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Astroquizzical has been nominated for one of Canada's top 12 favorite science blogs online! If you've enjoyed Astroquizzical's take on all things space, send a vote my way!

If Astroquizzical winds up in the top 3, there will be a snazzy new badge on the site, and Astroquizzical will be featured in full writeups on the Science Borealis blog and the Science Writers & Communicators of Canada site, who are co-sponsoring the vote!

If you're after some new science blogs to check out, the full list of nominated blogs and science sites is available here at the Science Borealis blog!

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Why Must Cassini Crash Into Saturn?

Why does Cassini have to crash into Saturn?
In this screenshot from the short animated film Cassini's Grand Finale, the spacecraft is shown breaking apart after entering Saturn's atmosphere. The planned end of Cassini will occur on Sept. 15, 2017. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

In this screenshot from the short animated film Cassini's Grand Finale, the spacecraft is shown breaking apart after entering Saturn's atmosphere. The planned end of Cassini will occur on Sept. 15, 2017. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini has served us well over the past twenty years, giving us incredible images of Saturn since 2004; thirteen years of imagery from its vantage in the outer solar system. With any lengthy mission, it is sad to see a spacecraft reach its end...

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Why Does The Moon Look Upside Down From Australia?

Why does the Moon look upside down from Australia?
The Moon seen from the southern hemisphere, taken on the 25th of November 2012, from Montevideo, Uruguay. Image credit: Fernando da Rosa, CC BY A-SA 3.0

The Moon seen from the southern hemisphere, taken on the 25th of November 2012, from Montevideo, Uruguay. Image credit: Fernando da Rosa, CC BY A-SA 3.0

Those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere of our planet are used to a very specific view of the Moon, and, if you never travel outside...

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What Does The Expansion Of The Universe Tell Us About The Future?

We know the speed of light is constant, but what about the speed at which the universe is expanding?
Astronomers think that the expansion of the universe is regulated by both the force of gravity, which acts to slow it down, and a mysterious dark energy, which pushes matter and space apart. In fact, dark energy is thought to be pushing the cosmos apart at faster and faster speeds, causing our universe’s expansion to accelerate. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astronomers think that the expansion of the universe is regulated by both the force of gravity, which acts to slow it down, and a mysterious dark energy, which pushes matter and space apart. In fact, dark energy is thought to be pushing the cosmos apart at faster and faster speeds, causing our universe’s expansion to accelerate. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ah yes. The speed at which the Universe is expanding is not a constant. This is a very interesting consequence of the presence of dark energy in our Universe, and gives us an interesting view into...

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Could We Put A Telescope On The Far Side Of The Moon?

Has anyone thought of building an observatory on the other side of the moon?
LROC WAC color (689 nm, 415 nm, 321 nm) overlain on WAC sunset BW image. Note the proximity of the landing site to a contact between red and blue maria. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

LROC WAC color (689 nm, 415 nm, 321 nm) overlain on WAC sunset BW image. Note the proximity of the landing site to a contact between red and blue maria. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

Many times! There is currently a small UV sensitive telescope on the Moon, which landed there in 2013 as part of the Chinese lander Chang’e 3, and it has taken some interesting images from the Moon to relay back to us, but it’s been placed on the near side of the moon...

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