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May 21, 2009

 

Star filled night sky

How Far the Stars?

Ever wonder how far apart the stars are from one another? Find out a good way to tell on this Moment of Science.

March 6, 2009

 

Hot, melted tar on blacktop

Baseball, Tar, and the Scientific Method

One of the fundamental ideas of scientific thinking can be summed up in the phrase: "Correlation does not imply causation." That can be very confusing.

March 3, 2009

 

Planet Earth seen from space

Earth Collision, Hypothetically

It seems to be possible for planets in a stable solar system to somehow get off track and run into each other. Is our planet in danger?

February 18, 2009

 

Person holding small meteorite

Rocky Weather Forecasting

During a "meteor shower" bits of rocky material that enter our atmosphere from space burn up because of friction.

February 9, 2009

 

Double rainbow over lake

Why Are Rainbows Curved?

The narrow range of angles at which the colors are reflected is the key to why rainbows must be curved.

July 6, 2008

 

Vibrant sunset over ocean

What Makes the Sun Shine?

What makes the sun shine? It's a question we rarely give much thought. However, there is a scientific explanation for this commonplace phenomenon.

June 15, 2008

 

A view of the sun from a beach in SouthEastern England

Sneezing at the Sun

Do you sneeze when you see a bright light? Then you may have photic sneezing. Learn more about this condition on this Moment of Science.

April 22, 2008

 

Orange sunset over plain

What’s in the Sun?

The physicist Artur Eddington once said he hoped one day science would have advanced far enough to understand "so simple a thing as a star."

March 25, 2008

 

The Sun exploding while setting over the Pacific Ocean in California

The Sun Just Blew Up!

How do you know the sun didn't just explode? We aren't talking about the everyday, run-of-the-mill controlled explosion the sun is always doing, but a big boom.

September 27, 2007

 

Sunrise at the beach

The Coldest Time of the Day

When the sun first rises in the morning it doesn't get warmer right away, but actually feels colder. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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