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The Planets and Moons of Star Wars to Scale

The Planets and Moons of Star Wars to Scale

I like Star Wars, Star Wars is set in space, my website is about space, hence I made a Star Wars thing for the website. The graphic shows all the planets and moons seen in the original (theatrical) trilogy to scale alongside the two Death Stars for good measure. The sizes of the various bodies […]

Planet Orbits

Planet Orbits

An orbit is the path an object takes in space as it revolves around another object. While a planet travels in one direction, it is also affected by the Sun’s gravity causing it to take a curved route that eventually brings it back to its starting point. This complete revolution equates to a single orbit. […]

Pluto Size, Composition, Distance from Sun & Moons

Pluto Size, Composition, Distance from Sun & Moons

Size: The New Horizons mission has verified that Pluto is the largest of the dwarf planets with a diameter 2,370 kilometres give or take a 20 km margin of error. Composition: There is still lot to learn from New Horizons about Pluto’s exact internal structure, but we know it is comprised of water ice around […]

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 […]

Diagram Archive

Diagram Archive

As the site is updated, diagrams and visualisations get replaced with new shinier versions, I thought it would be nice to keep an archive as a reminder of how the designs have changed. Also included are some images that never made it to the site but are still interesting enough to warrant being included on […]

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. […]

How Big is the Sun? 1.3 Million Earths Visualised

How Big is the Sun? 1.3 Million Earths Visualised

The Sun is large enough that approximately 1.3 million Earths could fit inside (if squashed in) or if the Earths retained their spherical shape then 960,000 would fit. But can you visualise that number of Earths? Get Started 1 100 1,000 Jupiter’s volume is roughly equal to 1,321 Earths, though Jupiter’s mass is equal to […]