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 […]

Origins: The Hubble Space Telescope

Julia Mariani

Since the 1920s, astronomers have struggled to deal with the very thing that keeps humanity alive: the atmosphere.  Although it provides a relatively stable and hospitable climate on Earth, it also makes studying the cosmos from Earth challenging.  The atmosphere absorbs ultraviolet light, x-rays, and gamma rays, an important attribute […]

History Flies Across the Sky as Kosmos-1315 Reenters the Atmosphere

Julia Mariani

On August 30th at 11:00pm Hawaiian time, the Kosmos 1315 satellite reentered the Earth’s atmosphere over the islands of Hawaii. The satellite’s reentry reflects the historic race to space between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. On October 13th, 1981, the USSR launched Kosmos 1315 […]

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