Category: Space

Did life come from comets?

Mounting evidence suggests our origins may have been out of this world How life on Earth began is a mystery. It is not clear whether the building blocks for life arose on our planet...

The science and tech of Doctor Who

From the Daleks to Dyson spheres, discover the science and tech behind the Time Lord The Doctor has always stretched the boundaries of space and time, literally. Since it first hit the TV screens...

What is the Moon made of?

The Moon’s violent history has led to its rather colourful present Regardless of what Wallace and Gromit may have told their viewers, the Moon is not made of cheese. The fifth largest moon in...

Is the Christmas star real?

Arguably one of the most talked about astronomical events throughout history, was the star of Bethlehem even really a star? It’s said to have guided three magi, or wise men, to the birth of...

Cosmic Mysteries: Is the universe a hologram?

Startling theories suggest we’re a projection on a 2D plane It sounds a bit bizarre – an idea that our three-dimensional universe might be a projection on two-dimensional space. And it is bizarre. But...

What is airglow?

The science behind the phenomena that causes the sky to glow in a rainbow of colours (Image credit: European Southern Observatory) Airglow is a photochemical reaction in the Earth’s atmosphere caused by electronically excited...

Spotting near-Earth asteroids

Could you be the one who discovers the next asteroid making its way towards Earth? Searching the skies The night sky is already abundant with faint specks of light, but somewhere among them is...

Creepy cosmos

The universe is a weird and wonderful place, but some of the strange new worlds we’ve discovered are far from welcoming… Doomed planet Planet: Wasp-12b Discovered: 2008 Distance from Earth: 1,400 lightyears Similar to...

Animal astronauts

Meet Laika – the first animal in orbit – and the other 9 space pioneering species that paved the way for human spaceflight.