Astronomical Insights



Did You Know...


The word "planet" is Greek for 'wanderer'.

There are over 88 constellations in the sky, including Orion the Hunter and the signs of the Zodiac.

The brightest star in the sky lies just to the left of the constellation Orion the Hunter - Sirius, the Dog Star.

The Earth rotates on its axis 15 degrees an hour, and revolves around the sun 1 degree each day.

A Blue moon occurs when there are two full moons in the same month. This phenomenon occurred in 1999 with two full moons in January and then again in March.

In order to have a Lunar eclipse, there must be a full moon, and in order to have a Solar eclipse, the moon must be new.

A group of stars referred to as the "Seven Sisters" is actually a group of over 130 stars. Six of these are visible with the naked eye.



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