Category: Space

What is the Herschel crater?

Mimas, Saturn’s closest moon, looks like the Death Star with its massive impact crater Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI Of Saturn’s major moons, Mimas is the closest to the planet at 185,520 kilometres away. The moon...

7 Creepy worlds across the 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...

Life, Cosmos and Neil deGrasse Tyson

40 years since the original iconic series hit our television screens, Cosmos is back. We catch up with host Neil deGrasse Tyson about the new series Image credit: Stewart Volland/National Geographic Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse...

How might space elevators work?

The idea of a lift to destinations beyond Earth’s atmosphere has been dreamt of by scientists for over a century Image credit: Getty Images Travelling into space, a prospect which once seemed an almost...

What happens to the body in space?

Preventing organ damage and boiling blood, spacesuits protect astronauts from the deadly conditions of an icy vacuum (Image source: Pixabay) The human body, while perfectly suited to conditions on Earth, wouldn’t fare quite so...

The life of Neil Armstrong

On what would have been his 90th birthday, discover the legacy of the first man on the Moon (Image source: NASA) Armstrong’s interest in flying began at a very early age. His father took...

The difference between redshift and blueshift

How does this weird phenomenon help us study the distant universe? The Andromeda Galaxy is moving towards us, so its light is blueshifted (Image credit: Adam Evans) If you’ve ever heard a police car...

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...