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Is everything in space spinning in the same direction?

... come to the party to make the star, they add all of their own bit of spin and the average, when you sum it all up, some ... the planets be spinning the same way? And what about our own solar system - is everything spinning the same way in our own solar system? Matt - So many questions. Okay. So, this ...

 112.2 g fragment of the Chelyabinsk (Cherbakul) meteorite. This specimen was found on a field between the villages of Deputatsky and Emanzhelinsk on February 18, 2013. The broken fragment displays thick primary fusion crust with flow lines and a...

How to find your own meteorite

... tips from astronomer Carolin Crawford on how to find your own hunk of space metal after Graihagh Jackson found a rather ... in their insulation in the roof. So they had their own little meteorite that had hit their roof - I think that's ... Crawford, University of Cambridge Top tips to find your own hunk of space metal... How to find your own meteorite ...

Using balloons to see Dark Matter

... so Richard Massey from Durham University has developed his own approach. He is using a helium balloon to carry a ... bored waiting and said, "Wouldn't it be nice to have our own satellite, our own telescope in space?" unfortunately, in these times of ...

Exoplanet exploration

... Jackson through how and why she studies planets beyond our own solar system... Carole - My name is Carole Haswell. I'm ... being able to actually measure what planets outside our own solar system are made of or at least what their ... The Open University How we study planets beyond our own solar system... Exoplanet exploration ...

 Original - This artist’s impression of the distant galaxy SMM J2135-0102 shows large bright clouds a few hundred light-years in size, which are regions of active star formation. These “star factories” are similar in size to those in the Milky Way,...

What has physics got to say about time?

... bounce back out again and that we would experience as our own big bang.  So, this is a picture of a cyclic universe ... different parallel universes, if you like.  So, our own universe will be one of the layers and then separated by ... good question.  They could be very different from our own universe.  They could have different laws of physics in ...

FameLab International Semi-Final 2014

FameLab: Astrobiology

... you to that? is there nothing interesting enough in your own field? Patrick - Well, there's plenty interesting. The ... but much like us, they have trouble getting out of their own neighbourhood. We only got to the moon pretty recently, ... Maybe everybody else has trouble just getting off their own planet as well. But then again, our civilisation is ...

The Milky Way

Fact Impact - The Milky Way

... around 400 billion stars Many of them suns like our own, surrounded by their own planetary systems. The Milky Way is shaped like two fried ...

Atmosphere of Mars taken from low orbit

The hunt for microbial Martians

... about life on another planet, you think about life on our own planet, it's all based on DNA and this kind of thing, and ... to tell if you'd find Martian life. Something that had its own independent genesis on Mars, or maybe found terrestrial ... or perhaps more recently with one of, you know, our own dirty probes, perhaps we're going to find your own dirty ...

VST Snaps Gaia en Route to a Billion Stars

Going for Gaia

... Way is made up of maybe a hundred billion stars like our own Sun and they make up most of the mass in the disc of the ... bottom line ambition for the Gaia mission was to set our own galaxy up as a rosetta stone. Let's do something that we ...

Roger Hutchinson in his observatory

Photographing the gas giants

... a bit more for me? Roger - Well, when you see it with your own eyes for the first time, it kind of blows you away. ... it to anyone. You don't need to go mad and have your own observatory in the back yard to do it either. You can ...

Parkes radio telescope viewed from the visitor's area.

Developing Radio Telescope Receivers

... of devices.  If each of those devices have their own piece of readout line, their own piece of readout equipment then the wiring, simply, the ...

The Very Large Array at Socorro, New Mexico, United States.

South Africa and the Square Kilometre Array

... South African SKA bid, visited London and met up with our own Chris Smith. Bernie -   It will be made up of two ...

Artist’s impression of super-Earth 55 Cancri e, showing a hot partially-molten surface of the planet before and after possible volcanic activity on the day side.

Volcanic Super-Earth

... are intensively studied to help give us clues about our own origins and early formation. The planet in question, 55 ...

Remnants of Kepler's Supernova - This image has been constructed of images from NASA's Spitzer space telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Most supernovae hidden by dust

... star, yet many seem to go unnoticed. For example, in our own Milky Way galaxy, there's ample evidence that supernovae ...

Natural color view of Saturn, composed from a series of pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Exploring Our Solar System

... in the solar system and each environment brings its own challenges.  In 2004, the Huygens probe landed on ...

This stellar swarm is M80 (NGC 6093), one of the densest of the 147 known globular star clusters in the Milky Way galaxy. Located about 28,000 light-years from Earth, M80 contains hundreds of thousands of stars, all held together by their mutual...

Why is space cold when it has so many stars?

... these extreme temperatures if they're so far away from our own experience of space? Ryan - So, the temperature of just ...

Hunting for DNA in space

... need antimicrobials or if an infection will go away on its own. Chris - And actually the process of DNA sequencing, "it ...

Figure 1: The Andromeda Galaxy

The ALMA Telescope, Solar Orbiter, Autistic Mice and Chivalrous Crickets.

... first whilst they waited outside, increasing their own risk of predation and putting their own lives at risk. But as a reward, these males got to mate ...

The asteroid Gaspara

Fact Impact - Asteroids

... into a spherical shape Some asteroids even have their own satellite moons, such as little (1.5 km-across) Dactyl ...

The Future of Travel

The space race of today?

... countries probably can't do all they want to do on their own and this provides a stage, if you will, for nations to ...

Figure 3: Mars. This image illustrates the amount of detail that can be generated from the Hubble telescope. It captures details only 16 km across, even though it is operating at 68 million km from the planet.

Fact Impact - Mars

... Greek mythology. But they're much smaller moons than our own, measuring less than 25 km across. They orbit so close to ...

Full colour image of Mercury from the first MESSENGER flyby

MESSENGER Orbits Mercury

... years, and that will help us to understand not only our own Solar System, but also what we might expect to find ...

GPS satellite

How do you get a satellite into space?

... - Well...  First of all I have to say that I have to own up to saying that I've had a great deal of fun and the ...

The Cosmic Microwave Background temperature fluctuations from the 7-year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe data seen over the full sky.

Beyond Our Universe

... There may be many Big Bangs, each giving rise to its own swelling realm of space.  It's as if our universe is a ...