Astronomy @ BellaOnline http://www.bellaonline.com/Site/astronomy Interested in learning about the wonders beyond the Earth's atmosphere? The astronomy site aims to furnish you with the information you need, whether it be the mysterious properties of black holes or the origins of the universe itself. en-us Copyright 2015 BellaOnline.com All Rights Reserved. Fri, 29 May 2015 08:33:47 EST 240 http://www.bellaonline.com/images/logo.jpg Astronomy @ BellaOnline http://astronomy.bellaonline.com Earthshine http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art301287.asp In the darkness of space we see the part of the Moon that the Sun illuminates. But sometimes there is a bright crescent Moon with a dark shadow filling in the rest of the Moon's face. What lets us see the Moon's night side, and how might the phenomenon detect life on distant worlds? Wed, 27 May 2015 17:09:12 EST Polaris Facts for Kids http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art301252.asp Polaris, the North Star, has been a navigation star for 1500 years. It's easy to find using the pointer stars of the Big Dipper. Did you know that it hasn't always been the North Star? Or that it's really three stars? Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:42 EST Mary Somerville and the World of Science book http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art301229.asp Mary Somerville was an exceptional individual. Although self-educated and - as a woman - barred from membership in scientific societies, her books sold well and were used as textbooks for many decades. Allan Chapman relates her achievements to the context of 19th century science in Britain. Fri, 15 May 2015 07:00:26 EST