Category: Space

Detecting life on Earth

To find life on other planets we may need to study our own Finding life on other worlds is one of the great endeavours of our time. We’ve found dozens of planets beyond our...

Heroes of Space: Tycho Brahe

Meet the man who coined the term ‘nova’ and calculated planetary motion before telescopes Few other naked-eye astronomers have plotted the movement of planets quite as accurately as Danish nobleman Tycho Brahe. His observations...

How do mountains form in space?

Everest has nothing on mighty peaks elsewhere in the Solar System… We marvel at Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet). Yet in comparison to some of the other...

Why is the Solar System flat?

How a matter-filled cloud turned into a flat, planetary system To find out why our Solar System is flat, we must first uncover its origins. Our Solar System formed from a huge, nebulous cloud...

What is the Perseid meteor shower?

Keep a look out for the annual meteor display that is hitting the sky. The Perseid meteor shower is one of amateur astronomy’s most awe-inspiring events. Every summer, from the middle of July to the end of...

The Solar System: What is a gravitational well?

How this invisible force shapes the universe While we are all familiar with gravity being the force that causes a dropped phone to clatter to the ground, Albert Einstein was the first to describe...

Science secrets of Apollo 11

Incredible feats of ingenuity made the 1969 Moon landing possible – many that you probably never knew about Fifty years ago this July, Apollo 11 carried three astronauts – commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module...

Top Tips: How to observe the moon

What can you see on the lunar surface with the naked eye or a telescope? Throughout human history, the Moon has been a fascinating target of observation. From its more mythical beginnings, we now...

Houston. We’ve had a problem

What happens when spacesuits go wrong? Alexei Leonov, 1965 After leaving the Voskhod 2 spacecraft to perform the first ever spacewalk, cosmonaut Alexei Leonov’s suit began to swell due to the pressure difference. Within...