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New Horizons Mission & Spacecraft Facts

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is on a mission to collect data and images of the dwarf planet Pluto, its surrounding moons and other objects in the Kuiper Belt. An earlier mission, named the Pluto Kuiper Express, was cancelled by NASA in 2000 due to funding issues, yet six years later the New Horizons mission was launched. Mission […]

Dawn Mission & Spacecraft Facts

Dawn Mission & Spacecraft Facts

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on a mission to explore the two largest objects in the asteroid belt the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, gathering data relating to their composition, internal structure, density and shape. The main objectives of the mission are to gather data to aid further understanding of the role that size and water […]

Ceres & Pluto Dwarf Planet Gifs

Ceres & Pluto Dwarf Planet Gifs

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. […]

An Introduction to Backyard Observatories

An Introduction to Backyard Observatories

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. […]

Planet and Solar System Gifs

Planet and Solar System Gifs

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 […]

Comet ISON Facts

Comet ISON Facts

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 […]

Comparing Planets, Moons and Dwarf Planets in Google

Comparing Planets, Moons and Dwarf Planets in Google

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 […]

NASA.gov Alternatives During the Government Shutdown

NASA.gov Alternatives During the Government Shutdown

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 […]