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Thank you for visiting the Online Star Register Blog. Here we share the latest news with you about the OSR gifts, our apps and about what we love most: the universe and the stars!

The Maunder Minimum

- 17 March 2017

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Have you ever wondered what causes our climate to warm and cool? Do you remember the last time it was cold for several days in a row? Were you able to travel easily? Did you find yourself dressing in layers? Scientists know that our Sun produces sunspots. Do they affect our climate? Read on to find out what scientists think.

Volcanoes In Outer Space

- 17 March 2017

Volcanoes are formed on Earth when two tectonic plates collide. Without tectonic plates how would a volcano form? Is it still possible? If so, what would cause the volcano to form? Read on to find out about volcanoes in space.

Photographing a Black Hole

- 10 March 2017

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Have you ever tried to take a picture of something at night? Were you able to see the image clearly in your photograph? Have you ever tried to take a photograph of something a mile away? How about 26,000 light years away? Scientists want to take special pictures of a black hole next month, but they will need a camera as big as the Earth. How will they accomplish this task? Read on to find out how they plan to take pictures of a black hole.

The Water Bearer Reveals 7 New Planets

- 10 March 2017

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Remember the time you met a new friend? It was exciting to find out what you both had in common. Recently scientists discovered some new planets that may be similar to our planet. Do you think they will look like the Earth? Will life be able to survive there? Read on to find out about these 7 new planets and what they may have in common with Earth.

Be Sure to Eat Your Fruits and Veggies In Outer Space

- 3 March 2017

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Have you ever grown a garden of vegetables? What are some of your favorite vegetables to eat? How about fruit? What are some of your favorite fruits to eat? In space it is hard to grow vegetables and fruits. How do scientists solve this problem? Read on to find out more about growing vegetables and fruit in space.

Everyone Can Be A Star!

- 2 March 2017

Showcased at the centre of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is an emission-line star known as IRAS 12196-6300. Located just under 2300 light-years from Earth, this star displays prominent emission lines, meaning that the star’s light, dispersed into a spectrum, shows up as a rainbow of colours marked with a characteristic pattern of dark and bright lines. The characteristics of these lines, when compared to the “fingerprints” left by particular atoms and molecules, can be used to reveal IRAS 12196-6300’s chemical composition. Under 10 million years old and not yet burning hydrogen at its core, unlike the Sun, this star is still in its infancy. Further evidence of IRAS 12196-6300’s youth is provided by the presence of reflection nebulae. These hazy clouds, pictured floating above and below IRAS 12196-6300, are created when light from a star reflects off a high concentration of nearby dust, such as the dusty material still remaining from IRAS 12196-6300’s formation.

Scientists have made a new discovery. Looking out across the Milky Way, they have discovered that stars contain these same elements which are present in human beings. How were they able to find this out? What tools did they use? Is it indeed true that we are all made of starstuff? Read on to find out!

Columba – Constellation Facts

- 23 February 2017

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Columba derives its name from Latin meaning, “the dove”; its original name was, Columba Noachi (“Noah’s dove”). It lies in the first quadrant of the Southern hemisphere and is located specifically between latitudes of +45° and -90°. Along with other constellations, Columba was first catalogued in the 2nd century by, Ptolemy, a Greek astronomer.

Beta Andromedae – Star Facts

- 22 February 2017

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Beta Andromedae has a traditional name of Mirach which is derived loosely from the Arabic language (mizar) meaning ‘girdle’. This refers to the placement of the star on the left hip of Andromeda, in which it makes up part of an asterism in this constellation. It also shines approximately 1,900 times that of the Sun.