Science Behind the Photo #45

Taken from Issue 22. Although seemingly beautiful and serene, this fiery image shows the hundreds of millions of stars at the turbulent heart of the Milky Way, all cocooned in cosmic gas and dust. The life of such a star is visible in its entirety, from the dusty regions of star birth, populations of young […]

Our Planetary Neighbourhood

ESO/L. Calçada This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Nicola Guttridge explores the hunt for planets around other stars, and how this is helping to answer questions about the possible existence of alien life in our universe. There is no place more inhospitable and mysterious than space, although if you […]

Running rings around Pluto

What we know (or perhaps more accurately what we think we know) about our universe is constantly changing – in a relatively tiny amount of time, our scientific research has progressed from a simplistic geocentric solar system model to one in which there are hundreds upon thousands of galaxies, each containing countless stars with orbiting […]

A Year in the Life of Neptune

Having started life as a hypothetical planet, it was only recently that Neptune’s precise path through space was confirmed, as it completed its first full orbit since its discovery in 1846. To celebrate this occasion, NASA released some stunning anniversary pictures, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. At the giant planet’s great distance of 30 […]