Astronomy Jargon 101: Aurorae

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll ooh and ahh over today’s topic: aurorae! The aurorae are also known as the northern and southern lights. They appear in the sky at extreme latitudes, and they are caused by charged particles from the Sun slamming into our atmosphere. Our …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Black Holes

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll never want to stop learning about today’s topic: black holes! Ah, black holes. Basically the worst things in the universe. Nobody likes them. Nobody wants to be them. Nobody even wants to get close to them. If it weren’t for black …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Bolide

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll be struck by today’s topic: bolide! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…bolide? The word “bolide” has two main definitions, and even then it’s never used in a consistent way. The International Astronomical Union, for example, hasn’t established a definition …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Celestial Sphere

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll see from one side to the other of today’s topic: the celestial sphere! We live on the surface of the Earth, which is a globe. To help us orient ourselves and navigate around, we draw pretend lines on the globe. The …
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