3D animation rocket

A rocket launch is the takeoff phase of the flight of a rocket. Launches for orbital spaceflights, or launches into interplanetary space, are usually from a fixed location on the ground, but may also be from a floating platform or from an aeroplane. Rockets are used to launch satellites and Space Shuttles into space. Their…

Why Is Pluto not a Planet Any More?

Pluto, named after the God of the Underworld, is suddenly not a planet anymore. In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) demoted the much-loved Pluto from its position as the ninth planet from the Sun to one of five “dwarf planets.” Pluto is now classified as a dwarf planet because, while it is large enough to have become spherical, it…

Mega Dust Storms – MARS

A massive dust storm on Mars has sidelined NASA’s Opportunity Rover, stalling the robot’s science work as it waits out the still-growing tempest. Mars is famous for its large, planet-wide dust storms. Mars has an atmosphere which is much thinner than the atmosphere on Earth, but which still creates winds. When these winds pick up…

What is a supermoon?

What is a supermoon? And why do we only see one or two a year? A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from…