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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 […]

Orbital Periods of the Planets

Orbital Periods of the Planets

How long are years on other planets? A year is defined as the time it takes a planet to complete one revolution of the Sun, for Earth this is just over 365 days. This is also known as the orbital period. Unsurprisingly the the length of each planet’s year correlates with its distance from the Sun as seen […]

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 […]

An Early History of Satellites

An Early History of Satellites

From the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 through to Magion 1 in 1978 there were a huge number of successful satellite launches by a wide variety of different countries and this graphic shows them off and describes what made each one special.

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 […]