planets

Astronomers Found A Gas Giant Orbiting Surprisingly Close To A Tiny Star

Astronomers watching a small red dwarf star 500 light years away were surprised to notice a brief dip in its already dim light. But they quickly identified the source of the change: the darker mass of a planet passing between the distant star and our vantage point on Earth.


How You Can Create Petite Planets In A Petri Dish

Wanna create your own beautiful, living, breathing solar system at home? It’s easy — you just need petri plates (or any kind of flat, wide and shallow containers), some fatty milk, a little dish soap, food colouring and liquid plungers and droppers. And your own imagination.


Impressive Image Of Earth Surrounded By Saturn's Rings

I love to see Earth next to other objects, like this comparison of all planets and the sun or this visualisation of all the planets between the Earth and the moon. It helps me comprehend the scale of it all. Actually, it doesn’t. It just doesn’t compute, sorry.


Kepler Just Discovered A New Super-Earth, Against All Odds 

In May 2013, NASA’s exoplanet-seeking spacecraft, Kepler, seemed doomed. Two of four wheels that stabilised its telescope had malfunctioned — and NASA appealed to scientists from around the world for ideas to salvage its mission. Yesterday, it announced the discovery of a brand-new super-Earth 180 light years from our own.


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.