Read amazing facts about space and learn about the planets, stars and universe. Find overviews of the planets of the Solar System and coverage of space exploration and the latest in astronomy.

7 08, 2019

What is an astro modified DSLR camera? (and how to get one)

2019-08-07T13:56:22+00:00August 7th, 2019|

Ever heard people talk about using an “astro modified" DSLR camera to improve their astrophotography? See here for example, from a post on reddit: You might have heard other terms thrown around like “full-spectrum camera conversion” or “IR modified camera”. But what does it mean, how does it affect astrophotography, and how to get an astro [...]

10 05, 2019

Light pollution & astrophotography (3 ways to overcome it)

2019-06-19T07:56:01+00:00May 10th, 2019|

If you live in a city, light pollution is probably the number one obstacle to your astrophotography. It likely means you won't be able to just go into your garden and take Milky Way or deep sky images. (The number two issue is that you often have to get up in the middle of the night [...]

19 03, 2019

How many planets are there? [2019]

2019-05-20T12:36:05+00:00March 19th, 2019|

The TV show The Cosmos, outlined the "Cosmic address" of where the Earth resides in the universe - this is: The Solar System The Milky Way The Local Group The Virgo supercluster The observable universe But how big are each of these and how many planets are there? Below we outline the size of each of [...]

2 01, 2019

15 amazing astronomical events to see in 2019

2019-01-12T09:54:44+00:00January 2nd, 2019|

In 2019, there will be five eclipses, six meteor showers, three supermoons, Mercury passing across the Sun, and many other great observable astronomical events. Here are the top 15 astronomy events of 2019 to look out for across the planet: 1. Quadrantids meteor shower - January 3 One of the best meteor showers of the year [...]

20 10, 2018

Astronomy books: 21 great reads (for adults, beginners & kids)

2018-11-14T10:26:43+00:00October 20th, 2018|

Below are 21 recommended astronomy books for anyone with a keen in interest in either learning how to spot objects in the sky, or in learning about space and the universe in general. These books are categorized as best beginners astronomy and stargazing books, best astronomy books for kids, and the best books in 2018 on [...]

7 10, 2018

Is Pluto a planet? (2019 update)

2019-02-28T10:00:24+00:00October 7th, 2018|

One of the biggest areas of confusion and debate around the planets of our solar system is whether or not Pluto is a planet. Read below for the definitive and up-to-date answer in 2019. 1. Is Pluto a planet? So let's get straight to it - no, Pluto is not a planet. It used to be [...]

8 09, 2018

6 awesome space posters to buy in 2019

2019-02-28T10:07:29+00:00September 8th, 2018|

Make your home look stellar with these six awesome space posters available for you to buy. Astronomy posters and space art like this make fantastic additions to bedrooms, studies, and living rooms for space-lovers. They make great gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Check out the five selected space-themed posters below, and see also links to look for [...]

25 03, 2018

71 mind-blowing space facts (covering all the planets of the Solar System!)

2018-08-11T05:41:04+00:00March 25th, 2018|

Prepare to have your mind blown! 71 facts about space, the planets of our solar system and the universe.   Mercury 1. One year on Mercury lasts 88 Earth days 2. NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft crashed into Mercury on 30 April 2015 making a crater approximately 16 meters wide on the planet’s surface 3. Mercury is the [...]

12 03, 2018

Facts about Planet Jupiter

2018-08-12T14:30:02+00:00March 12th, 2018|

The largest planet in the solar system and the third brightest object when viewed from Earth, Jupiter is as easy to spot as the Moon and Venus in the night sky. Known for its Great Red Spot and distinct coloured stripes, this planet is a mass of swirling gas. Below we go through some interesting [...]

11 03, 2018

Uranus facts (everything you need to know about the planet in 2019)

2019-02-28T10:26:00+00:00March 11th, 2018|

A cold and windy planet, Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun in our Solar System. Below we cover what Uranus is like, how far is it from Earth, if it could be habitable by humans, and loads other Uranus facts.   The discovery of Uranus and how it got its name Sir William Herschel [...]

10 03, 2018

Facts about Mercury (everything you need to know in 2019)

2019-02-28T10:28:53+00:00March 10th, 2018|

Mercury is the smallest planet in Earth’s Solar System and the closest to the sun. But what is it like there and how does it compare to the other planets? Below are all the facts about Mercury that you could possibly want in 2019.   Where is Mercury in the Solar System? Mercury is the closest [...]

4 03, 2018

Facts about Planet Venus (everything you need to know in 2019)

2019-02-28T10:29:59+00:00March 4th, 2018|

If you are after Venus facts and information, then you're in the right place! Venus is the second closely located planet from the Sun – situated between Mercury and Earth. And it's the second biggest terrestrial planet, after Earth. The first records of the planet go back to 17th century BC, recorded by Babylonian astronomers. Due [...]

24 02, 2018

How many Mars Rovers have there been and what is their current status?

2018-08-12T14:40:00+00:00February 24th, 2018|

In the past 50 years, mankind has attempted to send rovers to Mars on seven separate occasions. Of these Mars rovers, just two are still active and operational in 2018. Read on to learn more about the different Mars rover missions, which have been successful and which failed, and what they have discovered.   Mars Rovers [...]

20 01, 2018

Neptune facts: Information about Planet Neptune

2018-01-20T10:35:25+00:00January 20th, 2018|

Big blue planet Neptune is the 4th largest planet in our Solar System, but some lesser known Neptune facts are that it has rings and that it has a moon with the potential to harbor life. Read on to learn more about Neptune, its little-know rings and it’s intriguing moon, Triton. Neptune: Ice Giant Like [...]

26 11, 2017

Saturn: All the facts you need to know about the ringed planet

2018-08-11T06:32:23+00:00November 26th, 2017|

Saturn, with its spectacular rings, is one of the most easily-recognizable objects in our Solar System but how much do we know about it? Below we cover all the facts you need to know about the planet Saturn and pick out some mind-blowing images. Plus, take the quiz at the end to see how much you [...]

18 10, 2017

Planet 9: A hidden “Planet X” found in our Solar System? (2018)

2018-08-10T12:28:55+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Right now as far we know, our Solar System has eight planets. However recent developments from NASA have indicated that there may be a hidden ‘Planet 9’ out there that hasn’t been discovered yet. How can a planet be hiding out there right under our noses and what is it like? Below, we look into all [...]

6 09, 2017

Mars Facts (Everything you wanted to know about the Red Planet!)

2018-08-08T17:43:01+00:00September 6th, 2017|

We are in an era of renewed interest in Mars. The ambitions of NASA and Elon Musk to put humans on the planet for the first time have generated a great deal of interest in the planet which has interested us for centuries. This article aims to give you all the facts you need to [...]