TRAPPIST-1 facts for kids & students. The discovery of seven new planets could take us one step further towards finding out whether or not we’re alone in the universe!
TRAPPIST-1 Facts: Introduction
In early 2017, NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized rocky planets in orbit around a star that – in astronomical terms – isn’t very far away.
The planetary system was found by a robotic telescope, and further discoveries were made by a telescope in outer space.
As if that didn’t already sound too much like science fiction rather than ‘science fact’, NASA confirmed that three or more of the planets could potentially hold liquid water – one of the key ingredients for life!
On this page, you’ll discover facts about the star known as TRAPPIST-1, and the planets in orbit around it. Continue reading
Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has recently taken some amazing pictures of Pluto, revealing that the dwarf planet has blue sky!
Learn more about the discovery of blue sky on Pluto … Continue reading
The planet Mars is named after the Roman God of War. It is the fourth planet from the sun, and our next-door neighbour in the solar system (Earth is the third planet from the sun).
Nasa has recently found evidence of flowing water on Mars, which raises the likelihood that life may exist on the planet! We’ll investigate their findings further down the page.
This article contains Mars facts for kids (and adults!). Let’s find out more about the Red Planet … Continue reading
In the UK, in the early hours of Monday 28th September, 2015 (i.e. Sunday night) you’ll have a chance to see an amazing astronomical event: a total eclipse of the moon!
Viewing times vary in other parts of the world: check your local times!
Because the moon turns red during a total eclipse, the phenomenon has become known as a ‘blood moon’! Continue reading
Have you seen a YouTube 360° video?
At Active Wild we’re always excited to find out about new ways of experiencing wildlife.
Earlier this year, YouTube added a new feature that allowed videos to be made and watched in 360 degrees.
It means that you can look around in every direction while watching a film. You don’t have to watch what the camera is pointing at!
It gives you a better feeling of ‘being there’!
Read on to find out how to watch YouTube 360° videos, and to view a selection of 360 degree animal videos. Continue reading
One of the rarest animals in the world was recently spotted – for only the third time ever!
The ‘crusty nautilus’ (scientific name Allonautilus scrobiculatus), is a mollusc that lives in the ocean around New Guinea. Continue reading
Tomorrow (Friday 20th March 2015), people in some parts of the world will be able to watch a total solar eclipse. Read on for a complete guide on how to watch this incredible astronomical event … Continue reading
International Polar Bear Day is held on 27 February, and is now in its 10th year. The day was made popular by the charity Polar Bears International, in order to raise awareness of the effect climate change is having on the polar bear’s habitat. Continue reading
When you look up at the moon, did you know that you always see the same side?
The moon does not rotate, so we only ever see half of it.
How would you like to see the other half? Continue reading