The Milky Way: our amazing galaxy

The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The descriptive “milky” is derived from the appearance from Earth of the galaxy – a band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that [ … ]

N44 located in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way

N44 is an emission nebula with superbubble structure located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way in the constellation Dorado.   What is the emission nebula N44? Originally catalogued in Karl Henize’s “Catalogue of H-alpha emission stars [ … ]

Jupiter which has at least 69 moons!

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a giant planet with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two and a half times that of all the other planets in the [ … ]

What is the Space Launch System (SLS)?

The Space Launch System (SLS) is an American Space Shuttle-derived heavy expendable launch vehicle. It is part of NASA’s deep space exploration plans including a manned mission to Mars.   What is the Space Launch System (SLS)? [ … ]

What everybody ought to know about galaxies!

A galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter.   What are galaxies? The word galaxy is derived from the Greek galaxias, literally “milky”, a reference to the Milky Way. Galaxies range in size [ … ]

The Sombrero Galaxy, visible with amateur telescopes

Sombrero Galaxy or Messier Object 104 is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 31 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy has a diameter of approximately 50,000 light-years, 30% the size of the Milky Way.   What is the Sombrero Galaxy? [ … ]

Do you know what is the horizon?

The horizon or skyline is the apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line that divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth’s surface, and those that do not. What is the [ … ]