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Celestial Cocktail #7: The Ice Giant

Celestial Cocktail #7: The Ice Giant

We all knew someone growing up whose unfortunate name made us wonder what his or her parents were thinking. I always felt this way about Uranus. This is a celestial body, the third largest in the solar system and beautifully blue in color, yet it continues to be the one planet everyone is hesitant to even mention. let alone say is their favorite. It was named by a German astronomer, Johann Elert Bode, and we do actually know what he was thinking. Since Saturn was the mythological father of Jupiter,

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Celestial Cocktail #6: Encircle Me

Celestial Cocktail #6: Encircle Me

I can remember the first time I became aware of the fact that there were planets out there in space other than the one we lived on. It was a fascinating subject for me, and one that I could hardly fathom at times because of the sheer magnitude of it all. For me, there was no planet that was more captivating than Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, second largest, and, almost without question, the most beautiful of them all. Saturn is a gas giant, much like Jupiter, so it has no solid surface, but

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Celestial Cocktail #5: The Storm King

Celestial Cocktail #5: The Storm King

Named after the Roman god who ruled the universe, Jupiter is the largest celestial body in our solar system other than the Sun itself. It is eleven times wider than Earth, so if our planet were the size of a nickel, Jupiter would be as big as a basketball. It has the shortest rotational period of all the planets, with each day clocking in at just shy of 10 hours. A Starbucks on Jupiter would double its sales volume! Its year, however, is something quite different: it takes 4,333 Earth days for Jupiter to

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Celestial Cocktail #1: Go Swiftly

Celestial Cocktail #1: Go Swiftly

I’m very excited to bring you a new cocktail series today that centers around the planets in the solar system. We’ll begin with Mercury, which is a perfect place to start since it just came out of retrograde yesterday and made our lives much easier. I’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s begin with some of things we all know. Mercury is the innermost planet, or the one that’s closest to the sun, and it’s also the smallest. In relative terms of size, if the sun were a 6-foot circle, the Earth would be the size of a

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