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Jupiter – Roman god – Roman religion

By |2018-04-16T23:51:47+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Jupiter (fresco from the House of the Dioscuri, Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Jupiter was the chief of the gods for the Romans, the way Zeus was for the Greeks and Thor was for the Germans. In fact, they must have all originally been the same Indo-European sky god. Jupiter and Zeus really have the same name - Jupiter comes from Ju-pater, [...]

Venus – Planets – Astronomy – Space science

By |2018-05-31T11:49:31+00:00August 19th, 2017|Physics|

This is what the planet Venus looks like from space. Venus is the second planet away from our Sun - Mercury is closer to the Sun, and then the Earth is a little farther from the Sun. Like the Earth, Venus probably formed about four and a half billion years ago, out of space dust in the same nebula. Venus is [...]

Saturn – Planets – Astronomy

By |2018-05-31T11:49:18+00:00August 19th, 2017|Physics|

Saturn, as seen from space After Jupiter, Saturn is the next farthest planet out from our Sun. In some ways, Saturn is a lot like Jupiter - it's very cold, and it's mostly made of an ocean of hydrogen molecules, with some helium and a little bit of other things. Like Jupiter and the other planets around our Sun, Saturn [...]

Mercury – Planets – Astronomy

By |2018-05-31T11:49:17+00:00August 18th, 2017|Physics|

Mercury from space Mercury is the closest planet to our Sun. At some parts of its orbit, Mercury is only about 46 million kilometers away from the sun. Because Mercury is so close to the sun, it is very hot there. It is so hot that all the carbon dioxide and oxygen has boiled away, and Mercury has very little [...]

Mars, the red planet – Astronomy

By |2018-05-31T11:49:29+00:00August 18th, 2017|Physics|

Mars, the way the planet looks from space The closest planet to Earth is Mars, and Mars is also the planet that seems most likely to have life on it besides our own Earth. It's the next planet further away from the Sun after Earth. When you look at Mars from Earth, it looks reddish, and even [...]

How old is the Earth? – Astronomy

By |2018-05-31T11:49:20+00:00August 18th, 2017|Physics|

Earth from space Like Mercury and Venus and the other planets that go around the Sun, the Earth probably formed a little more than four and a half billion years ago. (That's about 4,600,000,000 years ago.) Like the other planets, Earth is made of molecules that were floating around in space. They made a nebula cloud of dust that was the leftovers when our [...]

Venus project – the Morning Star

By |2018-05-31T11:49:17+00:00August 18th, 2017|Physics|

Sunset with Venus visible in the sky near the moon You can see the planet Venus for yourself, without a telescope. Venus is so bright that it's even brighter than most of the stars in the sky. Just look near the horizon just before the sun comes up or just after the sun sets. In this picture, Venus [...]