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. For a film to be […]
Well hasn’t this been an interesting week for discoveries, first a solar system with four suns was identified and now a planet in the closest star system to our own, Alpha Centauri, has been discovered. The quadruple star system is composed of a pair of stars orbiting a common centre of mass which are in […]
This graphic shows off the relative sizes of the major bodies in the solar system and the order of the planets. It was originally intended truly show off the scale of the solar system however that would have meant were the distance from the Sun to Pluto 2,000 pixels the Sun would 5 pixels in diameter all […]
A true colour version of the previous planets to scale graphic, with help from Don Mitchell’s fantastic Planet Palette. This version also includes a ruler scale rather than the pixel measurement in the older image. Get the poster!
With the passing of Neil Armstrong on Saturday, I thought it would be a good to remember to other pioneers who were the first to achieve the landmark milestones of space exploration. First person in space and in orbit – 12th April 1961 – Yuri Gagarin in Vostok 1 First to splashdown after reaching space […]
The first few images from the Curiosity Rovers successful landing on Mars are coming back, these from inside Gale Crater near foot of Sharp Mountain. Initially the images are being sent back at 25% resolution. This first photo is from the wide-angle lens on one of the rover’s rear left Hazard-Avoidance cameras and the second photo shows […]
With the Mars Curiosity landing just a few hours away I thought it would be a good time to list some facts about the rover and it’s mission. Overview Curiosity is just the name of the rover; the overall mission is referred to as the Mars Science Laboratory or MSL Of the previous 39 missions […]
A collection of cool facts about the Sun and all the planets in our solar system (sorry Pluto). The Sun makes up 99.86% of the Solar System’s mass. Mercury is named after the Roman messenger to the Gods. Venus spins in the opposite direction to most planets. The Earth is 149,598,262 km from the Sun. […]