Category: Space

What would plants look like on other planets?

How would forests on an alien planet survive and what might they look like? Image credit: © Caltech illustration by Doug Cummings It might seem like a concept straight out of a sci-fi movie,...

Inside the Christmas Tree Cluster

Scan the depths of our galaxy with a telescope and you may spot this festive cloud of star dust Among the many festivities of Christmas, trees with twinkling lights that line the streets and...

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...