Does our Solar System Move

Yes, the Sun – in fact, our whole solar system – orbits around the center of the Milky Way galaxy at an average speed of average velocity of the solar system is 514,495 miles an hour. At that speed, it takes about 230 million years to make one complete orbit around the galaxy. This amount […]

Mice Galaxies – Overview

Located 300 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices, these two colliding galaxies were captured by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 2002. The Mice Galaxies (which are also known as NGC 4676) are a pair of interacting galaxies. The galaxies have been nicknamed “The Mice” because of the long […]

Venus – Overview

Named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus is the Earth’s closest neighbor and the second planet from the Sun at a distance of about 67 million miles. Venus has been observed since the dawn of Mankind. It is the brightest object in the sky except for the Sun and the Moon. The planet itself is […]

There is floating water in space

There is a massive water vapor cloud floating in space so large that it could provide each person on Earth an entire planet’s worth of water—20,000 times over. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world’s ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away. A quasar […]

This is the Coldest Place on Earth

The coldest place on Earth has been measured by satellites and it’s a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau. Temperatures in several hollows have been found to dip to a bone-chilling -133.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The measurements were made between 2003 and 2013 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on board NASA’s Aqua […]

Pluto – Overview

Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld and is on average, more than 3.6 billion miles away from the sun. Pluto is in a region called the Kuiper Belt which contains thousands of small, icy objects like itself. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by an American amateur astronomer, Clay Tombaugh. He predicted a planet beyond Neptune, based […]

Mercury – Overview

Named after the Roman messenger God, Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and the smallest planet in our solar system. Mercury is a rocky planet, also known as a terrestrial planet. Mercury’s surface resembles that of Earth’s moon as it’s covered with impact craters from meteor strikes. Because of its closeness to the […]