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“Star Of Epiphany” sci-fi novel published

My first novel, “Star Of Epiphany” has been published. It is a science fiction story about Earth being threatened by a giant comet and how humanity reacts to the need to evacuate the planet. https://www.amazon.com/Star-Epiphany-Omar-Fink-ebook/dp/B07RGCC8SW/

“STAR OF EPIPHANY” sample chapter

Here is the first chapter of my new science fiction novel, “STAR OF EPIPHANY”. The entire novel will be published soon on Amazon. Enjoy: “STAR OF EPIPHANY SAMPLE CHAPTER1-APR01 (PDF file)”

Niku Is A Rebel From The Oort Cloud

Niku Is A Rebel From The Oort Cloud

Niku is an object that orbits our Sun, but at a great enough distance to be considered a “trans-neptunian object”. Objects with an average orbital distance from the Sun greater than the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU), earn this tag. Niku is likely to be a chunk of rock, but it might also contain […]

The Difference Between Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets

Ceres was discovered in 1801 as the first asteroid. Pluto was discovered in 1930 as the ninth planet in the Solar System. But recently, it was reclassified as a “dwarf planet”. Let’s take a look at how the classification works for asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets: Asteroid – a mostly rocky object that is smaller […]

Objects in Space Beyond Neptune

Objects in Space Beyond Neptune

Pluto was once categorized as a planet, because we didn’t have a clear definition of what a planet is and because the objects we called planets were basically all the large objects we found orbiting the Sun. But then things changed. Around the year 2000, a team of astronomers headed by Mike Brown began discovering […]

21 Lutetia

21 Lutetia is a main belt asteroid, about 100 kilometers in diameter and classified spectrally as M-type or metallic. Rosetta is a space probe that will fly by 21 Lutetia in July of 2010. Rosetta was launched in 2004 and is on a mission to investigate a comet in 2014. On the way to that […]

Asteroid Collision

It is possible (but not yet confirmed) that astronomers have observed a collision in the asteroid belt for the first time. Mystery Object Behaves Both Like a Comet and Asteroid – [discovery.com] Something awfully curious is happening 250 million miles away in the asteroid belt. Astronomers think they may be witnessing a never-before-seen collision between […]

Oort Cloud

In 1950, Dutch astronomer Jan Oort (building on an idea originated by Ernst Opik) proposed that a hypothetical and massive cloud of comets that orbit far from the center of our solar system might explain why comets don’t seem to originate from deep space and often have an outer orbital edge about 20-50,000 AUs from […]

Kuiper Belt

Discovered in 1992, the Kuiper Belt is a large expanse of space just outside the edge of our solar system that contains a large number of small objects. This belt is similar to the asteroid belt, but is much larger, much farther away and may contain more frozen water and volatile gases than the metallic […]