Why is Space Dark?

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dark space question

There are billions of stars out there and yet Space – once you leave the Earth’s atmosphere – is pretty much black. Are you wondering…why? Not you alone!   In fact, many scientists asked the same question before you, like, for example, the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, who in 1823 allegedly said:  Why, if… Read more »

Why do stars twinkle?

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Why do stars twinkle?

Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are… Have you even wondered why the stars twinkle? And…do they, really? It turns out, the stars themselves do not twinkle at all. They shine steadily! But as their light travels through the Earth’s atmosphere, it bounces off different layers and changes – ever so slightly… Read more »

October 2021 Stargazer’s Calendar

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October 2021 stargazing

Hello October 2021 🍂! It is now officially Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and – thanks to its darker evenings and earlier sunsets – a perfect opportunity for stargazing! Unfortunately, Autumn also brings colder and usually wetter weather, so make sure to check the  Astronomy forecast and put on some extra layers before heading out… Read more »

How big is the Sun compared to other stars?

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Sun size

Stars come in different sizes: tiny stars, giant stars, and stars all the way in between. But what about OUR STAR? Is the Sun the biggest star in space? This is the question we regularly get from our portable planetarium visitors. So let’s find out! The Sun vs other stars The Sun is about 864… Read more »

Can you hear sound in space?

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Can you hear sound in space?

Space is vast, dark and [almost] completely silent. If you whisper, talk or even scream in space, nobody will be able to hear you! Sound and other waves To understand why this is the case, we need to understand the nature of sound. (And no, this is not very complicated, we promise)! Sound is a… Read more »

The epic journeys of the Voyagers: 44 years in Space!

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Voyagers poster

Image: The Voyagers Rock On poster (available to download here)  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech September 44 years ago was a very exciting, busy and, no doubt, nerve-wracking time at NASA. At that time the Space Agency had just launched the twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, to the yet unexplored outer regions of the Solar System…. Read more »

Northern Hemisphere vs Southern Hemisphere Sky

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Northern and Southern Hemisphere map

Image credit: DLommes, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons All around the Globe people look up at night to gaze at the stars, planets, the Moon and other celestial wonders. But we all see the night sky differently depending on many things, such as where exactly on Earth we are, what time of the year it… Read more »

Family day out at Jodrell Bank

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Jodrell Bank Lovell Telescope

Are you an Astronomy enthusiast on a lookout for a space-themed, family-friendly public event this Summer? How about a space exhibition, an astronomy talk and a visit to an active research facility – all in one place? Recently, one of our WonderDome inflatable planetarium families visited Jodrell Bank and they thought it was an awesome place… Read more »

August 2021 Stargazer’s Calendar

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August 2021 is here and with it are some of the best stargazing opportunities of the year. It is now getting darker earlier, meaning you no longer have to wait till it’s really late to spot your favourite planets and constellations!  And the still-high temperatures definitely make being outdoors much more enjoyable! So…invite your friends… Read more »

After launch delays and troubled arrival, the new ISS research module Nauka seems to be finally up and running!

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The new Russian Nauka module

On July 21st at 5:58 Moscow Time the Russian Proton-M rocket was launched from Baikonur. The rocket carried the new Russian multipurpose laboratory module (MLM) Nauka (Russian: Наука, meaning science) – a 20 tonne segment to be added to the International Space Station. This was a very exciting and long awaited event and the first… Read more »


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