How much do scientists know about our solar system? Out of 8 planets, is ours really the only one to sustain life? How can meteorites tell us about other planets, and even how the solar system first began? Explore our universe with the help of the Museum, and discover the role the Museum plays in space exploration and research.
As far as we know, there is only life on Earth. Will we ever discover otherwise? How much do we really know about our universe?
Whether or not our solar system is the only planetary system in the universe has intrigued scientists and philosophers for hundreds of years. So is there any evidence for extrasolar planets?
Meteorites vary in size from a fraction of a millimetre to bigger than a football pitch and they fall to Earth all the time. Explore the fascinating facts about meteorites including how to find, identify and study them.
What and where is the asteroid belt? And what makes an asteroid shoot away from the belt and crash to Earth?
Comets, with their long tails, appear like ghostly apparitions that glide across the night sky. Discover more about these objects and what causes meteor showers on Earth.
Meteors are often confused with meteorites. Do you know the difference? And what causes spectacular meteor storms, which can be seen at certain times of the year?
Planets and their moons have collided with asteroids and comets frequently throughout our solar system's 4.5-billion-year history. How often is Earth hit and where is the biggest impact crater?
Last December, Epi Vaccaro (one of our PhD students) and I went to two scientific meetings in Tokyo, Japan. Our aims were to present some of the research that we’ve been doing at the Museum and to meet other scientists who work on similar sampl...
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:53:49
A guest post by Helena Bates, undergraduate student at Imperial College London.This summer I had the opportunity to work alongside scientists in the Mineral and Planetary Science Division at the Natural History Museum on a project sponsored by the Pa...
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:04:05