Getting to Know Our Galactic Neighbor

Julia Mariani

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is our closest galactic neighbor. It lies approximately 199,000 light years away from Earth, which may seem far from our perspective. However, on a galactic scale, it’s comparable to the distance between atoms. Although classified as a dwarf galaxy, the close proximity of the SMC […]

Daughters of the Stars

Julia Mariani

  Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, William Herschel, and Edwin Hubble.  Perhaps these names sound familiar, and for good reason. Each made profound advancements in astronomy.  Copernicus first proposed that the solar system was heliocentric rather than geocentric.  Galileo fiercely defended the Copernican model, is credited with creating the […]

James Webb Space Telescope Successfully Emerges from Nearly 100 Days of Cryogenic Testing

Julia Mariani

From July 10th to November 18th, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) remained sealed inside a cryogenic chamber at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. It’s successful emergence signals positive feedback that the spacecraft could withstand a climate similar to frigid outer space. According to Bill Ochs, the project […]

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