Sounds From Other Planets

Have you ever wondered what your voice might sound like on another planet? A team of scientists working at the University of Southampton have used mathematical and physical tools taking into account atmospheres, pressure and fluid dynamics to produce the natural sounds of other worlds, including thunder, human voices, whirlwinds, probe splashdowns and waterfalls. The […]

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 […]

Is this the end for space travel?

Atlantis, the Space Shuttle, landed for the final time last week and ended thirty years of routine space flight. NASA has since been fighting to prove it’s not given up on space exploration, and that there are plenty more missions to make with new, better technology. “The things that you’ve done will set us up […]

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 […]

Meteorite strikes made moon’s air

Why does Saturn’s largest moon have a nitrogen atmosphere like Earth?  It’s a question that has stumped astronomers since the Voyager spacecraft went to Titan in 1981.  However, laser gun-toting scientists from Japan think a catastrophic volley of meteorites might hold the answer. Titan’s air is so thick and its gravity is so low that if […]