Astrology, Our World, Our Adventure

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                    Astrology, Our World, Our Adventure…
     Astrology, and the wonders of the solar system… Astrology is not just about the stars; it’s about the stars, constellations, the nine planets, meteors and asteroids, the sun, moons, and the constellations. The solar system is very complex, yet it has many extraordinary objects.
     There are four different types of stars: Protostars, Bright Stars, Red Giants, and White Dwarfs. Protostars are stars that are just in the verge of being born. They are glowing clouds of interstellar dust and gas. Causing the protostar to collapse, gravity pulls on every atom moving them towards the center. Over a period of twenty million years the star begins to form, and in 10 million years after the pocket of gas formed, a star is born. The second types of stars, Bright Stars, are formed when the new star has completed about 35 million years of its life cycle. A star’s life cycle is a lot like a human’s, except a star’s years are in millions. When a star is about 10 million years old, it is in the same stage as a regular human-for instance in 10 million years a star is in the same stage as a human that is about twenty. The birth and death of stars are also called Stellar Evolution. A Bright star occurs when nuclear fusion doubles the star in size. The third types of stars, Red Giants, are made because the outward flow of the star’s core energy stops. Gravity then steps in, squeezing the star making it decrease in size. The core’s heat increases and it starts releasing small amounts of energy, the energy holds a large amount of hydrogen gas. The star then begins to grow larger, but it does not get brighter. As a result of the sudden and quick temperature-drop, the star’s color changes from blue-white to a red. In groups called Globular Clusters (groups of up to one million stars that move through space), are where most of the Red Giants have been found. In the fourth types of stars, White Dwarfs, the star begins cooling off; and as a result of that, the outer gas layer spreads out. The star’s temperature drops again, making the gas layer spread out even more. Eventually, the outer layer spreads out so far, it separates from the star. Then, a Planetary Nebula (cloud of glowing atoms), moves in all directions.

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The Universe is something no one can explain. The stars have a big part in the solar system. They help light the sky at night. The four types of stars are Protostars, Bright stars, Red Giants, and White Dwarfs. The birth and death of stars is called Stellar Evolution. The nine planets are Earth, Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto, Saturn, Neptune, Mars, Venus, and Mercury. Mercury is known as the planet of hot days and cold nights because of its high temperatures during the day and cold temperatures during the night. Venus is known as the cauldron because it is so hot. Mars is known as the planet of Martians because of its name, Mars, and the stereotype of it having extra-terrestrials. Jupiter is known as the giant planet because it is so big. It has a volume one thousand times that of the Earth’s. Saturn is called the planet of the rings because, well, it has visible rings around it. Uranus is known to be the very gaseous planet. Scientists accidentally found Neptune, not much is known about it. The same with Pluto, scientists do not know much about Pluto because it is so small. It is known as the ice planet. The constellations are the mythological part of the solar system. Behind every constellation there is a story or tale of some sort. Many objects in the Solar System have yet to be discovered and may never be, but it will always be there and may never change for generations to come.

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