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Uranus’ Moons & Shakespeare

Uranus’ Moons & Shakespeare

Uranus’ moons are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. To date 27 moons have been discovered around Uranus, those named after characters from Shakespeare include Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ariel (The Tempest), Miranda (The Tempest) and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Titania and […]

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 Width of Saturn’s Rings

The Width of Saturn’s Rings

The rings of Saturn are composed of billions of icy particles ranging in size from tiny grains to kilometres across. There are 14 major divisions in Saturn’s rings 12 rings and 2 gaps these are the D Ring, C Ring, B Ring, Cassini Division, A Ring, Roche Division, F Ring,  Janus/Epimetheus Ring, G Ring,  Methone Ring Arc, Anthe […]

Transparent Planet Pictures

Transparent Planet Pictures

These images are the original planet, sun and moon profile pictures I created for Space Facts before finalising on the current black background (removing the need for tranparency). I thought it would be worth keeping them live somewhere on the site in case anyone wanted to use them for anything. They are 800×800 transparent PNGs, […]

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 […]

The Diameter of Jupiter

The Diameter of Jupiter

The mean diameter of Jupiter is 138,346.5 km, the equatorial diameter being 142,984 km and the polar diameter being 133,709 km. The average diameter of the Earth is 12,742 km meaning Jupiter’s average diameter is 10.86 times that of the Earth’s (10.49 time at the poles and 11.22 times at the equator). The flattening at […]

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 […]

Solar System Planets & Dwarf Planets Information Chart

Solar System Planets & Dwarf Planets Information Chart

Information on the Sun, the planets and the dwarf planets in our solar system in order from the Sun. Includes the class of satellite, surface temperature, the time taken to complete an orbit of the Sun, distance from the Sun, equatorial diameter and the number of moons. And because I am like someone who has […]