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Space Phenomena

Events in space are among the most intriguing and awesome of all phenomena. Space phenomena can be defined as naturally occurring events that are caused by the vacuum of space, contained within space or directly result from an event within space.

Asteroid. A broad and diverse group of rocks in space that were little studied by astronomers until the mid-twentieth century. A major 'belt' of asteroids exists between Mars and Jupiter, and divides the solar system into the terrestrial group of planets and the gasseous giants.

Comet. These "dirty snowballs" were once believed to be harbingers of doom or fortune. Unlocking their secrets helped scientists of the renaissance era to hone and prove their mathematical models.

Exoplanet. Planets located in solar systems and orbiting stars other than our own. There have been a substantial number of exoplanets discovered in the past few years by astronomers, utilizing improved detection methods and telescopes.

Galaxy. Enormous structures in space that are home to millions upon millions of stars and solar systems. They come in different shapes and varieties, and are among the most beautiful astronmoical phenomena to be seen.

Gamma Ray Burst.

Nebula. Sometimes referred to as molecular clouds, these enormous regions of space consisting of dust, hydrogen, helium, and other gasses. Thousands of protostars may form from certain types of nebulae.

Supernova. Massive and powerful implosions and explosions that are the climactic finale of certain types of stars. Some stars are so massive that their implosions cause their own atoms to collapse.

Pulsar. Extremely dense neutron stars that rotate extremely fast.

Quasar.

Star. There are various types of stars, from brown dwarfs to red giants. Most are categorized as main sequence stars. Stars have a dynamic life and are the reason life exists on Earth and perhaps elsewhere.