Top Ten astronomy Articles

Here are the top ten articles for the Astronomy Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Science Fairs – Astronomy and Space Project Ideas
Interested in astronomy or space-related science projects? Forget the model of the Solar System – that's for young children. Here are a number of ideas from several sources which should be a help to students and educators.

2. Vulpecula - the Little Fox
Vulpecula isn't a well known constellation, and its stars are dim. Yet it's interesting. It contains both the first planetary nebula and the first pulsar ever discovered, a handful of exoplanets, and part of the biggest structure in the known Universe.

3. Science Fairs – Help for Teachers
Not everyone wants to plan a science fair, but science teachers still need to teach science. Projects are part of learning – not only learning science, but also learning transferable skills. The resources cited in this article aren't just for the fair, they could help you in the classroom too.

4. Searching for Exoplanets
A number of planets orbiting stars outside the Solar System have been directly imaged, but most of the 4000 known exoplanets haven't been. Very few have been discovered by direct imaging. How do astronomers find what they can't see?

5. Doodling Spacecraft
Let's look at some doodles celebrating space missions. If you ever search with Google, you may have seen the doodles before. They're drawings and animations celebrating people, events, holidays, inventions and whatnot, incorporating the Google logo in an amusing way.

6. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - book review
“Lessons” and “physics” are in the title, but don't panic. Although Carlo Rovelli is a high-powered theoretical physicist, he doesn't lecture the reader. He shares his understanding of the strange universe of modern physics as a man steeped in philosophy and with poetry in his soul.

7. Taurids - Halloween Fireballs
Thousands of years ago a comet broke up. A remnant of it still visits Earth, adding to the debris stream fuelling the annual Taurid meteor shower. The shower peaks near Halloween and may produce brilliant meteors – its nickname is 'Halloween Fireballs'. But is there something deadly in the debris?

8. NASA Women in Lego
Achievements may be honored with prizes and medals, but few get represented as children's toys. However Lego responded to a proposal to showcase women in space and astronomy by making a Lego set representing four such women and their major contributions. Who were these women?

9. Art on the Moon - Fallen Astronaut
Did you know there are artworks on the Moon? And "Moon Museum" hitched a ride attached to Apollo 12's lunar module. But the "Fallen Astronaut" statuette lies on the Moon's surface. Here's how it got there.

10. Delphinus the Dolphin
Delphinus (the Dolphin) sounds like one of the southern sea constellations invented by early European navigators. However it's an ancient northern constellation first catalogued by Ptolemy in the 2nd century. Small and made up of faint stars, its diamond is still easily visible in a clear dark sky.

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