Science Review of the Moons of Jupiter

Overview The planet Jupiter, besides being the largest planet in the Solar System, has over 65 moons discovered so far. It also has very faint rings. Numerous asteroids, called Trojans, share the same orbit around the Sun with Jupiter. The Galilean Moons The four largest moons of Jupiter were observed by Galileo in 1610 through […]

Science Review of the Planet Jupiter

  Overview Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, and the 5th planet from the Sun, at over 5 times the distance from the earth from the Sun. Its diameter is over 142, 900 km, and its mass is 2.5 times the combined mass of all the other planets that orbit the Sun. […]

Science Review of the Asteroid Belt

Overview The main asteroid belt is in the area between the planets Mars and Jupiter, although asteroids exist in most other parts of the Solar System. Scientists believe that asteroids in the asteroid belt formed from shattered remnants of protoplanets when the planetary disk started to cool. Many different types of asteroids have been observed, […]

Science Review of the Planet Mars

Overview The planet Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, and the last of the terrestrial planets in the Solar System. It is almost 228,000,000 km from the Sun, about 1 ½ times the distance of the earth from the Sun. It has a thin atmosphere, and is mostly desert, with volcanoes, ice caps, […]

Science Review of Lunar Exploration

Overview Early astronomers were limited to what they could see with their own eyes through the millennia they could observe the moon. Galileo saw craters and mountains on the moon during the 17th century, and astronomers after him charted many of its features. The space race between the United States and the Soviet Union began […]

Science Review of the Moon

Overview Unlike Mercury and Venus, Earth has one natural satellite, the moon. It is a quarter of the diameter of the earth and 1/81 its mass. Although it has been studied for millennia, and is the closest large object to the earth, it still holds many mysteries. The Moon The moon is responsible for the […]

Science Review of the Planet Venus

Overview The planet Venus is the second planet from the sun in the Solar System. It is one of the four terrestrial planets, with a dense, thick atmosphere and a rocky body. It is nearly the size of the planet Earth. Since it is closer to the sun, its year takes a little over 224 […]

Math and Physics Review of Basketball

Overview The sport of basketball combines high energy with a fast pace. Although it is not essential to be an expert in math and physics to be a great basketball player, basketball moves such as jump shots, passing, and dribbling can illustrate math and physics concepts. Jump Shot When a player makes a jump shot, […]

Science Review of the Search for the Higgs Boson

Overview The Higgs boson is an elementary particle that is different from all others in the Standard Model of Quantum Physics. It is essential to the process governing mass in the universe. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider found a possible Higgs particle in 2012, and when it is brought online in 2015, more particles […]

Science Review of the Planet Mercury

Overview The planet Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun in the solar system. It is much smaller than the Earth, but has similar chemical composition. Although the planet Mercury was known to ancient civilizations, it contains many mysteries. Much information has been learned from space probes flying by the planet. Location Mercury is […]