If my short study of Astronomy has taught one thing, it is how influential Astronomy has been on our way of thinking as a species. This influence can be seen in ancient times, when civilizations such as in Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Egypt, China, India, and Greece placed Astronomy and Astrology at the centers of their ideology, […]Read More Astronomy’s Lasting Influence on Human Thought
The Fermi Paradox is a fundamental piece of where human civilization currently stands concerning the question of life on other planets: if the probability of life in the universe is so high, why have we not interacted with this life before? One of the answers to this is question is simple: life from other worlds […]Read More Did the U.S. Navy detect Alien Aircraft?
With Pluto’s demotion to a “dwarf planet,” the solar system was left with 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. It now seems that the number 8 may not survive for long, as researchers are now searching for a 9th planet that they think exists in the far-away outer solar system. […]Read More Planet X: The Real 9th Planet?
Most of us have heard of Pluto’s downgrade from the category of planet to “dwarf planet,” but it is less well-known why it was demoted. One of the main reasons had nothing to do with size and everything to do with Pluto’s strange orbit. Instead of orbiting with the sun roughly at the center of […]Read More Pluto: the Eccentric “Planet”
Today we hear about climate change pretty often. Whether it’s politicians debating on policy or the “please recycle” signs on the backs of plastic products, the reality of pollution and the other bad ways humans have influenced the environment is hard to ignore. CO2 emissions and the greenhouse effect are common themes in this topic, […]Read More Climate Change from the Perspective of Astronomy: Venus and the Earth
Understanding the heavens has proven confusing for countless generations of humans in part because of the illusions caused by our perspective from earth. For millennia, the majority opinion was a geocentric universe, where the sun, moon, planets, and stars revolved around the earth, since they all seemed to do so from the earth’s perspective. All […]Read More Retrograde Motion: Illusions and Jinxes
If you look up your horoscope in the daily paper, you’ll find that predictions are made based on the sun signs. One of the many things these horoscopes miss is the powerful astrological influence of the moon, which in some cases is stronger than that of the sun. It’s not just pop culture astrology that […]Read More The Influences of the Moon in Astronomy and Astrology
Few individuals hold such prominence in historical Astronomy as Nicolaus Copernicus, the father of the so-called Copernican Revolution. He lived from 1473 to 1543 and started the shift which led to the jettisoning of the geocentric model of the solar system in favor of the (correct) heliocentric model. Copernicus thus followed in the footsteps of the […]Read More A Short Reflection on Nicolaus Copernicus and some Events during his Life
As the modern individual is likely well aware, the earth rotates in two very fundamental ways which affect our daily lives: it rotates every day and orbits the sun every year, forming these important means by which we keep track of time. However, one of the most interesting and confusing ways that the earth rotates […]Read More Axial Precession and its Affects on Astrology
This is Uranus, my favorite planet and the “ruler” of my astrological sign, Aquarius! Uranus is the 6th planet from the sun and one of the largest of our solar system, a cold, icy planet with peculiar rings that ushers the observer away from the inner planets into the farther regions of the solar system. […]Read More Uranus: The Distant Ruler of Aquarius