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Key Astro Vocabulary

Published onSep 12, 2022
Key Astro Vocabulary

Black hole: A dense, compact object whose gravitational pull is so strong that — within a certain distance of it — nothing can escape, not even light. 

Galaxy: A system of stars, gas, dust and dark matter all held together by gravity. Our home galaxy is the Milky Way.

Light year: The distance that light, moving at a constant speed of 300,000 km/s, travels in one year. One light year is about 10 trillion kilometers.

Star: A glowing ball of gas held together by its own gravity and powered by nuclear fusion in its core. 

Supernova: Explosive death of a star -- one of the most energetic events of the universe and may temporarily outshine the rest of the galaxy in which it resides.

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