Space 

Discover the stories behind the Museum's space scientists, collections and research.

  • The Imilac meteorite: a gem as old as the solar system

    18 April 2017

    Dr Caroline Smith sheds light on the secrets this rock holds about the formation of our own planet.

  • Factfile: Earth

    14 June 2016

    A distinctive blue and green image of Earth reveals our planet's most remarkable features.

  • How our solar system was born

    9 May 2016

    Discover how a giant interstellar cloud known as the solar nebula gave birth to our solar system and everything in it. 

  • Factfile: Neptune

    3 May 2016

    Our solar system's outermost planet may be last but it's certainly not least. Get the facts on this planet of extremes. 

  • Michael Benson: reflections on Saturn

    29 April 2016

    Otherworlds artist Michael Benson discusses his images of Saturn – 'one of the most extraordinary things ever seen in nature'.

  • How the moon got its spots

    27 April 2016

    Discover how a surface mottled with dark patches reveals the moon's volcanic past.

  • Scanning the skies for shooting stars

    23 April 2016

    Last year, the Museum switched on a CCTV camera with a difference - instead of filming people, this one records the night sky.

  • Factfile: Mercury

    17 April 2016

    An eccentric orbit and wide-ranging temperatures make Mercury a world of extremes.

  • Exploring Martian mysteries in lceland's volcanoes

    11 April 2016

    Learn how Iceland's volcanic terrain is shaping the way scientists explore the surface of Mars.

  • Factfile: the Moon

    4 April 2016

    The surface of the Moon is speckled with craters - why doesn't Earth have a similarly scarred surface?

  • Shooting stars: How to photograph the night sky

    24 March 2016

    Anyone can capture the majesty of the galaxy with a simple camera. All you need is a dark, clear night and the willingness to have a go.

  • Eight ingredients for life in space

    23 March 2016

    By studying how organisms survive and thrive on Earth, scientists have identified key ingredients that appear to be essential for life.

  • Factfile: Mars

    22 March 2016

    Watery world or desert planet? Mars holds secrets that are still being uncovered today.

  • Factfile: Jupiter

    8 March 2016

    Giant auroras, raging clouds and a storm three centuries in the making - Jupiter is every bit as dramatic as its appearance suggests.

  • Factfile: Uranus

    23 February 2016

    Cold, dark and windswept - despite its calm appearance, the ice giant Uranus is a planet of extremes.

  • Factfile: Saturn

    11 February 2016

    Blue skies on a golden planet, and two of our solar system's greatest extremes – Saturn is a planet of contrasts and surprises.

  • Factfile: Venus

    27 January 2016

    Acid clouds and floods of lava – it may be our nearest planetary neighbour, but Venus is utterly inhospitable to human life.

  • Michael Benson: The art of Otherworlds

    22 January 2016

    Artist Michael Benson explores the 'alchemy' used to transform space agency data into colour images of our solar system.

  • Graphic guide to our solar system

    21 January 2016

    How long is a day on the moon? Find out with this visual tour through our solar system's most fascinating features.

  • The storm and the satellite

    15 January 2016

    Artist Michael Benson explores one of his favourite images: the moon Europa photographed above Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

  • Factfile: the sun

    15 January 2016

    The last 100 years have transformed our understanding of the Sun, but our star is yet to be fully understood.

  • Mystery of the Barwell meteorite

    11 January 2016

    Discover how a meteorite fragment in the Museum collection hid a secret about the origins of our solar system.

  • Factfile: Pluto

    4 January 2016

    A blue atmosphere, smooth areas, and youthful mountain ranges - this dwarf planet is full of surprises. 

  • Could life have formed on Mars?

    7 December 2015

    Museum geologists investigate Iceland's volcanic landscape, and ask whether life could have formed under similar conditions on Mars.

  • Portrait of a planetary scientist

    7 December 2015

    Peering into our solar system's origins with light brighter than ten billion suns - discover the work of a planetary scientist.

  • The hunt for cosmic dust

    8 January 2015

    Planetary scientist Dr Penelope Wozniakiewicz is looking for micrometeorites on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean.

  • The patience of an asteroid adventurer

    8 January 2015

    Prof Sara Russell is part of a mission to collect samples from the asteroid Bennu and return them to Earth in 2023.