May 2014 archive

Five Facts about Jupiter

Jupiter is the easiest solar system plant to see with the naked eye or binoculars. Here are five fascinating facts about Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It’s diameter at the equator is 142,984 km which is 11.2 times bigger than the Earth. That is huge! Jupiter is the most massive …

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What did the Sun ever do for us?

The Sun. That great big ball of fire in the sky. But what did it ever do for us? At the simplest level the Sun gives us light and warmth. As humans this is what we need to survive. It provides us with day and night as it lights up the day side of the …

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What is nuclear fusion?

Nuclear fusion is what powers the Sun and gives us the light and warmth to live, but what is it really? Fusion is literally the process of join two things together to make them one, that is to fuse them. An everyday process that you may region use that is similar is welding where two …

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Five facts about the Sun

The Sun. Never look directly at the Sun through anything, ever.

Here are five surprising facts about our Sun. As they are facts they are all true. 1) The Sun makes up 99% of the mass of our solar system. Yes, that’s right 99%. If you added all the other planets and moons, comets and asteroids together you would make up the other 1%. The Sun’s …

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About the Tall Astronomer

My name is Chris Hall and I am the Tall Astronomer. Well, that is what I would like to be. Currently I am a project manager for the civil service but one of my big interests is Astronomy. I am fascinated by the sheer size, scale and raft of different things that are present in …

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