Our solar system consists of the Sun, 8 planets, satellites, comets and asteroids, but 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? Discover the Museum’s role in space exploration and research.
We know that the solar system formed around 4.5 billion years ago but what is the evidence for this and how did it happen?
With a circumference of over 40,000 kilometres, the Earth feels very large. In relation to our solar system, our galaxy and beyond it is in fact tiny.
Humans have been fascinated by the Moon for centuries and in 1969 we visited for the first time. But how did it get there? What is it made from? And why does it go through different phases?
Are we alone? Explore the places in our solar system where life might be found in a search for life in our galaxy and beyond.
Take a virtual tour of Mars, looking out for the north pole and the ancient highlands as you rotate the Red Planet’s globe.