Let’s Explore The Heliosphere

The Heliosphere protects our solar system. It is produced by the Sun and contains our entire solar system like a warm and cozy blanket. Continue reading Let’s Explore The Heliosphere

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Stephen Hawking

There is nothing left to say… At the age of 76, Stephen Hawking passed away today. The man who was physically bound to his wheelchair because of a neurogenerative disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) explored his intellectual freedom through complex equations and cosmological findings. Hawking redefined cosmology by proposing that black holes emit radiation and later evaporate. He also showed that the universe had a beginning by describing how … Continue reading Stephen Hawking

Stellar Evolution

Stellar evolution has perplexed scientists for years. Stars which are essentially inanimate objects mimic life in the sense that they grow and have phases, as well. Here is a breakdown of that process: Stars form in Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs), which are clouds of dust and gas containing hydrogen and other elements at a meager temperature of 10 K. In these conditions, gravity is opposed … Continue reading Stellar Evolution

Superheroes of Space – Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse, and Super Moon

This week, the Blue Moon and Super Moon are taking place in Asia. Having followed up on the total solar eclipse that took place in America last year, I believe that these events are totally underrated in India. So, here is a post dedicated to the Superheroes of Space – Blue Moon, Super Moon, and a Total Lunar Eclipse! On the last day of this … Continue reading Superheroes of Space – Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse, and Super Moon

Challenges of Travelling to and Living on Mars

Two weeks ago, I attended a talk by the renowned Frank Shu. A University Professor Emeritus of UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, Shu expounded the reasons humans would struggle to colonize Mars. Being an astrophysicist on alternative energies, he also discussed how green technology could aid in space exploration. Shu’s argument revolved around three main points: the psychological and physical impact of space travel on humans and … Continue reading Challenges of Travelling to and Living on Mars

Are Earth and Jupiter similar? Equatorial Jet Streams

There is, after all, a similarity between our planet and the largest one in our solar system: our atmospheres change direction in a specific and accurate interval. To elaborate, the equatorial jet streams comprises of the polar and subtropical jets. The interplay of these two jets is responsible for our weather. The movement and direction of the equatorial jet reverse every 14 months on Earth. This … Continue reading Are Earth and Jupiter similar? Equatorial Jet Streams

A look back at the Total Solar Eclipse

What is the Total Solar Eclipse? A total solar eclipse is when the dark silhouette of the Moon completely covers the intensely bright light of the Sun. During an eclipse, totality occurs at best only in a narrow track on the surface of Earth. What happens during a total solar eclipse? It begins as a partial solar eclipse. 2. Shadows become sharper than normal. 3. The landscape … Continue reading A look back at the Total Solar Eclipse

Super-Earth’s and Life

Last month, I enrolled in an astronomy course to learn more about life in outer space. The course’s name is Super-Earth’s and Life, and it was conducted by the Director of Harvard’s Origins of Life Initiative, Dr. Dimitar Sasselov and Dr. Colin Fredericks. Course content: This course provides an introduction to the field of astrobiology, a multidisciplinary science that inculcates elements of physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, and … Continue reading Super-Earth’s and Life