How to Learn More About Space

"Oh, look, a shooting star!" and "Wow! Look, Dad! I think I see Uranus!" are things that are commonly said relating to the universe and space. Even though the universe has existed for approximately 13.7 billion (13,700,000,000) years [1], we still aren't even close to understanding everything. Continue reading to find out how you can learn more about space.


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    Pick a subject. Do you want to learn about a particular planet? Do you want to learn about the Moon, Sun, Earth, or the entire Solar System? Or do you just want to learn about stars? Find something that interests you.
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    Learn as much as you can. If you have chosen a planet, learn about it's atmosphere or it's surface or it's temperature. Maybe research which planet is the closest to it and/or which planet it looks most like. You might even want to learn a lot about special features of it's surface like a pattern you can see from space or from a telescope. For example Mars is called the "Red Planet" because of it's reddish appearance. This color is due to the presence of iron oxide dust, a.k.a. rust. While this doesn’t mean that Mars is made up of rust, it would be safe to say that the planet is fully covered with it.
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    Buy some books on space. You can also find some information all over the internet-just be sure to use a reliable source, not a non-reliable source such as Wikipedia considering the fact that anyone can add to it.
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    Buy a telescope. Telescopes can be handy when you want to go stargazing. Stargazing is when you look up at the stars and try to spot constellations.
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    Go to museums with exhibits for space. You can find exhibits at OMSI, the Smithsonian, and any Museum of Natural History.
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    Learn more about the background of the universe. The Big Bang theory states that the entire universe started expanding from a singularity after a bang; hence "big bang". [1]
    • Know that the Big Rip theory states that the universe will constantly expand; it will continue until the fabric of the universe itself rips apart. [1]
    • Know that the Big Crunch theory states the universe will to expand, but at a certain point in the future will begin to implode on itself. According to this theory, it is possible that our universe is only one of a series of multiverse (universes), and that big bangs continuously occur only for the multiverse to implode on themselves. [1]


  • You can also research about Galileo Galilei. He discovered Saturn and was also first to discover Venus' visible disk and that it had phases like the moon. Jupiter takes 12 earthen years to orbit the Sun. It is a ball of dense Hydrogen, Helium, water and nitrogen. This Planet has about 66 discovered moons.
  • Did you know that Pluto is not a planet anymore? It is still classed as a dwarf planet though. Pluto also has 5 moons! There is a spacecraft travelling to Pluto right now. The New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2005 and will reach Pluto in 2015.


  • Telescopes can be quite expensive!

Sources and Citations

  1., D, (2006), Astronomy, ISBN 1-40546-314-7

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Categories: Astronomy