Category Archives: Planetarium and Space
Are you looking forward to seeing in the New Year? Well, you will have to wait a bit longer than you may have expected. A leap second will be added at midnight on 31 December 2016 to keep atomic clocks in sync with the Earth’s rotation.
Universal Coordinated Time is based on super-accurate atomic clocks and it is extremely regular.… Read more
This post is guest written by Life’s Education Officer, Liz Ferguson, with the help of her two children.
Having met Chris Hadfield earlier this year on his visit to Life I was excited to find he has recently written a book for children. The Darkest Dark is a story about a little boy (Chris) who doesn’t like the dark and is afraid to go to bed.… Read more
British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake returns from the International Space Station later this month. He’s spent six months up there with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, carrying out experiments in the unique environment of the ISS (including measuring brain pressure in space and seeing if organisms can survive on the outside of the ISS) but has still found the time to keep us entertained and amazed with day to day life in space.… Read more
“The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one” he said.
In H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds Mars gets bigger in the sky as a prelude to invasion by horrific mechanical tripod aliens. So as Mars makes its closest approach to Earth for over a decade on 30 May 2016, should we be worried?… Read more
Flowers, bunnies, fluffy little chicks! It’s that time of year again. When spring is in the air, there’s lot of science to observe – the leaves on the trees, the lengthening days, and the warming temperatures.
All of this happens because Planet Earth is tilted. We spin on our axis once a day, but this axis is on a tilt.… Read more
Many of us dream of going to space. I’d be the first to admit that I’m currently just a little bit obsessed with human spaceflight.… Read more
This post was guest authored by Life Science Explainer Claire Elstob.
Out in the farthest reaches of our solar system lies a region known as the Kuiper Belt. This disc-shaped area of icy, dark objects lies out beyond Neptune, about 30 times further from the Sun than the Earth is.… Read more
I’m not a scientist. I’m not an astronomer or an astrophysicist, and I’m certainly not an astronaut. I do, however, think space is super cool. So earlier this year when I was asked to visit the National Space Centre in Leicester for a briefing about a project called Destination Space, I was pretty excited.… Read more
It’s been quite a weekend here at Life. It’s not often we get to welcome a real
astronaut to our Science Centre and join the public in listening to their stories, asking them questions and feeling inspired. But that’s exactly what we did yesterday when Commander Chris Hadfield came to visit.… Read more
Before you read on, be aware there are spoilers throughout!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or have in fact, been stranded on Mars) you will have heard of a little film called The Martian. Based on the best-selling book by Andy Weir, it tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut who was mistakenly stranded on Mars when his crew believed he was dead, and of his struggles to survive on such a hostile planet.… Read more