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04/19/2014 08:20 AM
Intelligence is More than IQ: The Future of Space Travel

Did you ever hear the story of the goose that laid the golden egg? That one goose could make anyone moderately rich forever. [Spoiler Alert!] But some idiot cut open the goose. Why? To get the source of the gold, but they found none. The flow of gold dried up … Continue reading

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06/18/2013 01:36 AM
The Star Nearest Earth — Alpha Centauri has a Planet

The star nearest Earth? Alpha Centauri? I can hear it now. Someone is getting “literal” on me and declaring that the star “nearest” Earth is our own sun. Okay, they’re right, but only in one sense. Our sun is literally a star, certainly. But in the vernacular, “star” usually refers … Continue reading

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Extrasolar Planets for Humanity

Stellar Close-up

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  In search of planets that look like Earth beyond the Solar system. It takes a certain kind of star to harbor habitable extrasolar planets.
 
 
  A detailed look at interesting star systems, some possible exoplanet stars, comparing those stars to the Solar system and to Earth.
 
 
  The dream of flight, and by extension travel to the stars, has touched the mind of humanity for centuries, perhaps even since the beginning.
 
 
   

Space Facts

For Kids

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  About stars, planets, moons, astronomy and science terms. Includes frequently asked questions about the universe.
 
 
  Just for kids (and the young-at-heart): Learning about stars, planets, galaxies, history and a whole lot more.
 
 
  Our own planet has an interesting history, some of it filled with myth and legend.
 
 
   

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Star Gallery

Astronomy Software Review

   
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  Tales from the imagination. New suns, alien worlds and strange, exotic civilizations.
 
 
  Colorful views of alien planets, twin suns, binary moons, ancient ruins and bright nebulas.
 
 
  3D Space software to explore the universe, especially those stars near our own sun. Discover where the extrasolar planets are known to exist.
 
 
   

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Stars in the NeighborHood space software
Your 3D astronomy software "power tools" await you.
  • Nearly 2 million alien sky views
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  • Our sun is easy to find in alien night skies
  • Point-and-click distance calculation between stars
  • Customizable with tags, star names, notes and more

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Imagine Man Throughout the Galaxy
With a forward by Arthur C. Clarke, brazen plan for colonizing the galaxy in 8 "easy" steps. Wonderfully optimistic and beautifully detailed!

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A Classic on Extrasolar Planets!
Stephen Dole of RAND Corporation and best-selling author Isaac Asimov team together to lay out the original specs for a habitable planetary system. This gave us the blueprint on what to look for.

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