Archive for category Space

Will we ever… find life elsewhere in the universe?

The idea of aliens may seem absurd. But times change, as does science, says Phil Plait, and this makes the idea far more plausible than it once appeared.  Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Curiosity’ – Mission to Mars

The Nasa rover called ‘Curiosity’ has finally arrived at Gale Crater on planet Mars after a 154 million miles journey, hurtling towards the Mars at over 13,000 mph. The main aim of Curiosity is to see whether the environment of Mars once held the ingredients of life and so Curiosity will drill into the rocks and soil and analyse samples. It is one of the most fascinating events of our recent times and a giant step forward in space exploration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Planets viewed from Earth as if they were at the distance of our moon

What if other planets orbited the Earth at the same distance as the Moon…what would that look like?
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Our solar system in one very long infographic.

This infographic by the BBC illustrates the distance between us and the farthest reaches of the solar system with conveniently fathomable benchmarks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time-Lapse Video Of Venus Crossing The Sun

ASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft launched in 2010 to study the sun, was on deck to capture Venus passing  in front of the sun in stunning high-resolution. The spectacle won’t happen again for another 105 years.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Measuring the Universe

Royal Observatory Greenwich describes in this wonderful short animation, the different techniques used to allow us to calculate the vast distances to stellar objects in space. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pictures Of The Solar Eclipse

Viewers in Southeast Asia and the western United States were dazzled by the annular solar eclipse on May 20/21 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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