Category: Space

How are planets made?

Discover how the dust and gas swirling around a newly formed star coalesces into a planetary system Planet formation is a spinoff – literally – of star formation. Stars are born in interstellar space,...

5 strange theories about the universe

Why is the universe the way it is? Over the years, scientists have explored many ways to explain the cosmos, leading to some crazy-sounding ideas… Image source: Pixabay 1. The Big Splat  In the...

Determining the size of the universe

Measuring the enormity of space is a task best left to the professionals – and even they don’t know! Image source: Pixabay The universe is a vast space that is simply incomprehensible to the...

Meet the Mars Starship

How this prototype space vehicle could one day take humans to the Red Planet Image credit: SpaceX The US company SpaceX has made no secret of its ultimate goal to send humans to Mars....

Hubble Space Telescope turns 30

Image credit: NASA Launched back in 1990 by the space shuttle Discovery, the Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting Earth for three decades, peering into the great unknown of space. From captures the growing...

What is the Oort Cloud?

Discover the home of comets An Oort Cloud comet (Image credit: Mkfairdpm) The Oort Cloud is a giant sphere of icy cometary nuclei that surrounds our solar system. Its maximum distance is 1.9 light...

5 NASA inventions in your home

Image credit: © Future Bound by its motto ‘for the benefit of all’, since its formation NASA has had an obligation to foster and transfer its technological and scientific breakthroughs to the public and...

What is Olympus Mons?

The tallest mountain and the largest volcano in the solar system Mars has many interesting features, but none so striking as Olympus Mons. Astronomers believe the mountain formed fairly recently in the planet’s geologic...

Everything you need to know about Uranus

Seventh planet from the Sun, third-largest and fourth most massive in the solar system. Uranus was the first planet to be discovered by telescope Four times the size of Earth and capable of containing...

Heroes of Space: Katherine Johnson

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” From a very...