What lies beyond Earth's atmosphere?


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Complicated Cosmic Dance
First described by Einstein over a century ago, frame dragging theory is a rather complicated concept which basically suggests space is elastic. What it loosely means is when space is effected, so is time.
The sun is still a burning mystery. That may be about to change. loading...
The sun is still a burning mystery. That may be about to change.
The historic launch of the new European Solar Orbiter helps foster a golden age for understanding our nearest star.
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Out-of-place star confirms Milky Way’s cannibal past
Astronomers have confirmed the nefarious and bloodthirsty past of our Milky Way galaxy as a serial cannibal, consuming smaller stellar islands that cross its path.
About Space

When you look up into the night sky, you might see stars, the moon, the brighter planets and even parts of the Milky Way. But our human eyes can barely scratch the surface of what lies beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

Since the beginning of humanity, we have longed to explore outer space, but it was only in the mid-20th century that we truly began to explore the universe.

From the launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, in 1957 to the first crew arriving at the International Space Station in 2000, we’ve now learned more about space than our ancestors could have dared to imagine.

Telescopes have given us an incredible insight into the stars, planets and clouds of gas and dust help together by gravity to form galaxies.

Spacecraft like the Pluto-bound New Horizons and the Mars Rover have allowed us to explore the surfaces and make-up of distant planets, asteroids and comets.

As technology improved, and our exploration advanced, we developed our “cosmic address” – Earth, Solar system, Milky Way, the local group, Virgo Supercluster, Observable universe.

Scroll through the videos, photos and articles below to find out more about space.


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