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Orbital and rotational characteristics of our planet Earth
Category: Earth
Our planet Earth rotates around its axis from west to east. An axis is an imaginary line that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole. If you look on the Earth from the northern hemisphere, it rotates counter clockwise. One complete rotation around its own axis relative to the Sun is calle
Article by: Viliam Oružinský, Andrej Fašung | 2018 February 01 | 5861 views
Soon we can have nine names of planets
Category: Discoveries
In a not so far past there were nine planet names reconized in astronomy in our Solar System. During the 26th General Assembly of International Astronomical Union, the term „planet“ has been fomally defined in the 2006. This very definition caused the reclassification of Pluto from a classical
Article by: Viliam Oružinský, Andrej Fašung | 2018 February 01 | 953 views
What is astronomy?
Category: Basics
Celestial objects have excited human curiosity ever since they have been spotted in the night sky. The desire to know more drove humans to study in more detail the objects that we know as planets, stars, moons, galaxies, comets and phenomena. Thus the natural sciense Astronomy has been born.
Article by: Viliam Oružinský, Andrej Fašung | 2018 February 01 | 3601 views
Space missions to the second largest planet in our Solar System
Category: Planets, Moons and Dwarfs
Since ancient times the planet Saturn was among seven celestial bodies, along with Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the Moon and the Sun, that were visible in the night sky. Saturn is the second largest planet in our Solar System and because of its rings, it is considered to be one of the most beautif
Article by: Viliam Oružinský, Andrej Fašung | 2018 February 01 | 1147 views
The universe is full of diverse planets
Category: Cosmology
Our general knowledge of the nature of complex processes leading to creation of planets is based mainly on a study of planetary systems within our Solar System. Astronomers were studying the nature of eight classic planets, asteroids, minor or dwarf planets over several centuries. However an informa
Article by: Viliam Oružinský, Andrej Fašung | 2018 February 01 | 985 views
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