Just because something is smaller does not make it something else. Research suggests that Pluto should be reinstated as a planet because it meets the requirements of and behaves like a planet, has seasons, and less than half of the astronomers voted to make Pluto a dwarf planet. The definition of what a planet is has changed from this definition. “A celestial body distinguished from the fixed stars by having an apparent motion of its own (including the moon and sun), especially with reference to its supposed influence on people and events “.To this definition. “Any of the eight large heavenly bodies revolving about the sun and shining by
Many people could be given credit for finding Neptune but John Couch Adams and Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier got most all of the credit. It was the first planet to be discovered by telescope but the first planet to be found by people specifically searching for one. It was launched in August 1977 the spacecraft went to Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1981. After it went there it was programmed to go to Uranus in 1979 and last Neptune in 1989. The data and 10,000 pictures it took increased the knowledge of Neptune majorly.
The planet Uranus was discovered on March 13th, 1781 by German born British-astronomer William Herschel. Herschel found the new planet by using a telescope that he made himself. When he discovered the planet, he didn’t really know what he was looking at. He thought he might have discovered a nebular star or even a new comet. Later on he presented his findings to the Royal Society, where Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne revealed that it actually had a planet like orbit, and did not seem to possess a tail like a comet would.
There has recently been photos that have been shown of the mysterious planet of Pluto. By the looks of it, we should bundle up, bring our snowboarding gear, and fly off to Pluto and do some skiing and snowboarding! The New Horizons probe revealed these pictures to the public. NEW HORIZONS PLUTO PHOTOS FINALLY CAME The New Horizon actually took these high definition photos of Pluto way back in their flyby in July. However, as NASA points out, due to the average transmitter and the vast separation to Earth the data takes a long time to get back to the Earth.
Thus, Mars’s day is shorter than Venus’s day, but Mars’s year is far longer than Venus’s year. Other than the Moon and Venus, Mars is the third brightest object in the sky, often appearing as a red dot. Unlike Venus’s strong atmospheric pressure, Mars has a weak atmosphere, only 1% of the Earth. Unlike Venus, where the temperature is 900 degrees Fahrenheit, Mars is a chilly temperature of -85 degrees below zero. Mars has two satellites, unlike Venus who has no natural satellites.
When Neil Armstrong first touched down on the moon in 1969, millions of people watched him take the first step and create history (Villard). Yet even as we’ve moved on from the moon landings and consider them as a pivotal point for mankind, “Forty years after U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, many conspiracy theorists still insist the Apollo 11 moon landing was an elaborate hoax”(Than). The idea that our voyage to the moon was deliberately staged seems to resurface year after year. While the conspiracy theorists claim the moon landing was a hoax, creating a fake moon landing would have been more expensive and difficult than actually reaching the moon. The race to the moon began on October 5, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into orbit around the earth: “When the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik, on October 4, 1957, the United States experienced a technological identity crisis”(Olson).
They plan to do this by strapping nuclear rockets to an amnesia heavy asteroid and launching into Mars causing the greenhouse gases to rise forming an atmosphere. Once again an interesting idea, but not very feasible for the same reasons as the previous idea. Lacking in realisticness, the theories make it hard to accept terraforming as a way to colonize Mars in the present time or near future. Due to the number of resources, energy, money, and time it will require to achieve even one of the
Its sharp vision has detected the farthest planets found so far. It captured the first visible-light image of a planet around another star,”(“Hubble Site…” 1). Although the Hubble has been in space since 1990, it is still making important discoveries towards interstellar travel. Telescopes have done an amazing job in helping scientists map out the stars, but traversing the dark, desolate nothingness of space requires a different use of
Facts: ● The Sombrero Galaxy may not be part of a formal galaxy group, but could be a member of a string of galaxies that extends away from the Virgo Cluster. ● As many as 2,000 globular clusters swarm around the core of the Sombrero Galaxy, and the number could be related to the size of the central bulge. ● The Sombrero has a central supermassive black hole at its heart. Observations of star motions near the black hole suggest it could have the mass of a billion Suns, perhaps the most massive of any black hole found so far at the heart of a galaxy. ● The Sombrero Galaxy is a favorite target for well-equipped amateur astronomers.
Astronomers from WISE say that with the new infrared observations, Baptistina is not the responsible party leaving the Origin of the Asteroid a mystery to scientists. Immediate Impact on Earth The asteroid which collided with Earth 66 million years ago immediately created a deep hole, known as the peak ring, with an area of 100 kilometres wide and 30 kilometres deep, leaving the crater mainly under sea. Just after the impact deep granite bedrock, in liquid form, rebounded up to 10 kilometres tall before falling into a circular ridge. Next, the peak ring was enclosed in a layer of rocks, called a breccia, that contains bits of broken rock and impact melt. The Chicxulub asteroid originally landed near the town of Chicxulub which is where the asteroid got its name.