Ceres will be the first dwarf planet seen up close when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrives on March 6th 2015. For now it has taken photos for navigational purposes however these still rival the quality of the best images previously taken of Ceres by the Hubble space telescope.
Inspired by @spaceplasma’s solar system gifs I have had a go at a few of my own (completely ripped them off) for a few of solar system objects that were missed out; the dwarf planets Pluto & Ceres. Thanks to @spaceplasma for pointing me in the direction of the right font and embarrassing errors in the planet profiles. […]
The blog has been taken over by my friend Mark to talk about building an observatory in your garden and then using it as an excuse to not spend time with your family, if this is the sort of thing you’re into why not check out ManCaved.com for other ‘manly’ ideas for your domestic getaway. […]
Someone, specifically @SpacePlasma, has created a fantastic set of set of gifs on their tumblr using the planet profiles from from Space Facts and they are pretty incredible as you can see below. Click on any image to go to the original post. It’s fantastic when someone take a little thing you did and create […]
What is a Comet? Comets are comprised of ice, rock and frozen gases like carbon monoxide left over from the formation of the solar system. Discovery Comet ISON was discovered by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok on the 21st September 2012, two amateur Russian astronomers. AU) from the Sun. From the Comet’s trajectory it was […]
I noticed the other day that it’s now possible to compare different planets, moons and dwarf planets when searching in Google. I’m not sure how long this has been around or if it’s a new feature or not but I haven’t seen anyone else mention it. I’ve experimented with a couple of searches and recorded […]
While the American federal government is shut down one of the many casualties is NASA.gov. There are numerous fantastic resources that are now completely inaccessible (except via use of archive.org, which has some problems with the newer homepage) including information on the past and current missions, images, news and astronomy information. This is a massive […]
On the July 19th NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took 323 separate images of Saturn one set of these captured the Earth as viewed from the dark side of Saturn at a distance of 1.44 billion km, the Earth is the blue dot to the centre right of the image. The separate images will eventually be released as […]