Topic: solar system

Friday, September 7, 2012

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system! Not but a little, but by A LOT! This gas giant is a very intense place filled with massive stirrings and swirling layers of gases. This giant also has 64 moons and a giant storm that has been brewing for centuries!

Friday, August 20, 2010

For an incredible 33 years, Voyager 2 has been our eyes of discovery in the outer solar system and beyond. This venerable spacecraft has been in continuous operation more than 12,000 days, sending us compelling photos and information about the gas giants of the solar system: Jupiter, Saturn,...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

At 12:47 pm today, December 21, 2009, winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere. The first day of winter is called the Winter Solstice; likewise, the first day of summer is the Summer Solstice. The word solstice is derived from Latin and means “sun standing still.” On these two days of...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

By David Hagan, Staff Scientist, Physical Sciences   The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is a celebration of the 400th anniversary of astronomy as a modern science. In 1609, while Virginia’s tiny colony at Jamestown was struggling to survive, Galileo began...

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