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The Name for the Dwarf Planet Pluto was Suggested by an 11 Year Old Girl

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Today I found out the name for the dwarf planet Pluto was suggested by an 11 year old girl. The girl was Venetia Burney of Oxford, England.  Venetia’s great uncle, Science Master of Eton Henry Madan, in 1877 suggested the name for the two dwarf moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos (fear/panic and dread/terror).  This was referencing the fact that […]

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Sirius-A is the Brightest Extrasolar Star Visible to the Naked Eye from Earth

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Sirius-A is the brightest extrasolar star visible to the naked eye from Earth, being almost twice as bright as the second brightest, Canopus.  Sirius-A and Sirius-B combine to form a binary system and appear as one star to the naked eye, though the vast majority of luminosity to the naked eye comes from Sirius-A, Sirius-B being a white dwarf which […]

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The Sun Won’t Go Supernova

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##EMBED## Click Here for Sources and to Learn More Interesting Astronomy Facts Text Version: The Sun does not have enough mass to go supernova and explode.  However, in about 5 billion years it will enter a red giant phase steadily expanding until it consumes the Earth.  But fear not, the Earth will already be dead in about 1 billion years […]

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The Actual Odds of Successfully Navigating an Asteroid Field

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##EMBED## Click Here for Sources and to Learn More Interesting Asteroid Facts Text Version The odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field isn’t “approximately 3,720 to 1!”  The actual odds would entirely depend on what asteroid field you were talking about and a variety of other factors.  But for reference, NASA estimates the odds of one of their probes traveling […]

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