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  Purpose

This website is meant to be an accessible hub for everyone to explore the various facets that astronomy has to offer. Read my blog to get the latest information about cool space phenomenon, packaged accessibly for maximum understanding. Head on over to see the astronomy picture of the day and be prepared to be wowed by the beauty of deep space. Delve into the rich history of astronomy and read about the people that made it that way: from the eccentric Brahe to the captivating Einstein, there’s a fascinating story for everyone!

If you find a newfound love for astronomy, head on over to the “How to Get Involved” page to see what you can do locally. This site is meant to be a sampling platter for everything that astronomy has to offer; I’ll make sure to attach links to all my posts for more relevant information, and I’ll keep recommendations for where to go on the home page as well.

So, just dive in! Enjoy the sights! And be sure to spread the awareness about astronomy wherever you can; the skies will love you as much as you love them.

About Me

My name is Pranet Sharma. I am a high school student in North Carolina. And, as I’m sure that you can tell, I love astronomy! My passion is to learn more about the skies—through the various research I’m involved in—while also sharing that knowledge far and wide. I am passionate about scouting; I am an Eagle Scout and a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in my Troop.  In my spare time, you’ll find me volunteering at the science museum, reading, watching and analyzing film, talking about philosophy, hiking, swimming, eating, cooking, and playing the piano. I will always be accessible through email if you have any questions. Clear skies!

  Blog Posts

Cataclysmic Variable Stars

Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. As the passage of times proceeds onwards—and more and more people get vaccinated and follow guidelines for COVID—the number of cases and concurrent deaths continue to decrease. This news serves as the light at the end of the tunnel for several people trapped in circumstances by the onset of COVID; we can now have hope that the world will return to normal as soon as can be expected. In light...

Mercury

Welcome back! I apologize for the extended hiatus from writing; it’s been an incredibly tumultuous time for me in terms of change. After 12 years of schooling, I have finally graduated, and am proud to be attending Yale University this fall where I hope to study physics along with computer science and economics (combining my love for the universe with my love for interdisciplinarity!) With decision-making, graduation, and so much more, my days...

Black Holes Redux

Welcome back! I am immensely happy to announce that this is the 50th blog post published on this website!!! It’s incredibly exciting to have come this far with y’all, and I couldn’t have done it without the incessant support, feedback, and optimism. I’m so grateful that you are all willing to simplify the skies as much as I am! Given that it is such a momentous occasion for this site, I felt that it was fitting to go back to the origin. I began...

The James Webb Space Telescope: Part II

Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. As the COVID climate of the country continually changes, it is essential to maintain safety. Especially during an especially virulent outbreak, our safety is in our hands, in the precautions that we take and the measures we use to constrain the spread of the virus. In such uncertain times—where certainty is forged by our actions!—it is often a fitting escape to look to the incredible science...

The James Webb Space Telescope: Part I

  Hi all! Welcome back after a longer break!! It’s great to see you all here, my dear readers, as we explore the intricacies of the cosmos and the vehicles to explore it into a new year. And on that note, Happy New Year! Here’s to a better 2022 than the past two years have been. To start off the new year, we’re going to be discussing a recent launch that excited astronomers and astrophysicists across the world. Move over, Hubble; it’s time for...

The Space Shuttle: Part IV

NOTE: All picture credits to NASA. Welcome back! I hope that you are all safe and doing well. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other. The whirlpool of application season has finally lulled, and I’m so excited to jump back into where we left off with our journey to low-Earth orbit in the Space Shuttle. We are now in our final stages of discussion regarding this amazing piece of engineering that shaped human spaceflight in the late 20th...

The Space Shuttle: Part III

NOTE: All image credits go to NASA Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. It’s been a while since we last met. The world has continued to turn, and COVID continues its sporadic grasp around the globe. Case numbers that were optimistically declining have begun to increase once more with the advent of the Delta variant of the virus. With the increased spread of the virus, it is important to continue masking up and taking necessary...

The Space Shuttle: Part II

NOTE: All image credits go to NASA. Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. The world continues to roil with international geopolitical events and the growing spread of the Delta variant of the pandemic. In times like these, hanging onto optimism—even a sliver of hope, the tiniest glitter of buoyancy—is essential.  In today’s blog post, we will be discussing the next leg of the Space Shuttle missions, ranging from the 1980s to the...

The Space Shuttle: Part I

NOTE: All image credits go to NASA Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. Optimism seems to be dissolving at the edges slightly as the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus surfaces around the world, causing case numbers in unvaccinated areas to increase. People are starting to worry about increasing levels of the pandemic once more. It is important in the face of these new developments to prioritize safety. Even vaccinated...

Project Apollo: Part IV

NOTE: All image credits go to NASA Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. We have finally arrived at the end of our journey through the Apollo missions. It’s been quite the voyage; through tragic starts, to smooth continuations, transitioning into choppy waters. However, land is finally in sight. In today’s post, we’ll be discussing the last few Apollo missions (including everyone’s favorite interplanetary vehicle, the moon...