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2012 October | cymVolon - Part 2

Archive for October, 2012

Dwarf-Planet (Ceres)

Asteroid belt: Ceres

Ceres, formally 1 Ceres, is the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System, and the largest asteroid. It is a rock–ice body 950 km (590 mi) in diameter, and though the smallest identified dwarf planet, it constitutes a third of the mass of the asteroid belt. Discovered on 1 January 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi, [...]


Solar System: Dwarf planets

A dwarf planet, as defined by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), is a celestial body in direct orbit of the Sun that is massive enough that its shape is controlled by gravitational forces rather than mechanical forces (and is thus an ellipsoid), but has not cleared the neighboring region of other objects. More explicitly, it [...]


Solar System: Trans-Neptunian object (TNO)

A trans-Neptunian object (TNO; also written transneptunian object) is any object in the Solar System that orbits the Sun at a greater average distance (semi-major axis) than Neptune. The first trans-Neptunian object to be discovered was Pluto in 1930. It took until 1992 to discover a second trans-Neptunian object orbiting the Sun directly, (15760) 1992 [...]

Dwarf-Planet (Pluto)

Kuiper Belt: Pluto

Pluto, formal designation 134340 Pluto, is the second-most-massive known dwarf planet in the Solar System (after Eris) and the tenth-most-massive body observed directly orbiting the Sun. Originally classified as the ninth planet from the Sun, Pluto was recategorized as a dwarf planet and plutoid owing to the discovery that it is only one of several [...]

Anticythera Mechanism

George Banos: Mechanism of Anticythera (Contents)

Mechanism of Anticythera by George Banos George Banos, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and past Dean of Univercity of Ioannina, talk down to the people about the famous Mechanism of Anticythera.


Solar System: Inner planets

The four inner or terrestrial planets have dense, rocky compositions, few or no moons, and no ring systems. They are composed largely of refractory minerals, such as the silicates, which form their crusts and mantles, and metals such as iron and nickel, which form their cores.


Geography: Stonehenge (England)

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the [...]


England (United Kingdom)

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, while the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separate [...]


9-ball matches (Index)

Nine-ball (sometimes written 9-ball) is a contemporary form of pool (pocket billiards), with historical beginnings rooted in the United States and traceable to the 1920s. The game may be played in social and recreational settings by any number of players (generally one-on-one) and subject to whatever rules are agreed upon beforehand, or in league and [...]


Archaeology: 12,000 year-old unexplained structure

Amazing find (History Chanel documentary) in what is now Turkey, 12,000 year-old circular city. Twice as old as any city in Mesopotamia. The Germans are excavating it. No stone-cutting tools used.

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