How do we name our Solar System?

We all remember learning the mnemonic device in elementary school: My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Noodles (or whatever variation you prefer). Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, the eight planets of our solar system. But what do these names actually mean? How do planets and moons and other stuff inContinue reading “How do we name our Solar System?”

The Desert Planet that Requires a Coat

From down here on Earth, it’s easy to imagine Mars like a rocky Sahara Desert: hot, sandy, and relatively calm. You may be right about the sand, but Mars’ weather is nothing like we experience on Earth. Although Mars’ atmosphere is made mostly of carbon dioxide, it is so thin the greenhouse effect on MarsContinue reading “The Desert Planet that Requires a Coat”

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