Retro designs appeal to us, in part, because they remind us of past times in a positive and sentimental way. It’s especially enjoyable when a design evokes a bygone era, but it’s packed with all the bells and whistles we expect of the most recent innovations. Such is the case with the newest rocket from…
Starhopper22nd January 2019
2008 KV42: “Drac”28th December 2018
In our last installment, we looked at the trans-Neptunian object (TNO) Niku, and its nearly perpendicular, retrograde orbit. Although such objects are rare, there are others—in fact, we know of six so far. One in particular, Drac, is often mentioned in the same breath with Niku because their orbital paths are similar in some ways….
Niku: Going Against the Flow21st November 2018
In general, objects in our solar system all orbit in the same direction. When viewed from the celestial North pole, that direction is counter-clockwise. Most celestial bodies in our solar system also orbit in roughly the same plane, and most astronomers think this is due to angular forces present when the solar system was formed….