Jupiter – The Solar System’s Largest Planet (by far)

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System (followed by Saturn - one of the other Jovian Planets). After our last blog talking about Mars, we finished talking about the terrestrial planets in the Solar System. Now we travel past the red, rocky planet, past the asteroid belt into our first Jovian Planet. A Jovian Planet is the four outer planets in the Solar System and is called so because...
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Mars – Our next home?

The little red planet in our solar system is the next location where humans are going to try and land and create an environment on. The more research done on Mars, the more interesting features and facts emerge. Mars is smaller than Earth, red in color, has no sizeable magnetosphere, and has actually been virtually mapped (so you can go and explore Mars online - search it up!) The main...
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Venus – Our closest planet?

Venus is a remarkable astronomical object that is actually the "closest" planet to Earth. The closest is in quotation marks because although Venus is actually the planet that gets the closest to Earth, Mercury is the planet that is closer to Earth more often than Venus (due to orbital differences). In comparison to Earth, Venus is very similar in size, density,  and chemical composition. The...
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Mercury – The Closest Planet to the Sun

Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system and also the closest to the Sun. During my research into aspects of Mercury and my previous research in our Solar System, I noticed something very interesting - Mercury and the Moon are very similar. The only feature that can distinguish the Moon and Mercury is that the Moon as the Dark Maria on it (as we saw from my previous blog). The reason...
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The Moon

The Moon of Earth is mysterious in many ways. Why is there a body of rock and minerals that is orbiting Earth? Why did humans go to the Moon multiple times and have not since returned? Why does the Moon appear to come in different shapes in our night sky depending on the night? These are all of the major questions that are asked about the Moon. The creation of the Moon can be a controversial...
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Planet Earth

To better understand our solar system, it is important that we first understand Earth's evolution, properties, and why there is life. Although there are millions and billions and trillions of stars and planets in our universe, there is only one planet that scientists have found that has life on it...why is that?  Our planet is about 150 million kilometers to the Sun, which is the same distance...
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Our Closest Star – The Sun

The Sun is the closest star to Earth - the next closest star to Earth is Proxima Centauri and it is over 4.2 Light Years away from Earth. The most fascinating aspect of the Sun for me is that it is not on fire - that blows my mind and it deteriorates a long-term misbelief of mine since I was young. The Sun is the most important thing to Earth. It creates light, heat, and is essential for all...
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The Beginning and Formation of our Solar System

Our Universe is over 13.8 billion years old and it all started with the 'Big Bang'. Through my research on the creation of our solar system, it is a misconception that the beginning of our Universe was a big bang and that is because it was more like 'inflation'. Starting from the size of a grain of sand, our Universe expanded faster than the speed of light with immense heat to start the...
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The Major Astronomical Objects and Structure of our Solar System

Free Inquiry Topic: The Major Astronomical Objects and Structure of our Solar System The concept of space and astronomical objects other than Earth has been a key interest of mine since I was a young child. It all started when I was five years old and my dream job was to become an astronaut. Going into space always astonished me. Being able to look down from a space station to see the Earth from...
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