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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 ...

Artist's impression of the Milky Way: the stars are collapsed into a flat disc

Dark matter close to home

... mysterious material that produces no visible light of its own, but which astronomers need to explain the tremendous ... see: dark matter. But how much dark matter is there in our own solar system, and could we detect it? We think there's ... throughout the galaxy, whereas planetary systems like our own are tiny condensations of matter -- a few lighthours ...

 Artist's concept of what a future telescope might see in looking at the black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87. Clumpy gas swirls around the black hole in an accretion disk, feeding the central beast. The black area at center is the black hole...

Stopping star formation in its tracks

... behind how galaxies form and develop, including our own cosmic neighbourhood, the Milky Way. Dr. Marc Sarzi, who ... forming stars a long time ago, and other galaxies like our own that have continuously formed stars throughout its ... where stars have been forming continuously, like our own Sun, 5 billion years ago." The cosmic gales from black ...

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 ...

A color-enhanced version of an aerial photograph of Stratocumulus perlucidus clouds; taken from the rear seat of a Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 flying over the midwestern United States, en route from Los Angeles, CA to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

Why don't clouds fall to the ground?

... water particles which are trying to fall down under their own weight and it keeps them up there. And that's why clouds ...

solar system

How to make a Solar System

... happening or do we have to rely on what we see here in our own Solar System and extrapolate backward s? Alan -   There ...

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 ...

Weak muscles

What happens to muscles in space?

... No. They do make the suit just for you so you do have your own space suit. So you’re fitted - they have these special ...

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 ...

Colourful image of the Universe

Does dark matter have structure?

... matter affixes itself to, or does dark matter have its own independent structures - meaning is there a dark universe ...

Image of the Sun's halo as moon passes by

Celebrating 100 years of Eddington's eclipse

... the deflection of light from a distant object if your own giant fireball, i.e. our sun, is in the way? It would be ...

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the United States flag

What would happen if I peed on the moon?

... billion. The pee suddenly finds itself way above it’s own boiling point and has to immediately boil into steam. Tom ...

Alfred Nobel

The Nobel Prizes 2011

... level because he was actually testing pieces of his own cancer to see if he could raise an immune response to ...