Space & Astronomy Blog

Planets in the Solar System Gifs

Planets in the 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 […]

Photos of the Earth from Saturn, Mercury, Mars & Deep Space

Photos of the Earth from Saturn, Mercury, Mars & Deep Space

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 […]

The Top 5 Interactive Space & Astronomy Visualisations

The Top 5 Interactive Space & Astronomy Visualisations

Here’s a list of my 5 favourite interactive space visualisations that are both fantastically put together and visualise a particularly cool aspect of space or astronomy, I hope you like them. OMG Space – A scrolling map of the Solar System, beginning with the Sun at the top of the page and ending with Eris […]

Commander Hadfield’s ISS Tweets (Facts and Graphic!)

Commander Hadfield’s ISS Tweets (Facts and Graphic!)

Commander Chris Hadfield’s Twitter account has provided some fantastic moments from the nearly 6 month he has spent in space most recently with the unforgettable Space Oddity. As something a little different I have taken a look at the top words from the 1,553(ish) tweets he made while on the ISS which are visualised in the image […]

The Ultimate List of Films Set in Space or on Other Planets

The Ultimate List of Films Set in Space or on Other Planets

I have come to the conclusion that not nearly enough films are set in space, I also have a feeling I have seen most of the films that are. To prove myself wrong I have compiled a list of every film that is mostly set in space or another planet. I’ve linked to the Amazon DVD/Blu-Ray […]