Theory of Microbes on Mars

Marte es el cuarto planeta desde el Sol. Crédito: NASA/JPL.

Microbes could survive Mars’ thin atmosphere, according to recent research led by astrobiologist Rebecca Mickol at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. As the oldest form of life on Earth and the smallest, microbes are resilient. Fossils prove microbes existed more …

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Vesta, Moon’s Apogee, Orion, and More in This Week’s Sky

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Sunday, January 15th: The Misnomer of the Summer Triangle The Summer Triangle may still be seen during January low in the northwest.  This asterism, or pattern of stars, has three stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Vega is the fifth brightest star in the sky and the brightest star in the …

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Aldebaran, Full Moon, Venus, and more in this week’s sky

venus jupiter conjunction

Check out the main astronomical actors taking the stage for astronomers to watch for the week of January 7th through the 14th. Happy stargazing! January 7th: The Little Dipper Look straight down from Polaris, known as the North Star, to find the dim Litter Dipper January 8th: Aldebaran and the …

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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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