Constellations {InstaScience}

The Big Dipper is hands-down one of the easiest constellations to recognize in the night sky. It’s characteristic bucket-shape and handle are hard to miss! But there are many more constellations in the night sky to learn about. Constellations are patterns or shapes made by a group of stars in the sky. Many of these take the shape of animals, mythological creatures, and other objects.  As of … [Read more...]

Blue Moon {InstaScience}

Did you know that a Blue Moon is not actually blue? And that there are two definitions for what a blue moon actually is? The more modern definition of a blue moon says that it only occurs when there are two full moons in a calendar month. Since a full moon occurs about every 29 days, it’s bound to happen. According to this definition, the next Blue Moon will occur in January of 2018. But … [Read more...]

Mars {InstaScience}

Mars is one of those planets that we can easily spot in the night sky, thanks to its red color! Mars gets its color from the iron oxide that is found on the planet's surface. Mars is the fourth planet from the sun, just after our planet, Earth. Like Earth, Mars has volcanoes, canyons, and polar ice caps. However, Mars is quite a bit drier and cooler than our planet. This planet is one of the … [Read more...]