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Universe Guide


Guide to Space, Planets and the rest of the Universe

Universe Guide contains information relating to space and the universe both factual ( e.g. Aliens, Constellations, Debris, Eclipses, Fantasy, End of the World, Living in Space, Ophiuchus, Pioneers, Planets ) and fictional ( e.g. Andromeda, Babylon Five, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Doctor Who, Farscape, Red Dwarf, Space 1999, Space Above and Beyond, Starship Troopers, Star Trek, Star Wars and V ). Fantasy is limited to adventures on far off planets ( e.g. Azeroth, Krull ) or alternate Earths ( Merlin, Sliders). Whilst Harry Potter could be considered an alternate universe, I have decided to omit it here. The purpose of this site in the factual section is to give people a brief insight into what's there. Pictures that have been used in this website have sourced from various sites, they've all been from free sites ( e.g. NASA.GOV ) including the picture above. Copyrighted pictures are respectively acknowledged.

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Latest Universe Blog Articles

Doctor Who is 50 years oldNovember 22nd, 2013, 11:53am
Doctor Who, the worlds longest running science fiction series celebrates its fiftieth year on Saturday 23rd. Although it had a break in the nineties and half of the first decade of the twenty first century, its loyal fan base has never waned. It is three years older than Star Trek. The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey who traverses time and space defeating and putting to rights the chaos caused by his enemies such as the The Master, a rival timelord and aliens such as the The Daleks. When the actors playing the character leave the series, the Doctor regenerates. There have been a series of programmes over the week celebrating the series, culminating in a feature length episode 'Day of the Doctor' to be broadcast on Saturday. It features two of the actors who have played the Doctor plus an additional doctor, known as 'The War Doctor'.

Other programmes on UK TV to coincide with the event include a culture show special on the Doctor on BBC2 (9:30pm) followed by the Science of Doctor Who presented by Professor Brian Cox from the University of Manchester. There's also the Ultimate Guide to Doctor Who on BBC3 at 7pm. Over the weekend, Channel Five is broadcasting the two Doctor Who films starring Peter Cushing that was made in the sixties.

Google has come up with a Google Doodle on their home page to celebrate Doctor Who. It is a game where you have 11 lives, one for each Doctor as you collect letters of Google, avoiding the Daleks. For those who can remember, the game is similar to the old 8-bit Head over Heel isometric game. Just is case, you're trying, you can't play it here, you have to go to Google to play it.  Comments

Doctor Who is 50 years old

'Warlords of Draenor' is next Warcraft ExpansionNovember 9th, 2013, 10:22 am
To coincide with the Blizzcon conference, Blizzard Entertainment has released details of the next expansion in the World of Warcraft series. It's called 'Warlords of Draenor'. The adventure is set in the past when the asteroid 'Outlands' was a whole planet. Outlands is where adventurers go when they are about 58 -> 68. Unlike the old Outlands, the new continent will allow you to level up to 100 rather just up another 5 levels which they had been doing in the previous two expansions. People who buy the expansion will get a level 90 straightaway so that they can experience the new expansion without having to level up from level 1 for any new additional characters. There will be seven new zones including updated Shadowmoon Valley and Nagrand.

The story is that Garrosh Hellscream, the end boss in 'Mists of Pandaria' has escaped trial and travelled back in time to change the course of history. Both the Horde and the Alliance will travel back to stop him. Garrosh went back to Draenor because it is the ancestral home of the Orcs before they came through the Dark Portal to attack Azeroth.

There are no new races or classes as there had been in previous expansions, just new features. For example, new features include Garrisons which can be customised according to your own personal requirements. In the Garrison, you will be able to see awards for your achievements, e.g. a head on a stick or statue for your kill as an example. There will be six new dungeons and an update of Upper Black Rock Spire, the classic dungeon. 10/25 man raids will now be merged into one raid type and all will be flex 20 called Mythic. More information on the expansion can be found on the WowHead site.

Races such as Dwarves, Orcs and Gnomes have been updated, for example, Dwarven males are more hairy than before. At the time of the press release, only the three races below have been released.

How gnomes look in Warcraft Warlords of Draenor How orcs look in Warcraft Warlords of Draenor How dwarfs look in Warcraft Warlords of Draenor


The Twelfth Doctor is....August 4th, 2013, 20:45 pm
After days of speculation which has put a diverse range of actors from Ben Daniels through David Harewood to Daniel Rigby in the frame, the wait is over. The new Doctor Who is... Peter Capaldi who happened to be the bookies favourite with odds closing at 5/6. Like Amy Pond and the Sixth Doctor, the actor has appeared in a previous episode. He played Caecilius in the episode 'The Fires of Pompeii' which also starred Karen Gillan who went onto be the Tenth Doctor's (Matt Smith) companion for the majority of his time in the role. Capaldi is over twenty years older than the current one which will please some of the fans who longed for a return to the older man style Doctor. It might alienate some of viewers who wished to keep the Doctor a youthful character. Only time will tell, Capaldi will take on the role at the end of the Christmas episode. It is unlikely to see him in the anniversary special but you never know.   Comments

The Twelfth Doctor is....

Sir Patrick Moore has diedDecember 9, 2012, 1:18 pm
Britains most famous living astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore has died at his home at aged 89. He will always be remembered for presenting the long-running astronomy programme "The Sky at Night" on BBC television. The programme will most likely continue with Chris Lintott as the main presenter who had co-presented the show with Patrick. During the "Second World War", he worked in the RAF. During this time, his fiancé was killed and he vowed never to marry as he didn want second best so he said. He was known as an amateur astronomer, he never did a degree or higher exam. Whilst he believes in aliens, he doesn believe they have visited.  Comments

Oblivion TrailerDecember 8, 2012, 1:30 pm
The trailer for Tom Cruises 2013 smash Oblivion is now available for viewing. The Earth has been decimated by an alien race which the humans won. A few people have stayed behind and Toms characters one of them.   Comments

'Meteor Sighting' in Northern Ireland and ScotlandSeptember 21, 2012, 20:22 pm
During Thursday night, worried people began calling police in Scotland after seeing fireballs streaking through the sky. Some felt it could be a missle attack or a plane crashing to the ground.

The cause of which has not yet been identified but astronomers are keeping an open mind on the situation. Most believe it to be space junk that finally fell to Earth. It could also be from an asteroid that got to close to the Earth.

No injuries or damage has been recorded yet.  Comments

Neil Armstrong has diedAugust 26, 2012, 10:09 am
The first man on the Moon died yesterday (25th August 2012) caused by complications that were caused by him having a heart operation on the 7th August.

Along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, Neil journeyed to the moon on July 16, 1969, landing on the moon four days later. It would be the first of many trips to the moon but his only trip. He retired from N.A.S.A. soon after, instead of using his accomplishment to interest people in space, he lived a secluded life back in his birth state of Ohio, teaching at the University of Cincinnati rather than the University of Purdue where he had studied himself.  Comments

Guild Wars 2July 29, 2012, 12:46 pm
Guild Wars 2, the game that most people believe may challenge World of Warcrafts title of being the most popular MMO in the world. It is a sequel to the original Guild Wars games. In the originals, you could only play humans but in the new game, the adventures will allow you to play a range of races such as the Charr, the dog like race that appeared in Eye of the North. The game is set in the original continent of Tyria and 250 years after the events of the first game.   Comments

Kung Fu PandariaJuly 29, 2012, 11:55 am
Pandas are coming to a high street computer store near you on the 25th September as the fourth expansion pack of World of Warcraft is released. The adventures of the Alliance and the Horde begin anew as the lost continent of Pandaria is discovered. Pandaria is home to the Pandarans, a Panda like creature. The Pandarans first appeared in the RTS Warcraft games but until now you could only have them as a non-combat pet. There is no antagonist such as the Lich King or Deathwing, just dungeons and raids with no lore.  Comments

Sally Ride, first female American in space has died.July 24, 2012, 11:48 am
Americas first female Astronaut has died of Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 61. She went up in space at the age of 32, the youngest astronaut at the time. Although she was the first female American, she wasn the first female in space. The first female to go up in space was Valentina Tereshova who went up twenty years before Sally did. Women were held back because of fears of what space travel could do a woman and any political fallout should she die. There was more political damage not letting a woman in space than letting one.

On the 18th of June 1983, she took off into space with her colleague on Challenger flight STS-7 and was in space for just over six days. After being selected for the mission, she was asked if she wept if things went wrong. In total, she spent just over 14 days in space carrying out missions objectives and tasks.   Comments