Category: Space

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...

How are stars classified?

From white dwarfs to red giants, discover how astronomers have categorised the cosmos Within our galaxy alone there are over 100 billion stars, so how do astronomers keep track of what’s what in the...

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...