New Horizons: Pluto’s secrets revealed by NASA flyby

The debate surrounding Pluto’s size has finally been settled, according to brand new results returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Pluto has been found to be about 2.370 kilometres (1,473 miles) in diameter, making it somewhat larger than previous estimates … Continued

Apollo 11 Lander

NASA’s Apollo 11: How the Lander Module worked

The Lander, also known as the Lunar Module (LM), was a two-stage craft built to separate from the Apollo Command and Service Module, and then travel to and from the moon’s surface. It first landed on the moon on 20 … Continued


NASA unveil new Pluto photos from New Horizons

The New Horizons spacecraft just keeps on giving, providing us with this new photo of a close up near to Pluto’s equator. This is the first ever close up image of Pluto’s surface, and details a young, icy mountain range … Continued


Pluto: What we know about the dwarf planet so far

The astronomer Percival Lowell predicted the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune. Lowell failed to find Planet X in his lifetime, but Clyde Tombaugh – using the Lowell Observatory in Arizona – confirmed … Continued


Asteroids: The ultimate guide to killer space rocks

Asteroids are small solar system bodies (SSSBs) that fall between the size of a planet and the size of a meteoroid. Ranging from just a few hundred centimetres to a few hundred kilometres in diameter, asteroids are made of rocks and … Continued

Asteroids hitting Earth

Is an asteroid going to hit Earth?

It’s Asteroid Day, and our friends at All About Space magazine have asked asteroid researcher Professor Alan Fitzsimmonds 5 questions about the threat space rocks pose to life on Earth, how we detect potential Earth-trajectory planet-killers and what we can do about them. Here … Continued

Black hole

Top 5 Facts: Black holes

A black hole is a region of space containing, at its centre, matter compressed into a point of infinite density called a singularity (an area where spacetime curvature becomes infinite), which itself is surrounded by a sphere of space where the … Continued

Solar system

Top 5 Facts: The solar system

The solar system formed about 4.6 billion years ago, when part of a giant molecular cloud experienced a gravitational collapse. The centre became the Sun, which comprises more than 99 per cent of the solar system’s total mass. The rest of … Continued

Space Shuttle

Why was the Space Shuttle retired?

Sadly the Space Shuttle turned out to be just too dangerous. The disasters that destroyed the Challenger shuttle on launch in 1986, and the Columbia on re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere in 2003, were both caused by damage to the main orbiter … Continued

Dark matter

What exactly is dark matter?

By measuring the motion of stars in our galaxy and others, astronomers can tell that galaxies in general contain much more mass than can be accounted for by their visible stars, gas and dust. In fact, normal, or baryonic, matter (essentially … Continued


Is there life on Mars?

Mars looks to be the best candidate for our next home, but can anything currently survive on the surface of the Red Planet? Find the answer with our latest video! Find the answer to more curious questions in How It Works magazine. Order it … Continued


NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25th anniversary

On 24 April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, but straight away it was obvious that something was wrong. The images being sent back were disappointingly blurry, and it was soon discovered that a tiny … Continued


Can anything withstand the immense heat of the Sun?

The Sun is surrounded by a layer of plasma which extends millions of miles into space, in some places reaching up to 3 million degrees Celsius (5.4 million degrees Fahrenheit). There are no known materials that can exist as solids, … Continued


Top 5 Facts: The Moon

1) Nobody owns it There are US flags and Soviet pennants on the Moon but they are purely symbolic. The Outer Space Treaty gives the Moon the same status as international waters. 2) Man in the Moon The stark contrasts … Continued

Solar eclipse

Solar eclipse 2015: The facts you need to know

On 20 March, the UK will experience one of nature’s most amazing spectacles, a solar eclipse. This happens when the Moon moves in front of the Sun for a few minutes, blocking its light and underneath the Moon’s shadow darkness falls. … Continued


Top 5 Facts: Venus

1) Venus has phases like a moon When closest to the Earth, Venus appears bright and crescent-shaped. When it is further away, the planet is dim and round. 2) It rotates backwards Venus has a retrograde, or west to east, rotation. This … Continued


Discover how astronauts survive the perils of space

Ever wondered what life in space is actually like?   Since Yuri Gagarin became the first man to leave earth in 1961, the life of an astronaut has changed drastically.   The Book of Astronauts is the latest digital book … Continued

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