Haumea – Goddess of Childbirth for The Kuiper Belt

Shown above is arguably one of the most unique objects in our solar system. Located in The Kuiper belt, this dwarf planet was named after the place where researchers discovered it, Hawaii. What makes this dwarf planet special is its peculiar shape, giving it the nickname “santa”. But why is this one planet shaped likeContinue reading “Haumea – Goddess of Childbirth for The Kuiper Belt”

How many suns can a solar system have?

Growing up on earth with a singular sun, it is hard to imagine what life would be like with two (like the planet Tatooine in Star Wars) or more. In fact, many systems have been discovered with two suns and one was named in fact Tatooine. Furthermore, the planet HD 131399 was just discovered orbitingContinue reading “How many suns can a solar system have?”

Blog 3 – Nuclear Fusion and Climate Change

Nuclear power has always been an interesting field to me, causing me to take the class “Nuclear Power” here at Vanderbilt with Dr. Strauss. In the course we cover both fission and fusion, and when we discuss nuclear power for energy generation it was almost entirely about fission. Fusion technology has really only been masteredContinue reading “Blog 3 – Nuclear Fusion and Climate Change”

Archeoastronomy in Chaco Canyon

Shown above is the Supernova Pictograph in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. This is a really interesting piece of archeoastronomy for me because I saw this pictograph in real life with my dad. The artwork is said to depict a supernova that occurred in 1054 AD and would have been visible in the New Mexico skyContinue reading “Archeoastronomy in Chaco Canyon”

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