Category: Astronomy

Nightsky Glory and Sasanid Era

Sasanian architecture hit a peak in its development during the Sassanid era. In many ways the Sasanian Empire period (224-651 CE) witnessed the highest achievement of Persian civilization, and Organize the last great pre-Islamic Persian Empire before the Muslim conquest. As a matter of fact, part of Sasanian architecture was adopted by Muslims and became part of Islamic architecture. Almost 1700 years passed from the year which this Sassanid Palace…

The First Image of a Black Hole

Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. This long-sought image provides the strongest evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes and opens a new…

Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day is an annual event held in different countries around the world; intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. This event has been held since 1973 by Doug Berger; the President of the Astronomical Association in Northern California of the United States. His goal was to set up various telescopes in the crowded parts of the city to…

Destinations (Astronomy)

Iran is a country with different sorts of climates. From deserts to dense forests and from the snowy mountains like Damavand to the tall sand dunes in the Lut desert. Astronomical destinations Night sky gazers and amateur astronomers are keen about the dark night skies and starry nights in the country. Fortunately, they are able to find different locations with amazing night skies. Tourists can also enjoy the starry night. I…

Useful Information (Astronomy)

Night sky: the word that is the source of peace and serenity for the majority of people. It would be more attractive and more tranquil if you had some information about what you see. Useful information about astronomy I will mention several facts that can make people more curious and make you happier whenever see the night sky. There are 88 constellations in the night sky which date back to a…

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Light Pollution

Less than 100 years ago, everyone had a chance to look up and see a spectacular starry night sky with millions of Stars but Nowadays, millions of children across the world will never experience the Milky Way where they live. The widespread and increased use of artificial light at night is not only impairing our view of the universe, but it is also unfavorably affecting our environment, our energy consumption,…

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Big Sister for Earth Found in Neighboring System

An exoplanet barely three times the mass of Earth has been discovered by an international team of astronomers including from Geneva. It is the third-closest exoplanet to our solar system.  Examining the atmospheres of exoplanets (planets outside the solar system), especially those resembling the Earth, is one of the main goals of astronomy. This is even harder when the planet is small, said the University of Geneva (UNIGE). “In the…

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Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship Two Just Made Its Second Trip to Space

On Friday, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo flew in space for the second time, taking off from Mojave, California, after days of weather delay. SpaceShipTwo took off at 8:07 a.m. PST carrying two pilots, a crewmember, and a nearly full weight of science projects from NASA. Unlike most spaceflights that fire rockets from the ground, SpaceShipTwo is carried on the belly of a plane named WhiteKnightTwo before being released to propel itself…

Astronomy in Iran

The Definition of Astronomy Astronomy is the study of location, changes, physical and chemical characteristics of spatial phenomena such as stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena such as northern lights in which the source is from outer space. Astronomy is also closely related to sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, and Cosmology. Astronomical Attractions of Iran: The Museum of Time This building belongs to the Qajar period and encompasses tools…

The History of Astronomy in Iran

The astronomical view of ancient Persians was affected by two different schools of thought. One was Avestan which was intermingled with religion. The other which had a rather scientific structure and in later periods especially Greek sciences had an impact on the Sassanids. The basis of Zoroastrian and Avestan astronomy probably goes back to Pre-Achaemenid era. Because in Avestan astronomy the moon is located more distant than other stars and…