Getting to Know Our Galactic Neighbor

Young stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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 …

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Extraterrestrials are more than “little green men”


If we ever discover life elsewhere in the universe besides on earth, it will change the way we think about our significance in the scheme of things. To try and make this historic moment happen, scientists are studying specific life forms on earth that could potentially survive on other, earth-like …

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What a five star system looks like.

This artist’s impression shows a sunset seen from the super-Earth Gliese 667 Cc. The brightest star in the sky is the red dwarf Gliese 667 C, which is part of a triple star system. The other two more distant stars, Gliese 667 A and B appear in the sky also to the right. Astronomers have estimated that there are tens of billions of such rocky worlds orbiting faint red dwarf stars in the Milky Way alone.

Via: Picture a beautiful day with a clear blue sky, birds chirping, and the sunset in the distance. Now imagine this same landscape except with not one, not two, but five suns shining from differing distances in the sky!  This reality exists in a recently discovered solar system, known …

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Daughters of the Stars

Female astronomers at the Harvard College Observatory.

  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 …

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