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Largest Earthquake Ever Recorded

The largest earthquake ever recorded took place in Valdivia, Chile on the evening of May 22, 1960.  The U.S. Geological Survey explains that it reached a magnitude of 9.5 on the Richter scale (the energy equivalent of 10+18 joules) and spanned roughly 1,000 kilometers of land (10+04) from Lebu to Puerto Aisen. The earthquake left [...]

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Scale of the Universe

As many of you know, Charles and Ray’s film Powers of Ten takes the viewer on an adventure of magnitudes. It is a journey that shouldn’t be missed. This blog, which is based on the Eameses’ film, is another way to look at the relative size of things in the universe.  It explores powers of [...]

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(Magnitude -)4.5 (for Venus)

Magnitude is a very important detail about meteors. From American Meteor Society:  “In meteor astronomy the magnitude of a meteor is compared to that of other stars in the sky. The magnitude scale is set up so that the brighter magnitudes are actually represented by smaller numbers.”  The sun has a magnitude of -26.7 while [...]

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