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Astronomers Wife – Just a Simple Complex Tale

- Astronomers Wife – Just a Simple Complex Tale      Kay Boyle's literary piece titled "Astronomers Wife", is a mental exercise. Every word and every line has an important meaning to it. Interpretation is a critical skill in understanding everything Boyle's story has to offer. Although this piece has a lot of sophistication to it, the story line is rather simple. The time period is the early 1900's and the story is regarding a rather young husband and a wife, in there late twenties to mid thirties....   [tags: Astronomers Wife Essays]

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Analysis of The Astronomers Wife by Kay Boyle

- Analysis of The Astronomer's Wife by Kay Boyle In the "Astronomer's Wife" by Kay Boyle, something as simple as a conversation with a plumber about a stopped elbow is enough to trigger an awakening in Mrs. Katherine Ames. When Mrs. Ames realized that the plumber was talking about something she understood (the stopped elbow), she realized that her marital problems were not the result of a division betwwen the sexes; instead, she realized that some men, like the plumber, are as practical as she is, and that some other men, like her husband, scorn people like her because they are intellectually inclined....   [tags: Astronomers Wife Kay Boyle Essays Papers]

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Astronomers and Astrophysicists vs. Historians and Archaeologists

- The origin of the universe can be explained by modern astronomers and astrophysicists. While the origination of humankind, on the other hand, can be explained by historians and archaeologists. Before science was used to explain the way of the world, however, mythology was the approach to explain the obscure beginnings of the world. Mythology, as defined by the dictionary, is myths dealing with gods, demigods, divine beings and legendary heros of a particular people, eclectic tales that have been passed down over generations....   [tags: myths, phenomena, sacrifice ]

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Astronomers Analyze Electromagneti Emissions of Stars and Constellations

- ... Stars are born, evolve, and after millions or billions of years they die. Stars are formed in vast interstellar molecular clouds when gravity overpowers heat, which leads to disequilibrium in the cloud and causes contraction. Contraction and gravitational instability in the cloud lead to fragmentation that can lead to the formation of many stars. The fragmentation process takes several million years. Star formation occurs in stages beginning with the interstellar cloud, and then fragmentation, when fragmentation stops a protostar begins to form....   [tags: light, hydrogen, temperature]

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The Work and Contributions of Christoph Scheiner

- Christoph Scheiner was born in, Wald, Swabia, on July 25, 1573. He grew into his youth around the same time as the religious Society of Jesus (Jesuits) became popularized. The Jesuits were an offshoot off traditional Catholicism, whereby the values enacted by Jesuits directly reflected the principals held by the Catholic Church. Some claim the formation of the Jesuits was a retaliatory Counter Reformation of its own, and was enacted in an effort to combat the Protestant Reformation, which had swept across Europe during the first half of the same century (O’Malley, 43)....   [tags: Astronomers]

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Comparing Stories: The Astronomers Wife & The Chrysanthemums

- Recently, I saw a movie about female tennis champion – Billie Jean King, and although I have never been into the feminism (neither can I say that I quite understand it), her character woke up some other kind of sensitivity in me. After this – to me significant change – I could not help myself not to notice different approaches of John Steinbeck and Kay Boyle to the similar thematic. They both deal with marital relationships and it was quite interesting to view lives of ordinary married couples through both “male” and “female eyes”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Johannes Kepler

- Johannes Kepler was a German astronomer and mathematician who lived between 1671-1630. Kepler was a Copernican and initially believed that planets should follow perfectly circular orbits (“Johan Kepler” 1). During this time period, Ptolemy’s geocentric theory of the solar system was accepted. Ptolemy’s theory stated that Earth is at the center of the universe and stationary; closest to Earth is the Moon, and beyond it, expanding towards the outside, are Mercury, Venus, and the Sun in a straight line, followed by Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the “fixed stars”....   [tags: Astronomers]

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The Study of Comets and Asteroids

- ... Astronomers categorize comets into two groups. Short and long period comets due to the time they take to orbit the sun. Short period comets take less than two hundred years while long period comets take two hundred or more years. Astronomers doubt that short-period comets come from the Kuiper belt which is basically a band of objects close to Pluto’s orbit. They believe that the gravitational pull of the planets can cause an object to be dislodged into the Solar system and turn into comets....   [tags: gas, energy, sun, astronomers]

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The Demotion of Pluto from Planetary Status

- The Demotion of Pluto from Planetary Status “Pluto has been voted off the island” (Inman). In August of 2006 the celestial body was officially retitled a dwarf planet. The media’s portrayal of the demotion of Pluto began in 2006 and covered a broad variety of topics including the official ruling in Prague, the public’s reception of the decision, a book written by a scientist claiming sole responsibility for the demotion, and finally NASA’s most recent statement in 2012 regarding the dwarf planet....   [tags: astronomers, plutoid, guidelines]

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Discovery of the Expansion of the Universe

- For thousands of years it was believed that our Universe was finite. In 1920, The Great Debate, also called the Shapley-Curtis Debate happened in Washington where Shapley argued that our Milky Way was the only galaxy in the Universe and Curtis argued that there were many other galaxies in the Universe but none of the opponents had any concrete evidence to prove their respective theories. However, in 1929 Edwin Hubble provided observational evidence from which he concluded that there was millions of galaxies in the Universe beside our Milky Way Galaxy....   [tags: galaxies, astronomers, moving]

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Space: Intriguing and Beneficial

- Have you ever seen a cartoon or show on TV about space and thought, “That is foolish”. The human imagination of space exploration is intriguing. Some may use that silly cartoon as inspiration and pursue a career involving space. Once the imagination is put into action, many beneficial products and technologies can and have come into existence that will and have change how we live and see space. To some, space exploration is inconsequential as if it will lead nowhere in life. However, space exploration is beneficial for its technological advances due to the imagination sparked from it, the desire for more knowledge about it and the pursuit of space exploration in itself....   [tags: exploration, astronomers, scientist]

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Women's Liberation Movement as Seen In Shiloh and The Astronomers Wife

- The days of the barefoot woman forced to stay in the kitchen and bedroom are over. Women’s liberation has gained voice in the last century and has emancipated many women, bringing them into the realization that they are not subservient to men. As this thought process becomes more widely spread, more and more women are seeing the truth of it. In the short stories Shiloh and The Astronomer’s Wife this theme of realization and liberation is dominant. In the story Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason we are introduced to Norma Jean....   [tags: essays research papers]

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THE BEGINNING OF ASTRONOMY

- Early races believed that the earth was flat and stationary, with the sky rotating round it once a day. The early races also believed things that sound weird to us today like the Vedic priests of India believed that the earth was supported upon 12 massive pillars and during the hours of darkness the sun travelled between these pillars without hitting them. The Hindu theory sounds even more peculiar as they believed that earth stood on the back of four elephants, which in turn the elephants stood on the shell of a gigantic tortoise, the tortoise however was supported upon a serpent floating in a limitless sea....   [tags: First astronomers]

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Demotion of Pluto

- The controversy of Pluto can be observed from two different perspectives, the scientific way and from the eyes of the public audience. Towards scientists despite that the solar system is exactly the same as it was in 2006, the demotion of Pluto resulted into a less vague definition of the word "Planet" and lead to a step forward in the life of science and technology. Although Pluto has many characteristics that make up a planet, it did not meet the requirements of the new definition of the word "Planet" that was proposed by the IAU....   [tags: orbits, planet, astronomers]

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Native American Astronomy

- Native American Astronomy For many years astronomers and people alike have constantly heard about the observations and records of the Chinese and Europeans. No other culture can provide as much information as that gathered by the Chinese and Europeans, but there are many other cultures that observed and recorded the night sky, one of those being the Native Americans. During the last fifteen to twenty years archaeoastronomers have uncovered much concerning the beliefs and records of Native Americans....   [tags: Astronomy Seasons Astronomers Essays]

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Myth of Hades and Persephone Hook

- Exactly, how were the seasons created. Throughout the new discoveries of astronomy, scientists have led to the conclusion that different seasons were due to the Earth’s orbit and rotation around the Sun, but according to Greek Mythology, the establishment of the seasons had nothing to do with the relationship between the planets, in fact, it really actually just started from a bitter quarrel between two immortals that both wanted to posses a lovely goddess... I. Persephone-also known as Proserpina in Rome(1, 2, 6, 7, 8 ) A....   [tags: astronomers, seasons, persephone]

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Galileo Galilei Renaissance Astronomer?

- The renaissance was a time in our history where many new discoveries and ideas emerged. It is said that the renaissance took place in the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy and parts of Europe. This period of time was an important time for human intellectual development and was essential in shaping our world, as we know it today. The renaissance was triggered in most part by two connected events one being the fall of Constantinople and the surge of ancient text available to scholars in Europe. These two triggers allowed many scholars to gain knowledge from ancient texts that they would of never had any access to....   [tags: Biography]

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Tools of the Astronomer

- The Telescope of the Astronomer Years and Years ago, astronomers didn't have the advantage of the telescope. They could only use their naked eye. It wasn't until Galileo first made a better telescope that it could be used for looking into space. Most every telescope you buy today is better than the one he used. These telescopes have revolutionized astronomy in general. When Galileo first took his telescope and looked at the sky he saw amazing things. He saw craters on the Moon, dark spots on the surface of the Sun, tiny moons moving around Jupiter....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Biography of Astronomer, Vera Cooper Rubin

- ... She has been a part of many scientific organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Philosophical Society, International Astronomical Union, National Academy of Sciences, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. She is the author to several books and over 200 articles about galaxies and their motions.3 Famous For- She is most notable for providing a great deal of compelling evidence, alongside Dr. Kent Ford, that proved Fritz Zwicky’s Theory of the existence of Dark Matter.2 Zwicky stated that individual galaxies within the Coma Cluster were moving so fast that if they were only held by the gravity of its visibl...   [tags: galaxy, gravity, science]

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Ptolemy of Alexandria, the Influential Astronomer

- Ptolemy of Alexandria, the Influential Astronomer Ptolemy of Alexandria was the most influential astronomer of the ancient world. The books and theories Ptolemy developed served as a major basis for future astronomers. It was during the Renaissance period that his work became thoroughly studied and revised. Ptolemy collected all ancient knowledge of astronomy and geography including it in his book Almagest around 140 A.D. It follows, he then wrote a four volume astrological study known as the Tretrabiblos....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Reshaping Our Conception of the Amateur Astronomer

- Reshaping Our Conception of the Amateur Astronomer Until recently, if you had asked me to describe what I would have envisioned an astronomer to look like, I probably would have given you two alternate pictures; the first would be the academic or professional astronomer-aided by grants, funding agencies, university budgets, and access to the latest technology in the field. The other astronomer, then, would be the "amateur" astronomer: the wide-eyed observer whose sole passion in life is to design, build, and use telescopes of their own creation....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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The Small but Vast Field of Astronomy

- Astronomy is a field where one looks into the great expanse of space and tries to find something that will bring the world a little closer to fully understanding the universe. The road to becoming an astronomer is not easy, as one must get an excellent education, hope that there are actual job openings, and then obtain a steady position. In order to be an astronomer, it is required to have a doctorate’s degree in either astronomy or physics (“Physicists and Astronomers”). After finishing their studies, an astronomer can really only hope to be lucky and secure a position working for the government, a university, or a college (“Astronomer Job Description”)....   [tags: astronomy, universe, astronomer]

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Compare and Contrast - Story of an Hour and Astronomer's Wife

- Compare and Contrast Story of an Hour and Astronomer's Wife It is a very difficult task for women to live a content life while in a despondent marriage. Though it has been done, it is simply no easy task. In the short stories "Story of an hour", and "Astronomers Wife" Kate Chopin and Kay Boyle both suggests to their readers that a woman needs a man to connect with her physically to be happy. The two stories both share the thesis that women are being held back by their husbands and there is plenty of evidence to prove this....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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The Beauty of Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

- The Beauty of Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer My father is an amateur astronomer. It is his passion, after he comes home from work at the office, to wait outside in the fields surrounding our house with his 10" LX200 F6.3 telescope until all hours of the morning, waiting for the perfect shot of galaxies like NGC 7479 or M16. The next evening at dinner, despite being awake for over thirty hours, he speaks non-stop about how he finally got the perfect shot after five hours of painstaking positioning, how the galaxy, the nebula, the distant moon or dying star existed, or how it was turning back into scattered atoms leaving only a purplish ring of dust to prove it was ev...   [tags: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer Essays]

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Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

- Beauty is always in nature. It is express in many ways. In the poem “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman express the beauty in the stars. Just looking up in space gave him peace. Walt writes about the fascination of the stars. How the night sky can transform a situation. He writes experiencing this phenomenon first hand is better than having it told. In most cases, the real is better than the copy. The beauty of the experience is needed, and to see the real thing than what is told....   [tags: the expressive nature]

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Analysis of Gerrit Dou's Painting, Astronomer by Candlelight

- Analysis of Gerrit Dou's Painting, Astronomer by Candlelight Surprisingly small compared to other works, “Astronomer by Candlelight” by Gerrit Dou could be easily overlooked by a casual stroller. However, as I approached it to have a closer look, other paintings quickly lost interest for me. The closer I got, the more detail appeared; the scene came alive with the play of light and dark. The astronomer, eternally still, pulsed with life, pondering over his books. Within a foot of the painting I began to feel as though I was looking through a keyhole into his study....   [tags: Arts]

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Misconception of Women's Role in Relationships

- Every person is entitled to his or her own personal ways of life to become his or her own individual. However, some people have unbalanced roles in life between themselves and their couple. The women in the relationship tend to be the persons who get manipulated into just providing and satisfying their significant other’s needs. This ongoing unbalance between the sexes, has been happening since forever and women feel secure when being together with a man. Mrs. Ames from Astronomer’s wife and Jig from Hills like White Elephants are both women who have depended on a man for secureness but with ambiguous communication, these women are finding affection elsewhere....   [tags: astronomer's wife,partnership, discrimination]

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A Man's Early Developed Love for Science: Johannes Kepler

- Johannes Kepler is a famous mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer of the Scientific Revolution during the seventeenth century. Kepler has made some very important contribution to the fields of astronomy and mathematics. Without him we might not have made some discoveries until much later. He is one of the most important scientists of the Scientific Revolution. Johannes Kepler made some important contributions to astronomy and had some incredible works and accomplishments all due to his early developed love for science....   [tags: famous mathematician, astronomer and astrologer]

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The Life of Nicolaus Copernicus

- ... This left him and his three siblings in the protection of their uncle, Lucas Watzenrode. Watzenrode was a successful cleric, who was to become a bishop. He took great care of Copernicus by educating him and facilitating his advancement in church. Nicolaus Copernicus had trouble obtaining a degree and deciding what to study. He enrolled in the University of Cracow in 1491. There is no record of him earning his degree, but this was relatively normal because he did not need it for his clerical career, or to study for a higher degree....   [tags: astronomer, heliocentric theory ]

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Early Life of Nicolaus Copernicus

- ... He went to college at a college called University of Cracow. where he studied Latin, mathematics, geography, philosophy, and Astronomy, but not the type of astronomy that you would think, it wasn’t really a scientific class in the modern sense. They were mathematics courses that taught Aristotle’s and Ptolemy’s view of the universe so that students, and were also to calculate dates of holy days, and also courses for navigating the stars at sea. In his “Astronomy “ class, they also taught what today we call Astrology....   [tags: astronomer, bologna, catholic church]

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Walt Whitman 's Poem From Song Of Myself And When I Heard The Learn 'd Astronomer

- Walt Whitman’s Understanding of Himself and his Philosophy About Life in “from Song of Myself” and “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” The poems “from Song of Myself” and “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” written by Walt Whitman demonstrate the poet’s understanding of himself and his philosophy regarding life. Through these poems, Whitman is able to express his beliefs and values. When he was a young man, Whitman became involved with the Democratic Party. In both of these poems, we are able to distinguish his strong association to this....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Poetry, Leaves of Grass]

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Absence of True Love in Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper and Boyle's Astronomer's Wife

- Absence of True Love in Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper and Boyle's Astronomer's Wife Most people in today's society have been in love or will be in love sometime in their life. I am not talking about little crushes that we call love; I am talking about that love that makes us tingle when we think about it, true love. Most people are looking for their true love, but what they are basing this love on is their idea of the ideal love. Ideal love is what we think love should be or what it should feel like....   [tags: Yellow Wallpaper essays]

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Organizational Learning Program

- Mooncore Telescopes (a fictional company) manufacturers telescopes for the amateur astronomer. The company wanted to improve organization effectiveness by creating the next generation telescope that could fit the needs of the amateur and professional astronomer alike. The goal was to use the latest technology available to create a telescope with an unimaginable viewing of space. In order motivate employees and get in harmony with the vision the company decided to use a strategy called “stretch goals.” Stretch goals involve going far beyond the current levels being achieved, to the point that employees lack a clear understanding of how to reach the goal....   [tags: Business, strech goals, amateur astronomer]

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Quest for Love in Astronomer's Wife, The Life You Save, and When I consider how my light is spent

- Every human being is entitled to his or her own personal way of life, making that person his or her own individual. The idea of an unbalanced role in life between the sexes is ongoing, and is beautifully described in Kay Boyle's short story, "The Astronomer's Wife." It is here where the author states, in order "to survive women cling to the floating debris on the tide" (59). No longer would the astronomer's wife need to hold on to something to survive, for she has found her identity because of the plumber's clarity and truthfulness, something she has been denied by the astronomer....   [tags: Comparison Compare contrast Essays]

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Epiphany in Astronomer’s Wife, When I consider how my light is spent and Everything That Rises Must

- Epiphany in Astronomer’s Wife, When I consider how my light is spent and Everything That Rises Must Converge The short story, “Astronomer’s Wife,” by Kay Boyle is one of perseverance and change. Mrs. Ames, because of neglect from her husband, becomes an emotionless and almost childlike woman. As a result, Mrs. Ames, much like John Milton in his poem, “When I consider how my light is spent” (974), is in darkness, unaware of the reality and truth of the outside world. However, the plumber who is trying to repair leaking pipes in her house, starts by repairing the leaking pipes in her heart....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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When I heard the Learnd Astronomer

- Upon rare occasion, my freshman brother actually decided to pull his nose out of his lousy video game, and join me upon reading this poem. Actually, I should say that I forced him to do this, because he needed to analyze a poem for his own English class, and the music coming from the television was beyond annoying. Anyway, my brother’s reaction to the poem was something along the lines of “So this guy is basically saying that science, by measuring and investigating nature, somehow detracts from its beauty”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dark Matter and Dark Energy

- ... The galaxies we observe today would fly apart because they wouldn't have enough matter to create a strong enough gravity to hold themselves together. Dark matter is also responsible for amplifying small fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background back in the early universe to create the large scale structure we observe in the universe today. Astronomers are still in the hunt of the Dark energy and dark matter but they haven’t found none. They are undetectable which makes it very hard for them to see or convince others to believe in their existence....   [tags: armillary, mysteries, exist, universe, force]

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The Science Of Astronomy : The Discovery Of Asteroids

- Astronomy is the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space and the physical universe as a whole. In fact many different intelligent astronomers have contributed to the way society looks at diverse objects in the sky and here on earth today. Astronomers are scientists who concentrate their studies on specific questions or fields outside of earth. Examples of the topics or fields astronomers focus on are planetary science, solar, evolution of stars, and formation of the galaxies. These different fields and topics astronomers’ study have allowed more knowledge and facts for society....   [tags: Planet, Solar System, Asteroid, Asteroid belt]

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Unproven vs Proven Ideological in Relation to the Cosmos

- In the world today, there is a huge battle emerging whenever professional astrologers of the tropical and sidereal gather together. This appears to happen due to viewpoints based on the unproven vs. proven ideological in relation to the cosmos. The primary focus of this comparison and contrast will review both with a secondary cruise into the neglected and provisionary keys that affect the awareness herein. It’s time we move along in the stream of thoughts moving into the river of knowledge that carries humanity onto the oceans of quality life....   [tags: sidereal zodiac,tropical practitioners,astrologers]

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Methods and Latest Progress on Planet Detections

- When we look up into the night sky, we as humans are amazed by the vast unknown of the Universe. We can see thousands of glowing stars and other objects, but there are billions more that we cannot see. Many might wonder, with billions of stars and planets, are we the only living beings in this Universe. Along with many other questions. These answers do not come that easy. The only way for our questions to be answered is to allow astronomers and planet hunters to do their jobs. The processes and research that they use to find new planets and study ones that have already been found is very complex....   [tags: astronomy, extrasolar planets]

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Spectroscopy: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

- Throughout history humanity has been fascinated by the existence of extraterrestrial life. Today such ventures are in the development process and the discovery of life beyond our solar system, no matter how primitive, may soon become a huge(important?) scientific breakthrough. The three basic things that are required to consider a place even remotely habitable are water, a source of energy, and organic materials. Habitability also depends on other factors that must also be taken into consideration such as how close the planet is to its star (in the case of our solar system, the sun), how long the water and organic materials existed there, and the size and mass of the planet....   [tags: Astronomy Essays]

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The Invention Of The First Telescope

- Space: up until a few centuries ago astronomers knew little about the universe outside of our planet. But now, with vastly improved technology, astronomers are able to uncover so much more about what lies outside of Earth. While today’s observational technology is greatly superior to that of the past, we can’t disregard the accomplishments of astronomers in the past, because without their work our knowledge of space would far less than it is today. From Galileo’s first telescope to the Webb space telescope that has yet to be launched, there are so many observational technologies that made important contributions to the observation and exploration of space....   [tags: Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomy]

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Nonexistent Planet X

- Beyond Uranus and Neptune deep in the outskirts of the Solar System lies an unknown large object. Irregularities have been occurring between the two blue-sister gas giants and that may be known as Planet X. A satellite-telescope has been launched last week to detect the heat from where this unknown gravitational pull is coming from. Including the Pioneer spacecrafts that are about to pass the orbit of Pluto. For the next six or seven months the satellite-telescope that was launched last week will detect infrared, that is invisible to the human eye, and will take a wide-range survey of the sky....   [tags: telescope, satellite, infrared, survey]

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Copernicus’ Action Packed Life Revealed in Copernicus’ Secret by Jack Repcheck

- Copernicus’ Secret is a biography of an astronomer and a cleric who established that the earth was never the center of the cosmos. The author, Jack Repcheck, explores the action-packed last 12 years of Copernicus’s life that altered the track of western history. The main aim of the author is to give a precise in-depth human explanation of the events that led to the scientific revolution. He also tries to bring this scientific genius to life in a manner, which has never been achieved in the past....   [tags: science, cosmology, planets]

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Demotion of Pluto: Dwarf Planet

- From the time Clyde W. Tombaugh first discovered Pluto in 1930, it was viewed as an oddball planet leading up to its reclassification in 2006. For decades, Pluto was once used as a benchmark for the outer reach and size of our solar system. In recent years, new discoveries of celestial bodies within the vicinity of Pluto’s orbit have challenged its planetary status. The debate over Pluto’s classification was discussed throughout several media and news articles, leading to serious controversy amongst astronomers and the decision as to whether or not Pluto should be categorized as one of the planets in our solar system....   [tags: celestial body, Eris and Sedna, dwarf planet ]

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The Lady of Luminosity: Henrietta Swan Leavitt

- One of the most notable contributors to the field of astronomy, never actually worked a telescope. The unjust discrimination against women barred one of the most brilliant astronomers of the 20th century from ever actually viewing the stars she was studying. This did not pose a problem however, as Henrietta Swan Leavitt challenged these notions of female inferiority and ineptitude by entering the predominately male field of astrology and excelling. Henrietta Leavitt's prodigious discovery of the period-luminosity relationship amongst Cepheid variable stars would forever change the way we perceive the universe and known galaxies as well as lay the foundation for astronomers such as Harlow...   [tags: astronomy, stars, telescope]

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The Link Between Retrograde Motion And The Cosmic Sphere

- Before the sixteenth century, the common knowledge of astronomy was based off the Ptolemaic model which said the Earth was the center of the universe and everything, including the sun, planets, and the heavenly spheres rotated about its center. It made complete sense at the time because it did account for every planetary motion and it was what the church believed. Claudius Ptolemy came up with this model in about 100 AD for other works of Greek astronomers. Notably, he assumed each planet moved in a sphere, or an epicycle, around a bigger sphere around the Earth, called a deferent....   [tags: Planet, Sun, Universe, Heliocentrism]

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Examining the Existence of Dark Matter in the Universe

- “Why is the night sky dark?” For thousands of years this question has been asked. Astronomers are continually growing closer to the answer but still no one has yet found an answer that is efficient enough. While scientists steadily collect data, they are hoping to find some clue as to realize that the answer may be because of something that is too mind blowing for us to comprehend. There is perhaps no current problem of greater importance to astrophysics and cosmology than that of "dark matter"....   [tags: Astronomy, Science, informative]

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Will the World Really End in 2012?

- December 21, 2012: This date has many people wondering why scientists and researchers assume the world will come to an end. Generally, everyone is captivated on the concept of the world’s execution. Hollywood even created a film based on 2012. But is the world really going to come to an end. Are we really going to die because of some calendar that is almost done. Is a giant flare from the sun going burn us all, or an enormous volcanic eruption from a super volcano going to destroy the earth. Considering how we were to have a meltdown in 2000, it is unlikely the world will end....   [tags: 2012, world ending,]

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Quasars and Active Galaxies

- Quasars and Active Galaxies The astronomical world is full of phenomena beyond the average person’s imagination. The technical tools and analytical methods astronomers use are very complex. The enormous numbers and distances are mind boggling. Theories behind astronomical phenomena are based on yet another theory. In order to understand the concept of quasars and active galaxies, one must first have a feel for the astronomical numbers involved. Secondly, a basic knowledge of the tools of the trade, and finally, a working knowledge of astronomical jargon....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Knowledge Throughout History: The Ptolemaic Theory

- As humans, our drive for acquiring knowledge can be seen as a reward to humanity. We constantly learn new things everyday which adds on to our initial knowledge, thus knowledge is indefinite. New information being acquired can cause us to reevaluate our initial views about the world we live in. In the context of this question, knowledge can be defined as the process of gaining information from past experiences. The collection of scraps and fragments is the facts, opinions, or just information we gain from knowledge....   [tags: information, scientists, historians]

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- I found this article to be very interesting it ties very well into what we have been learning about with the universe. The article talks about how astronomers have used old stars to determine the age of the universe. The article tells how Timothy Beers and his associates have discovered a radioactive isotope, uranium-238, in a metal-poor star located on the outskirts of the milkyway. I suppose I should give a little back that the article talked about first. Astronomers have found the age of many stars by using radioactive dating....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Pulsating White Dwarfs

- Pulsating White Dwarfs Pulsating white dwarf stars are a special subclass of white dwarfs, and they are very useful tools for studying the interiors of stars. As the interior of the white dwarf changes and oscillates, the light signal from the star will pulsate at numerous frequencies. By determining the frequencies at which the star pulsates and using these as boundary conditions in stellar models, astronomers can determine the interior properties of white dwarfs. This summer I was involved in using data from the Whole Earth Telescope and CCD images to determine the frequencies at which two different white dwarf stars pulsate....   [tags: Stars Astronomy Papers]

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Enigmatic Lights On The Moon

- Enigmatic lights seen on the Moon are a classic example of a Fortean enigma. Called transient lunar phenomena (TLP), they have been a mystery and a source of wonder to skywatchers since the earliest times. And yet, as astronomer Peter Grego points out, despite a wealth of detailed observations we seem no closer to an understanding of what these anomalous flashes are. Not long after the telescope was invented at the beginning of the 17th century, astronomers came to realise that the Moon, our only natural satellite, was not as dynamic a world as the Earth....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Is the Hubble Telescope Worth the Cost?

- The Hubble space telescope is a deep space imager used by NASA to explore space. It collects light and magnifies images, and gives Astronomers the most detailed images known to man. Hubble has been at work since April 25, 1990, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in orbit April 24, 2010. Twenty years in service, and still being the leading source for space news says a lot about Hubble's overall longevity and productiveness. Over 6000 scientific articles have been published based on Hubble data, with some of its discoveries being so significant that NASA would have needed multiple satellite missions to accomplish the same results....   [tags: synthesis essay, astronomy]

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Trigonometry: The Hipparchus Catalogue

- ... Hipparchus catalogue was completed in about 129 BC, it had listed about 850 stars. He had spent most of his life in Rhodes in the observatories. Hipparchus was a powerful influence on Claudius Ptolemy who centuries later his works had considerable impact on the development of Western culture. Hipparchus was also one of the most influential astronomers of antiquity, yet very little information available about him still survives. Hipparchus did his studying in Alexandria in 146 BC and in Rhodes near the end of his career in 127 BC and 126 BC....   [tags: motion of the sun and moon]

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The Heavens and Earth

- The Heavens and Earth Even to the casual observer, using just the ability of the human eye, there is a noticeable order in the manner of the movement of the celestial objects as they travel across the sky. The Sun, Moon, and the stars, all have a discernable pattern to their rising and setting. Upon closer observance, one might notice slight seasonal changes in the relative location on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets. Alternatively, one can notice more drastic variations in the Moon's relative position, the timing of it's appearances, and the variation of the portion of the Moon that is illuminated on any given night....   [tags: Papers]

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UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects

- The mysterious phenomenon of UFO sightings seems worthy of serious scientific research. This is due to theories found within the field of ufology, past reported sightings, and credible information given out by the government. Ufologists should also be aware of past examples that have been successful from the astronomical community. Bernard Haisch is an astrophysicist, scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal, and editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. The Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE), which Bernard edits, is a peer reviewed research journal in which scholarly investigations on phenomena not part of the currently accepted scientific paradigms may be published...   [tags: essays research papers]

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History And Development Of Astronomy

- History and Development of Astronomy Astronomy, the study of the universe, is said to be the oldest of the sciences. Ancient civilizations observed heavenly events such as the passage of days and nights and the phases of the moon. They saw that the cycle of the seasons was created to the position of the sun in the sky and the length of the day. From these simple regularities the first calendars emerged. These calendars were used for knowing when to plant or harvest crops. Or also for predicting regular events such as floods....   [tags: Earth, Solar System, Planet, Sun]

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Revolution in Cosmology Resolves Dispute over Universe's Age

- Revolution in Cosmology Resolves Dispute over Universe's Age Just under seven years ago, astronomers using the Hubble space telescope presented results they hoped would help answer one of the most contentious issues in astronomy of the 20th century – the question of the distance scale of the universe. But there was some unease when the result was announced. According to the report, other galaxies were close enough that, extrapolating backwards from their current rate of recession and making adjustments for the influence of gravity, they all would have been together (that is, the Big Bang would have occurred) as recently as 8 billion years ago....   [tags: Cosmology Universe]

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The Renaissance : A Period Of The Revival Of Classical Learning

- The Renaissance was a period of the revival of classical learning. The term, “Renaissance” actually means rebirth , and that is exactly what it was. Europe was reborn out of the medieval era, and into an era of learning and creativity. People started to create different styles of art, made more books, and huge advances in science were made. Some people were creative, and thought outside of the box. They proposed extraordinary ideas and theories that went against what everybody accepted. One of those people was Nicolaus Copernicus....   [tags: Nicolaus Copernicus, Heliocentrism]

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The Influence of Religion on European Politics and Human Culture

- Man has consistently feared two things throughout history: change and the unknown. During the 16th century the church became the direct and indirect authority on multiple levels affecting the everyday lives of all citizens. So in a strange way for all the good religion is responsible for such as stability, cohesiveness, harmony, uniformity and overall guidance; the same could be said concerning all of the misery created. It is fair to say the church is responsible for civil wars, revolutionary wars, impeding the progress of science, political, social, cultural gains and murder until the era of Enlightenment....   [tags: Power or Fear]

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Development of the Periodic Table, X Rays and the Telescope

- ... These elements are called the transuranium elements. I think without the development of the periodic table we may not have different types of medicines, or maybe just generic products to help us along the way of life. For example, humans need Zinc. A doctor can simply tell a person how much Zinc he/she needs or a simple nutrition label can tell how much of the element is in the product. With the development of the periodic table, it gave scientists lead way of discovering new elements. There’s possibly even more elements just waiting to be explored and discovered....   [tags: history of chemistry and technology]

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Copernicus 's The Grand Duchess Of Tuscany

- In 1615, Galileo Galilei wrote the Letter to the Grand Duchess of Tuscany. The purpose of the letter was to persuade the duchess of Tuscany, Christina of the validity behind the Copernican theory.To defend the Copernican theory, Galileo argues that theology shouldn’t be involved with the sciences. This is one of the arguments that sparked the debate of what we know today, as science versus religion. The whole controversy started with Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus was a German astronomers and mathematician....   [tags: Nicolaus Copernicus, Heliocentrism, Universe]

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Why Is Astronomy Important?

- Introduction I feel that the History of Astronomy is important because it has allowed the astronomers of present be able to not only learn from their past but also have a greater appreciation for the science of present. The reasons being, that students and astronomers now have the ability to learn from past discoveries and ideas, which allow the knowledge of today to have more relevance and meaning. Because of this history we have a much more appreciation for the work of brilliant minds of our scientific history....   [tags: Science, Scientific method, Time, Astronomy]

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What´s Dark Matter?

- ... (Dark Energy, Dark Matter - NASA Science) The way we know that dark matter exists is because there is more gravity than visible matter. If the level of matter and gravity did not match up the universe would have been ripped apart. This is yet another reason that we know dark matter is at work. If the universe has not been ripped apart there must be some type of force that we cannot see that is holding it all together. The discovery of dark matter was very puzzling at first. Astronomers expected stars at the center of the galaxy to have a higher rotational velocity then stars at the edge of the galaxy....   [tags: particles, high energy]

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Haley's Comet is Only Comet Visible from Earth with Naked Eye

- A comet is a small icy body that travels in an elliptical orbit around the sun. Halley’s Comet, or 1P/Halley, is the most well-known “periodic” comet that orbits the solar system and returns to Earth’s vicinity approximately every seventy-six years. It is one of the only comets that can be seen from Earth that is visible to the naked-eye, and can appear twice in one’s lifetime. The comet’s last visit was in the year 1986, and it is calculated to return mid-2061. Halley’s Comet has been sighted and recorded for thousands of years by humans....   [tags: orbit, astronomy, solar system]

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The Nuclear Process Of Fusion

- As scientific research has demonstrated for the past 100 years, everything in existence spontaneously came to be from a incredibly hot, dense ball of matter known as a singularity (Veneziano, 2014). In an infinitesimal fraction of a second, the universe grew from less than the size of a marble to more than 100-thousand miles in diameter, expanding faster than the speed of light. (Veneziano, 2014). In the millions of years that followed, various gases and matter cooled from millions of degrees in temperature, to more manageable thousands of degrees, allowing matter to collect and the universe to take shape (Untitle, 2014)....   [tags: Universe, Big Bang, Dark matter, Dark energy]

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Are we Alone In the Universe

- Do aliens exist. For eons, mankind has pondered over this peculiar question and a revealing truth has yet to be answered. However, one thing is known for sure, the discovery of intelligent alien life outside of Earth would provide support to prove and/or disprove fundamental beliefs that have been held for centuries. In any case, the discovery would serve as a cornerstone for humanity to make the quantum leap in understanding the purpose of our existence. Based on numerous examples, it is impossible to deny the existence of extraterrestrial life outside of Earth....   [tags: aliens, civilization, science]

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Understanding Black Holes

- Understanding Black Holes A Black hole is a theorized celestial body whose surface gravity is so strong that nothing, including light, can escape from within it's surface. Gravity is the key to a black hole's immense power. The black hole's strong gravity keeps captured material from escaping. For example, if Earth were the same mass it is now but had only one-fourth its present radius, the escape velocity of someone standing on its surface would be twice what it is now. Black holes have a power far greater than our minds can imagine....   [tags: Papers]

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The Big Bang Theory and Christian Cosmology

- To more fully understand the Big Bang theory and the evidence on which it progressed from, an overview of its earlier development over many centuries is needed. Present day ideas concerning the Big Bang theory can be seen as having first originated within modern European science. However before these ideas were developed, most explanations concerning the origins of the universe were based on religious themes and concepts, the primary tradition being Christianity. These Christian origin stories explain the appearance of the universe as being the work of an all powerful and omnipresent God....   [tags: bible, ptolome, universe]

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The Scientific Revolution: A New View of the World

- The Scientific Revolution: A New View of the World Herbert Butterfield stated that, "Since the Scientific Revolution overturned the authority in science not only of the middle ages but of the ancient world...it outshines everything since the rise of Christianity." During the scientific revolution Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton all voiced their opinions that contradicted the views of the church. Before the Scientific Revolution, the Bible or Greek philosophers such as Aristotle or astronomers like Claudius Ptolemy, whose ideas were sanctioned by the church, answered any questions regarding the natural world....   [tags: Expository Essays Research Papers]

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The Big Bang Theory

- ... Wilson in California, had shown that the distant galaxies all appeared to be receding from us at speeds proportional to their distances. In 1948, Gamow predicted that the radiation from the big bang nucleosynthesis must still be filling the universe. The universe expanding can branch of to even more theories... maybe even different worlds. If that is true then that mean there could be entirely different worlds with maybe living creatures living there maybe even a difference species of human....   [tags: universe, relativity theory]

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Scientists Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Universe

- Scientists Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Universe      Since the dawn of time, man has yearned to know the origin of existence, how life was started, and the source of creation. Many scientists, from ancient Greece to modern civilization, began the search for answers by first studying our solar system, mapping the stars, trying to unlock their secrets. These eight scientists paved the way for any basic knowledge of the universe.      Born in 270 BC, the Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos, was the first scientist known to suggest that the earth revolves around the sun....   [tags: Astronomy Research Papers]

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Jocelyn Susan Bell Burnell

- Jocelyn Susan Bell Burnell An important woman in the contribution of science is Jocelyn Bell Burnell. She is a British astronomer that discovered pulsars, which is a tiny, very dense, rapidly rotating neutron star that appear to emit radiation in pulses. Jocelyn was born in 1943 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was raised near the Armagh Observatory, which obviously impacted her life She graduated from Glasgow University in 1965 with a B.S. degree in Physics, and in 1968 she received a Ph.D....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Blue Stragglers

- Blue Stragglers Scientists have recently found that odd stars known, as “blue stragglers” may be the product of collision between two, and possibly more, older stars. This may result in finding out a 50 year-old mystery of the blue stragglers. Even in “dense” areas stars a typically billions, if not, trillions, of miles apart. But stars may have the occasional chance to collide in global clusters, which are dense groupings of up to a million stars wit tightly packed cores. Some global clusters are among the oldest structures in the universe, about 15 billion years old, all the stars in the clusters are known as red giants that have puffed up to there outermost atmospheres....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Human Genome as Evidence of Life on Other Planets

- The Human Genome Since the beginning of human fascination with outer space, the question “Is there life on other planets?” has existed and has waited to be answered. Early astronomers looking to find life on other planets were brutally punished by the Catholic Church. For years, people saw these astronomers as heretics for going against the church and undesirable, but today there might be evidence that supports these astronomers. Today, we find that people are still split between believing in alien life or not....   [tags: evolution and outer space]

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Supernovas and The Creation of New Stars

- Supernovas are extremely powerful explosions of radiation. A supernova can give off as much energy as a Sun can within its whole life. A star will release most of its material when it undergoes this type of explosion. The explosion of a supernova can also help in creating new stars. There are two types of ways a Supernova can be triggered. The first trigger is the result of a white dwarf accumulating matter from a companion. This causes the dwarf to reach a core temperature too high to survive which in turn makes an explosion....   [tags: Physics, Space, Explosions]

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The Relationship Between Science and Religion

- The relationship between science and religion has been debated for many years. With strong personal opinions and beliefs, it is not surprising that no progress has been made in this argument. In my opinion, I feel as though religion and science have to be related in some way. There is no possible way people can separate two things that attempt to prove the same facts. My belief is that a metaphorical bridge has to be formed to connect the two. Personally, I feel as though science can be a compliment to religion, and that the scientific discoveries can and should be used to prove that God exists, not disprove it....   [tags: Religion]

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Pluto as a Dwarf Planet

- By definition from a Merriam- Webster Dictionary a planet is “any of the large bodies that revolve around the sun in the solar system which have a similar body to them”. This is not a very specific explanation and makes it hard to fully grasp what it means; at this you could easily say that in fact Pluto a planet. However if you look at a scientific encyclopedia the definition is much different and more specific. The Access Science Encyclopedia says a planet is “A) a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun B) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it can assume a hydrostatic equilibrium shape C) clears the neighborhood around its orbit”....   [tags: solar system, size, sun, IAU, astronomy, orbit]

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