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Aliens and the Paranormal

Meteostat images 

The aurora page

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy HyperText Book

Imagine The Universe! Home Page

Origin of the Universe

The Earth has a unique
solar system.  It has an
oxygen rich atmosphere
and has liquid water.
 These factors have
enabled the Earth to
evolve life, in all its
many forms.  The Earth
is 149.6 million km,
93 million miles from
the sun.
It takes the 
earth 365.25 days to
rotate around the sun.
The oldest rocks
found in the earths
crust date to about
3,900 million years ago.

The Earths age is about
4,600 million years.

Its surface area is
510 million km squared.
(317 million sq miles
oldest evidence of life is
3,500 million years ago.

The number of living species
is at least 10 million.

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy: Home Page

Zoom Astronomy Glossary

Eric Weisstein's World of Astronomy

home page

Welcome to the Astronomy Ireland Homepage

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

National Optical Astronomy Observatory

SkyView Virtual Observatory

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

The nine planets glossary

Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia Home Page - A Data Base of the Solor System, All Nine Planets

The Earths moon, is 0.012
the size of the Earth.  It
has no air and its surface
is scarred by craters.
Its surface area is abou
t the size of North and South America.

The moons gravitational
pull is responsible
for our seas and oceans tides

The first successful lander on the moon was Luna 9 in 1966

"That one small
step for man, one

giant leap for mankind"


The volume between objects in the universe.

The history of astronomy

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Welcome to Astronomy for Kids!

ZOOM ASTRONOMY - Enchanted Learning Software

"The starry cape of heaven."


The first man in space was
Yuri Gagarin (USSR)
on 12 April 1961.
His flight lasted
1 hour 48 minutes.

The first American in
space was John Glenn on 
20 February 1962 his
flight lasted 4 hours 55 minutes.

The first space walk
was by Alexei Leonov (USSR)
3 July 1974

CLick here to hear Neil Armstrong

That one small step

The oldest person in space so far was Vance Brand (USA) aged 59 on 2 December 1990.

The youngest person in space so far was Gherman Stepanovich (USSR) aged 25 on 6 August 1961.

The first moon landing
was by Apollo 8 (USA)
16 July 1969.

The first men on
the moon were
Neil Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin.



Atlantis 2

Committed to launch

First Briton in space was Helen Sharman on 18 May 1991.

The first woman in space was Anna Fisher (USA) 8 November 1984.

First Woman space walker was Svetlana Savitskaya (USSR)
17 July 1984.

NASA Astronaut Biographies

US Space Camp

Women in Science and space

"Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art-
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night."


Astronomy Picture of the day

Real time
data and
satellite images

Solar system Live

Dramatic Comet Hale-Bopp Photos



The Eagle has landed

Discover Magazine

Astronomy magazine on the net

Mars-Roman Mythology

Mars Atlas

Mars Watch: Complete Viewer's Guide


Mars Exploration

Mars Global Surveyor MOC2-234 to MOC2-245 Releases

  Space and Astronomy for Kids

Mars is 0.107 the size of our Earth. It averages 227.9 km/141.6 million miles away from the sun.

It was named after the Roman God of war because of its colour of blood.

It may be smaller than the earth, but it turns on its axis much more slowly. A day on Mars is only 41 minutes longer than ours. However its orbital period is 687 Earth days.

Mars has two small moons Phobos and Deimos.

Phobos means "fear" and Deimos means "terror".

Phobos orbits Mars every 7 hours and 40 minutes.

Deimos however takes longer at 30 hours.

Mars soil contains
the following elements:

Silica 14%

iron 18%

aluminium 2.7%

titanium 0.9%

potassium 0.3%

Explore the planet Mars with realistic Mars habitats, rockets, ground etc

Escape velocity
To escape the pull
of the earths gravitational
pull a rocket needs
to achieve a speed
of 40,000km/h (24,840 mph).

Jupiter's Ring system


Jupiter is the largest of the planets. It is 318 times the size of Earth.

 It can be seen with the naked eye.

It has 16 moons, and is on average 778.3 million km from the sun (483.7 million miles).

It has a rock core but mostly consists of gas in various states. A giant wind system gives the planet a banded look. Some of the winds move at up to speeds of several hundred kilometers per hour.

It is also the fastest spinning planet.

Welcome to Fractal World!

Sprott's Fractal Gallery

Venus is 0.81 times the
size of the Earth.
It averages 108.2 million km,
67.2 million miles
from the sun. Venus
shines brightly in the
sky and has often been
called the evening star.

Its atmosphere is made
up of sulphuric acid
and there is extreme
heat and pressure.
..not very nice!

Jupiter has many moons. Their orbital periods vary from 0.295 days to 758 days!!

Europa: has sufficient internal heat to have liquid water seas beneath its surface.

Io: Looks orange because of debris on the surface. It has the first active volcanoes to be discovered outside of Earth.

Ganymede: the largest moon in the solar system. It is larger than mercury and Pluto.

The Voyager probe took over 30,000 images of Jupiter and its moons.


The Planet Pluto

Pluto-Images and Information


Space walk game

Saturn is famous for its rings.
 Saturn has many moons,
more than any other planet.
at least 18. It is 95
times the size of Earth,
and averages 1,427 miles
away from the sun
(886.9 million miles)

Saturn's rings are made
of dust particles
and ice covered rock
particles. They are less
than 200m (656 ft) thick,
but over 270,000 km
(167,800 miles)
in diameter.

Saturn has three moons
that share the same
orbit- Tethys, Telesto
and Calypso.

Deep Space network

neptune's ring system

Neptune is named after the Roman God of the Sea.

Neptune is 17 times larger than the Earth. and has 8 moons. The moons and its rings were discovered by the Voyager 2 probe.

Mercury is only 0.055 the size of the Earth. It is on average 57.9 million km, 36 million miles away from the sun.

It is named after the messenger of the Roman Gods because it travels quickly across the night sky.

A day on Mercury lasts 176  earth days. However a year on Mercury only lasts 88 Earth days as that is the time it takes to orbit the sun.

Uranus is 14.5 times the size of Earth.  It is 2,871 million km , 1,184 miles, from the sun.  It is called after Urania, the ancient Greek muse of astronomy.

Its moons are named after characters from Shakespeare plays.  

It has about 15 moons and more may yet be discovered.

SpaceWander Roundtrip First Class

SpaceWander Links

The ultimate Field Trip

"Slowly, silently, now the moon,
Walks the night in her silver shoon."

Walter de la Mare 1873-1956

Pluto is 0.002 the size of the Earth.  It is 5,913.5 million km,  3,675 million miles from the sun.

Pluto has one large moon called Charon.

Introduction to Cosmology

The oldest existing observatory was built in Southern Korea in 632 AD.

Galaxy Photography

Project Galileo


A streak of light in the sky caused by a rock or dust particle burning up in the Earth's atmosphere.

The solar and heliospheric observatory

Solar Eclipses for Beginners

Howstuffworks "How Solar Eclipses Work"

Asteroids are chunks of rock that orbit the sun. The first ever discovered was Ceres which has a diameter of 933 km, 580 miles.

It is only a matter of time before the earth is again struck by an asteroid.


The largest meteor to hit the Earth weighed about 60 tonnes, it fell at Hoba West in Southern Africa.

Most meteorites that land on Earth are "stones"

Tsar Alexander of Russia had a sword made from an iron meteorite last century.

The Hubble Space Telescope uses a large mirror to collect light.  It is then directed into one of the scientific packages by use of another mirror.  Because it is in space and above Earths atmosphere it can see much further and clearer than telescopes on Earth

Gems of the hubble Space telescope


Espenak's Eclipse Home Page

SOLAR ECLIPSE: Stories From the Path of Totality

Comets, meteors and asteroids


Comet Introduction

Comet Halley

Comet Hale-Bopp Home Page (JPL)

Black Hole

An infinitely dense object caused initally by the collapse of a star. Its gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape.

of the


media clip

Red Giant

A stage in the life cycle of many stars when they get larger and start converting helium to carbon

White Dwarf

The collapsed core of a sun-sized star.


"The spacious firmament on high,
All the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heaven, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim!"

Joseph Addison 1672-1719

The Space Quiz Game

Grand Illusions - Amazing Optical Illusions, 3D Stereograms

Hexxagon -

Astronomy Puzzles

" Ye stars! Which are the poetry of heaven!"


Space shuttle game

HobbySpace - Space Games

CSA - Space Games

ALFY - Arcade - Space Games

Brain Teasers and Puzzles: BrainBashers

Livewire Puzzles

KD Puzzles Links

NRICH Mathematics Enrichment Club

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles

VIP Movie mail

Goddess Email @

Gallery of Celebrities

Celebrities @ - Celebs, news, gossip, videos, interviews,

Celerbity Downloads, desk themes etc

Greatest Film Star Roles (and Legends) I

World-Of-Celebrities - Your online source for celebrities, actors, actresses, models etc


Look to the Future


Aliens and the Paranormal

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