Into the Sky

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Bobby Bolin 9/19/12

Into The Sky
For thousands of years, we have gazed into the sky in quandary about cosmic phenomena. Cavemen, peasants, kings and astronomers could do nothing more but hypothesize the mysteries of outer space and the universe. It was not until the 17th century did astronomers create the telescope to see more than just the naked eye however, the Mesopotamians recorded constellations that still exist in modern day age today. Our desires to find extraterrestrial life and answer cosmic phenomena will ascent our technology beyond belief in many years to come. Decades ago, astronomers believed that our solar system was the only one that existed though there was still a dire explanation sought of the galaxies: are there any other habitable planets out there? What was the history and chemistry of our planets thousands of years ago? These questions inspire our most ambitious endeavors of space and Mars exploration and moon landings. With Mars being a planet with extreme similarities such as: mountains, canyons, rocks, dry river valleys, polar ice caps and water in the clouds. If we could understand the geological history of Mars, it would be a step closer that grants limitless technology and opportunity. The Kepler mission is another huge endeavor for which we are now able to detect other planet that orbit other stars; in essence, we have found other solar systems other than our own that habitable. This, just like other discoveries, is leading us one step closer to unveiling possibilities that extend beyond our feeble minds. The transit method detects extrasolar planets by measuring the brightness of stars. By observing the radiance of light from a star,

Bobby Bolin 9/19/12

when there are orbital systems, a planet will cross the star and block the light where we can then calculate the size and mass with the Kepler’s third law of planetary motion.…...

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