Stars have fascinated humans for thousands of years. Our nearest star, the sun, is the source of energy for all life on Earth. Stars have inspired music, art, poetry, and scientific investigation. This article explores 10 of the most interesting and fun facts about stars.
Learning how to find the north star amongst the stars and constellations of the solar system and Universe remains surprisingly easy. This helpful guide helps you locate the Great Plough in easy astronomy terms.
The constellation Libra has a mythological history, just like all the constellations that circle the zodiac. Find out about how "scales" relate to Libra and see what stars make up this constellation.
A fascinating look into the lives and deaths of stars, and why iron is the most dangerous element in the universe.
Unlike our zodiac, the Maya described 13 constellations. They had two groups of 13; one of which approximates our zodiac, but with 13 divisions, and 13 clustered around Orion and around Sagittarius - Scorpio. More importantly, they had a "cosmic tree" tied with the milky way.
Astronomy facts about the North Star (Polaris) and the Southern Cross (Crux) for kids. Learn astronomy for elementary age kids.
The Big Dipper is one of the most recognizable asterisms in the sky. Using this asterism as a guide, one can locate nearby stars, galaxies, constellations and even be useful when in the outdoors
Most people know of 12 constellations that make up the ecliptic zodiac. Bu, there are two more that are often left out. Ophiuchus is one of them and is located near Scorpio and Sagittarius. The other is Orion that almost intersects the ecliptic at the border of Taurus and Gemini.
Pollux and Castor are the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini. They have quite the mythological history. Pollux was immortal and Castor was not. Read to find out how they ended up in the sky!
Not a frequently talked about subject in popular science, these objects may offer more to our knowledge of the universe than initially thought.