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All The Planets In The Solar System Fit Between The Earth And The Moon

Briefly: I never thought of this, but you can fit all the planets in the Solar System back to back into the distance from the Earth to the moon — about 384,400km — with room to spare: 8030km. Seeing it visualised really gives you a good idea of how much empty space is out there.


Each Of These Panoramic Pictures Is Its Own Tiny Twisted Planet

There are heaps of 360-degree panoramic images out there, but Russian photographer Andrew Bodov’s latest work totally twists my mind. He depicts rockets, Mars rover Curiosity, statues of science and faith all embraced into lovely micro worlds, so simple and neat they could make a sweet set of scenery for a 21st century Little Prince. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.


Short Film: The Dark Side Of The Earth Is Called Human Greed

Video: I don’t know how scientifically accurate the script of this short film by French director Aćim Vasić is. It seems very unlikely that planets can shift their orbits the way the film describes but there’s something undeniably true that makes this movie worth watching: Its depiction of human greed.


Here's How To Explore The Moon And Mars In Google Maps

Everyone’s favourite lil’ rover, Curiosity, has now been rolling around Mars for two years. So it’s high time Google Maps got in on the action — and now, to celebrate the anniversary, it’s launched Maps for Mars and the moon. Getting pin man into space is pretty easy, if you follow a few steps.


NASA: Ganymede Is A Water And Ice Club Sandwich That May Harbour Life

NASA scientists says that the largest moon in the solar system may harbour life in its inner oceans. Previously, scientists thought Ganymede only had one ocean between two ice layers, but data reveals that its structure is “ice and oceans stacked up in several layers like a club sandwich”.


The Earth's Magnetic Field Keeps This Desktop Jupiter Globe Spinning

= Jupiter is not only the largest planet in our solar system, it’s also arguably the most stunning. Those massive storms — including that enormous red eye — produce quite an atmospheric show. And as a cheaper alternative to a giant telescope, this tiny desktop-sized version of Jupiter lets you stare in awe at the gas giant when you probably should be working.


Earth 2.0: What We Know About The First Earth-Sized Planet In A Habitable Zone

When you’re looking for alien life, the best place to look is somewhere like Earth; the only place we know of that life exists. Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star, is the best bet we’ve ever found.


Why Use The Fine China When You Have These Awesome Planetary Plates?

Back when Pluto had some status in our solar system, a handy way to remember the names of the planets was the ‘My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas’ mnemonic, where the first letter of each word represented each celestial orb. But it’s just confusing now that Pluto’s gone, so maybe a set of planet-themed plates might be a better learning tool.


Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet Orbits The Sun Once Every 4,000 Years

Astronomers just announced the discovery of a dwarf planet that trumps Sedna as the object in our solar system most distant* from our sun. However, what’s potentially more interesting is what the planet’s orbit suggests: another giant, rocky world at the far edge of our Solar System.


Astronomers Found A Minor Planet With A Ring System Like Saturn's

For the first time ever, astronomers have identified a small planet with a ring system. They previously thought that such a phenomenon could only happen on large planets like Saturn and Jupiter. But this special space rock, known as 10199 Chariklo, is a small planet called a Centaur.


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