Astronomers dedicated significant time and resources to studying the planets as deep-space exploration ramped up in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Read on for an entertaining (and true) story on the Soviets, the morals of society, and astronomy.
What is a solar flare? Flares are spikes in emission from the Sun, energy unleashed (we’re fairly sure) when magnetic field lines suddenly reconnect. Read more about them and watch fascinating videos in this online extra to our November 2015 cover story.
So when astrologers talk about tides linking us to the planets, they're babbling pathetic woo.