belt. With a diameter of […]

Parrot's Head Nebula
Astronomy Lists

Nebulae Named After Birds

December 10, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

With this list, we present a few nebulae of various types that are said to resemble birds, and while some of the structures mentioned do actually resemble some of our feathered friends, others do so […]

Cocoon Nebula
Astronomy Lists

Nebulae Named After Insects

December 9, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Nebulae are large clouds of interstellar dust and ionized gases which provide the basic building blocks from which the stars and solar systems are created. These stellar nurseries are mostly composed of hydrogen (90%) and […]

Manatee Nebula in Aquila
Astronomy Lists

Nebulae Named after Aquatic Animals

December 2, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Nebulae of all types are among the most spectacular and spookiest looking structures in the entire Universe, and have been an endless source of intrigue and discovery for astronomers. How we perceive them, however, is […]

Astronomy Lists

Nebulae Named After Land Animals

December 1, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

In a previous post we mentioned that nebulae of all types are among the most spectacular, scary, complex, and sometimes least understood objects in the entire Universe, and how we perceive them often depends on […]

Death Eater Nebula
Astronomy Lists

The Spookiest Nebulae in the Universe

November 30, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Nebulae are among the most beautiful, complex, and least understood objects in the entire Universe, with how we perceive them often depending upon our skill in manipulating photographic images, rather than our observation skills. In […]

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