Mythological encyclopedia

David Levi: a Guide to the starry sky

Comets, the “tailed stars”. From time to time in the starry sky appear of the comet, which got its name from the Greek word “kometes” “tailed”. Often, the comet took over some otherworldly forces and beings, in the Christian era, they attributed divine the meaning and was considered God’s messengers – angels. The Slavs we, the Germans existed beliefs – seeing a shooting star to pray, convinced that any desire expressed at the short time, while star rolling, will come true. Comet was brought in to the stars also called tailed stars or sirkali with a broom, the Germans schweifstern, haarstern (hairy star) and pfauenschwanz (peacock tail) ; Lithuanian songs mention the comet, as old men with long beards, whose appearance portends something extraordinary. Thus, on the basis of different similes light strip cast by the nucleus of the comet, the language gives it a tail, a broom or a beard. Rare comets made him unusual for people to connect with these tailed stars the idea of divine predvidenie of future troubles for their sins and the mortal call to repentance. Interesting review, made by Patriarch Nikon in-out, in 1664 at the monastery of the resurrection. Sitting at night in the sleigh, he began to atrasti the dust from your feet, remembering prominent Evangelical words: “the IDA also if you do not accept, basedfrom the hail and the dust stuck to your feet, shake off as a testimony against nya”. Streltsy Colonel, dressed escort of Nikon, said: we are the ashes we’ll sweep! – Let razmyat the Lord God you trade only a divine broom, who is on many days! – objected Nikon, pointing to the burning in the sky the comet. Humboldt in his “Cosmos” points to the poetic view, which in ancient times was connected with the comets: they saw shaggy stars and flaming swords.

Comets have the appearance of a small hazy spot with a light tail, and sometimes even several. Inside misty spot, called the head of the comet, sometimes shows a relatively bright nucleus, like a star. In fact the nucleus of the comet is a big lump of frozen gases, within which solid particles and a variety of sizes, from fine dust to large rocky masses. Continue reading

Space flight to the ISS

Space is what surrounds us far beyond planet Earth. In this small, thought the word so many mysterious and the unknown, what people have failed so far to understand. That is why the theme of the Universe (also called space) is so popular today. People don’t appreciate the opportunity to look daily at the magnificent beauty of the sky and stars, because not everyone knows about what is happening away from our eyes. Those who are still concerned about the cosmic Universe, pay dizzying sums of money for space flight. To look at the Earth from the height of the spacecraft, or to look at the bright flame of the stars of the Sun some people would pay from their pockets is really a lot of money, so no wonder why flights into space have become so popular. In this regard, entrepreneurial company several times a year organize cosmocore. One of the main reasons why “travellers” tend to visit the unknown spaces, in spite of serious physical training, is to get a lot of impressions and emotions. The longest space mission lasts up to 10 days, during which tourists arrive at the International Space Station. An interesting fact is that the path to the ISS lasts 2 times longer than back – all blagodarnyy of attraction of the Earth. To take a tour in space is still a difficult task for professionals but in a short time to humanity and it will be.

To get off the Ground and lifted up their galaxy may every inhabitant on this planet who is willing to undergo serious physical training, and, of course, to part with a certain amount of money. To departure do not require a visa or passport for more. But one who resides in the territory of the Russian Federation, it is necessary to legalize papers to arrive to the launch site, the Baikonur cosmodrome near Kazakhstan. The Russians are much more fortunate as visas, passports and stuff they need. Continue reading

The structure of the Solar system

Hello dear readers! In this post we will talk about the structure of the Solar system. I think you just need to know where in the Universe is our planet, and what else is in our Solar system besides planets.

Our planet Earth is part of the system of planets and other celestial bodies that rotate around a star called the Sun. The solar system is one of many such systems in the Universe .

The solar system is a system of cosmic bodies, which in addition to the Central luminary – the Sun, nine major planets, their satellites, the numerous small planets, comets, space dust and small meteoroids that move in the field pre-emption gravitational action of the Sun.

In the middle of the sixteenth century was uncovered the General structure of the Solar system Polish astronomer Nicholas Copernicus. He disproved the idea that the Earth is the center of the Universe and substantiate the presentation of the motion of planets around the Sun. This model of the Solar system was called the heliocentric. Continue reading

Through thorns to the stars
For the first time people looked up do not romantic, but pragmatic goals on 23 March 1881. Strangely enough, the idea of flying in space came to Nikolai Kibalchich in…

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Space flight to the ISS
Space is what surrounds us far beyond planet Earth. In this small, thought the word so many mysterious and the unknown, what people have failed so far to understand. That…

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Astronomers found ethyl alcohol in the tail of comet Lovejoy
Moscow. October 26. An international team of astronomers led by specialists from the Paris Observatory found in the gas tail of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 21 the presence of complex…

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