We try not to play favorites here at Optical Mechanics, but we have to admit: astronomy is definitely nearest and dearest to our hearts! We explore the solar system, viewing techniques, galaxies, space travel, and much, much more.

Spacecraft in space with sun shining behind it

Walter Cunningham: An Astronaut You Need to Know About, pub-3944954862316283, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0 On January 3, 2023, American astronaut Walter Cunningham passed away at the age of 90 after a full and complete life. While he may not be a common household name today, he is an integral part of American history, specifically for his contributions to space exploration. NASA claims that Cunningham was […]

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Light shining out of black hole

The Fascinating Life Cycle of a Star: From Gas Cloud to Black Hole, pub-3944954862316283, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0 If stargazing is your favorite pastime, you may look up and wonder how exactly a star forms and how old they are. You might be surprised to hear that, unlike other celestial bodies in our universe, stars do not last forever. However, they do live a long and full life and

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Rocket liftoff

What Does NASA Stand For? You May Be Surprised…, pub-3944954862316283, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0 Learning about new scientific topics can be intimidating; nobody wants to appear out of their depth. Here at Optical Mechanics, we understand that many people feel uncomfortable asking questions about things they might not be fully knowledgeable about. This is why we decided to break down some fun and easily digestible

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Simulation of asteroid approaching Earth

How To Have Crazy Fun With the Neal.Fun Asteroid Launcher, pub-3944954862316283, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0 It’s been depicted a million times in television, cinema, and video games – what would happen if an asteroid were to strike Earth? While scientists can break it down for you in a lecture, blog post, or scientific research study, none of those options are as exciting as watching it play

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how old is the sun

How Old Is the Sun?, pub-3944954862316283, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0 Earth’s Most Essential Essential: The Sun The Sun is a massive, luminous ball of plasma located at the center of our solar system. It is estimated to be about 4.6 billion years old, making it one of the newer objects in the Milky Way galaxy. The Sun provides us with light

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2023 eclipse

2023 Eclipse Guide: Don’t Miss Anything!, pub-3944954862316283, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0 Who Doesn’t Love An Eclipse? Solar and lunar eclipses are spectacular celestial events that have enthralled and captivated viewers for millennia. Occurring in cycles, these two types of eclipses are mesmerizing to behold and often require travel to truly appreciate. This article will explore the nuances of solar and lunar eclipses,

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how long after sunset is it dark

How Long After Sunset is it Dark?, pub-3944954862316283, RESELLER, f08c47fec0942fa0 Let’s Get Started… We get the question “how long after sunset is it dark?” a LOT. Knowing the time of darkness after sunset is important to many astronomers and astrophotographers. Unfortunately, however, it is not a straight answer for every situation; one must consider things such as latitude, season, and altitude.

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