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The Strange Case Of The Pushy Void

The Strange Case Of The Pushy Void By Judith E Braffman-Miller Billions upon billions of galaxies, blazing with the furious, brilliant fires of a host of dazzling stars, trace out the heavy and gigantic filaments of the Great Cosmic Web–a structure that would otherwise be invisible to our eyes, were it not for these sparkling and revealing flecks of starlight….

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Cosmic Lenses Shed Strange New Light On The Universe’s Mysteries

Cosmic Lenses Shed Strange New Light On The Universe’s Mysteries By Judith E Braffman-Miller When we observe the sky at night, we peer up at a sea of incredible blackness, swimming with a myriad of dazzling dabs of distant starlight. Much more is unknown about the Universe than is known–and, it has been said, the Universe is not only weirder…

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Ancient Mars Warmed By Bursts Of Methane

Ancient Mars Warmed By Bursts Of Methane By Judith E Braffman-Miller We are a curious species–seduced by the unknown, and fascinated by strange journeys of exploration into the most secretive and shadowy corners of the Universe. Mysteries sing the song of the sirens to us, seducing us and enchanting us with whatever wonders there may be lurking just beyond the…

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A Star That Doesn’t Look Its Age

A Star That Doesn’t Look Its Age By Judith E Braffman-Miller Stars are a lot like people–they are born, they live, they grow old, and then they die. The ancient birth of the first stars to blast our Universe with their raging fires and brilliant light is swathed in mesmerizing mystery. The first stars are thought to have ignited a…

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Our Galaxy’s Stolen Stars

Our Galaxy’s Stolen Stars By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our star-blazing, spiral Milky Way Galaxy spins majestically like a giant pin-wheel swirling in space. A very ancient structure, our Galaxy is thought to have started out as either one or several small over-dense regions in the mass distribution of the baby Universe, soon after its inflationary Big Bang birth almost 14…

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The Many Moons Of Ancient Earth

The Many Moons Of Ancient Earth By Judith E Braffman-Miller Since ancient times, our bewitching, bewildering, and beautiful Moon has been the enchanting source of wild, weird, and wonderful myths and tales–as well as an inspiration for poetry, a fanciful source of madness, and a symbol for romantic love. Nevertheless, Earth’s Moon is a very real nearby world–the largest object…

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Oddball Pulsars: First They Appear And Then They’re Gone

Oddball Pulsars: First They Appear And Then They’re Gone By Judith E Braffman-Miller Pulsars are rapidly rotating baby neutron stars that are born from the funeral pyre of a massive progenitor star that has ended its stellar “life” in the violent, tragic tantrum of a supernova explosion. This final blaze of glory blasted the glowing, shimmering, varicolored outer gaseous layers…

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The Stellar Baby Boom

The Stellar Baby Boom By Judith E Braffman-Miller Sparkling in a wild, frenzied, and joyful dance throughout the vast and mysterious expanse of Space and Time, the stars that we see shining and shimmering in our dark clear sky at night were all mostly born in an explosive stellar “baby boom” that occurred about 10 billion years ago. Galaxies, like…

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Our Solar System – The Planets

Our Solar System – The Planets By Satvik Mittal In our solar system, we have 8 planets. These planets revolve around the Sun and each planet has its own orbit. According to most of the astronomers, our solar system has two parts: the inner solar system and the outer solar system. In the former, there are 4 planets namely Mercury,…

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Betelgeuse Is Spinning As Fast As It Can

  Betelgeuse Is Spinning As Fast As It Can By Judith E Braffman-Miller Poised brilliantly on the shoulder of Orion The Hunter, the red supergiant, superstar Betelgeuse sparkles ominously, mysteriously in the sky–silently keeping to itself a well-cloaked secret about its own impending, explosive demise. The ninth brightest star in the night sky, as well as the second-brightest star in…

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