Millions of newborn stars discovered


“My God, it’s full of stars!” Fans of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic science fiction novel 2001 A Space Odyssey might recognize these as the words of astronaut David Bowman, awestruck by revelations of the deep mysteries of space. A team of astronomers from Tel Aviv University and UCLA discovered more than a million newborn stars […]

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Scarab (Dung) Beetles Navigate by the Stars


Scarab beetles were sacred to the ancient Egyptians. These insects rolled balls of dung across the earth just as the sun god Ra rolled across the sky. Scarabs were seen as earthly manifestations of heavenly movement. A team of scientists from South Africa and Sweden recently published a study indicating that there was a grain of […]

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A Planetary Conjunction With Giza’s Pyramids


A beautiful image is making the rounds on social networks and news websites.  It shows three bright planets, Mercury, Venus and Saturn with each poised directly over one of the three pyramids at Giza Egypt.  According to the story, this conjunction will occur on December 3, 2012 for the first time in  2737 years. Skeptics […]

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7 “Supermoon” Images From Around the World


The full “supermoon” peers out from behind the US Capitol building in Washington DC; taken by @quinalty. People around the world flocked to catch a glimpse of the spectacular “supermoon” that lit up the night sky on Saturday. At roughly 11.34 pm EDT on 5 May, 2012 the moon passed its perigree – the closest point to […]

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