Now let’s look at what happens when a star reaches the end of its life. Thing is, what happens depends on how big the star is so we’ll look a two stars, an average star like our Sun, and a giant star with several times the mass of the Sun. A star about the size […]Read more "The End is Nigh!"
Right now, in the early evening, it is possible to see the closest planet to the Sun, Mercury. Assuming there are no clouds, in which case you probably don’t live very close to me! Mercury is not only the closest to the Sun, it is also the smallest planet but strangely enough, not the hottest. […]Read more "The Incredible Shrinking Planet"
After I wrote the last piece about resonant orbits I thought I would write a bit about orbits in general and what they are. The fact is that for a long time, a few thousand years at least, we have known that some of the things we can see in the sky go round some […]Read more "The Magic Roundabout"
There is a power in our solar system. A hidden, unseen power that has shaped our Solar System and I don’t mean the Free Masons or the Illuminati! This force has helped make life on Earth possible, and lies at the very foundation of our stellar neighbourhood. The power I am talking about is not […]Read more "The secret power of resonances"
There was once, according to the story, a little girl who fell down a rabbit hole and discovered a strange world where the normal physical rules of how our world works no longer applied. Today we are going to look at what might happen to her great, great granddaughter if she got bored with the […]Read more "Alice’s Adventures in Black Hole Land"
This time we are going to take a look at Pluto and the rather novel way it came to be discovered. But first let’s take a quick look at Pluto with some basic facts about this distant member of our Solar System and I suppose I should start with a proper introduction. Ladies and gentlemen, […]Read more "Pluto, distant gateway to the Kuiper Belt and Beyond!"
Our Sun is what is called a yellow dwarf star. This means that it is, as it’s name suggests, yellow (it’s not really) and comparatively small, (welllll yes and no). Actually it appears blindingly white when seen without the filter of an atmosphere and it radiates most of it’s energy in the green area of […]Read more "Brown Dwarfs are Cool!"