Planets

16 May 2017

New measurements show a giant lava-filled crater on Jupiter's moon Io.

28 February 2017

A team of scientists just discovered seven new planets, 39 light-years away. Could any of them host life?

14 February 2017

What have we found out so far from the Rosetta-Philae mission? And what does a comet smell like?

25 January 2017

Terraforming is a controversial concept but could make Mars more like Earth.

25 January 2017

...and it's pretty cosy.

25 January 2017

Mars is hostile, there's no getting around that so how will humans survive?

25 January 2017

Elon Musk's target of 2024 seems ambitious, so how realistic is this goal?

02 January 2017

If you fill out Drake's equation, life beyond Earth is highly probable...

02 January 2017

...but it's not all easy. Space is a dangerous and inhospitable place but if successful, we can look for microbial...

02 January 2017

To prove life once existed on Mars, we may need to send humans. But what's life like in microgravity?

07 November 2016

When we're searching for life in our universe, what are we looking for?

07 November 2016

...but if we can't travel to them, will the discovery be all that profound?

11 August 2016

Top tips to find your own hunk of space metal...

11 August 2016

Spot the difference: Meteor, meteorite, meteroid, comet, asteroid...

18 July 2016

With its strong radiation belts, polar auroras and red spot, Jupiter is a bit of an enigma...

18 July 2016

Photographing the gas giants with astrophographer Roger Hutchinson...

18 July 2016

Juno rockets to Jupiter and deputy principle investigator of the mission explains how much of a feat this is...

23 June 2016

Are we racing to the Moon? Who are the contenders? And why the Moon over Mars?

23 May 2016

Mars was once home to enormous tidal waves, new evidence suggests.

06 May 2016

Watching planets cross the sun was hugely important in understanding the scale of our universe but why do scientists...

22 April 2016

Exoplanets may yield clues as to whether there might be life somewhere out there. But they're so far away, so why...

22 April 2016

How we study planets beyond our own solar system...

22 April 2016

On 9 May, Mercury will be seen as a black dot silhouetted against the Sun…but why are scientists so excited about it?

19 January 2016

Where do winter, spring, summer and autumn come from?