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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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Can Sacramento California’s Levees Survive A Robust Pine Apple Express Atmospheric River?

Can Sacramento California’s Levees Survive A Robust Pine Apple Express Atmospheric River? By Lance Winslow In watching the huge amount of precipitation that will deluge Northern California just after the first week of 2017 our Think Tank dared to ask the question no one wants to talk about; are the Sacramento Levees safe? It turns out that Arnold Schwarzenegger as…

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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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Space Station Crew Members Discuss Upcoming Spacewalks and Life in Space

NASA Jan 3, 2017 Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA discussed upcoming spacewalk activity associated with the replacement of batteries on the station’s truss and other aspects of life and research on the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews Jan. 3 with the Associated Press and the…

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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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