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The Cosmic Comics project

The Cosmic Comics project

Resources, competitions, quizzes, articles and more from our exciting astronomy adventure.

In February 2013 we launched Cosmic Comics, a project with UWE Bristol and University of Glamorgan which is funded by the STFC here in the UK.

Cosmic Comics ends with a bang...!
Joint STFC UWE Logo

The project revolves around a 5-part astronomy adventure featuring our intrepid space science heroes Ravi, Mara and Jake.  The online comic book is supported by quizzes, articles, Q&As and the opportunity to get your school involved in some real science with the Faulkes Telescope Project.

Add in not one but two opportunities to win prizes for yourself and
your school (UK only)
and ask yourself: "What am I waiting for?"

To make it easy for you to find your way around the Cosmic Comics section of Planet Science we've created this handy index. So - let's get started! Click on a section below or scroll down:

A. Cosmic Comics - the story

  1. Click here to read the comic book - episodes 1-5
  2. Introduction - an interactive guide to the heroes of the story
  3. Countdown to launch! Our top ten fantastic space facts

B. Competitions and quizzes

  1. 'Ask an Astronomer' and you could win a prize!
  2. Quiz I - A quick 'orbiting objects' test
  3. Quiz II - Comets and asteroids

C. Articles and real science

  1. 'Ask an Astronomer' - your questions answered
  2. News: Fireballs in the sky - the Russian meteor?
  3. Get your school asteroid spotting with the Faulkes Telescope Project

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Cosmic Comics - The Story

A1. Cosmic Comics episodes 1-5

Follow our intrepid science adventurers Ravi, Mara and Jake as they go from an ordinary astronomy lesson to potential disaster in the time it takes to say "blazing fireballs from space!"

You have the choice of flash or html versions of the comic - click below to start reading...

Ep 1 Thumbnail Ep 2 Thumbnail Ep 3 Thumbnail

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A2. Interactive guide to Cosmic Comics intrepid heroes

Meet Mara, Jake and Ravi as they get set for their adventure of a lifetime.

Click here to find out more
Cosmic Comics - meet the gang!

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A3. 10...9...8... Countdown to launch with 10 fantastic space facts!

Show off your astronomy knowledge with ten fabulous facts about asteroids, constellations, nebulae and more. Click below to get started...

Countdown 10 - DoneCountdown 09Countdown 08

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Competitions and Quizzes

B1. 'Ask an Astronomer' and win a prize

As part of our online astronomy comics series, Cosmic Comics, we are offering UK schools the chance to win some great space-related prizes. Click here or on the picture below to get involved:

Ask an Astronomer and win a prize for your school!

NB: This competiton is open to UK Schools only and closes on 30th April 2013

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B2. Quiz I - A quick 'orbiting objects' test...

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The Cosmic Comics Space Quiz - Part I

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B3. Quiz II - Asteroids and Comets

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The Cosmic Comics Space Quiz - Part II

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Articles and real science

C1. 'Ask an Astronomer' - your questions answered

You've tested our expert with your questions and he's got the knowledge!

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Ask an Astronomer - the answers...

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C2. News: Fireballs in the sky - the Russian meteor

On 15th February 2013 a fireball lit up the sky above central Russia...

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Meteor blazes trail across the morning sky

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C3. Get your school star asteroid spotting with the Faulkes Telescope Project

Cosmic Comics isn't science fiction - UK schools really are involved in spotting everything from comets and asteroids to planets, stars and galaxies...

One of the stars of Cosmic Comics is the Faulkes Telescope Project. For the last 9 years it has been providing schools all over the world, including the UK, the chance to access to research-grade telescopes in Hawaii and Australia - for free!

To find out how your school can get involved click here...
The Faulkes Telescope South

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