All About Space

In the shops

The latest books, apps, software, tech and accessorie­s for space and astronomy fans alike

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FOR TEATIME

ROCKET TEA INFUSER

Cost: £3.00 / $4.16

From: therefillj­ar.co.uk

1 Add some fun to your morning brew with this charming rocket-shaped tea infuser. Simply add the loose tea and leave it in a cup of water – hot or cold – to infuse for as long as you need to create the perfect strength cup of tea. The lightweigh­t stainless-steel rocket infuser is easy to clean due to the hinged design, and also comes with a handy drip tray.

FOR YOUR WARDROBE

SCIENCE MUSEUM SPACE JUNK T-SHIRT

Cost: £25 (approx. $34.15)

From: shop.sciencemus­eum.org.uk

2 There are currently over 170 million pieces of space debris in orbit around Earth; it is one of the largest space problems, and we are not talking about it enough. This striking space junk T-shirt from the Science Museum makes for the perfect conversati­on starter. The T-shirt illustrate­s what all this debris looks like in space and conveys the sheer scale of the problem. Made from 100 per cent premium cotton, this T-shirt is both durable and comfortabl­e. It’s available in sizes small, medium, large and extra large.

FOR YOUR HOME

MICHELLE COLLINS COSMIC RUG

Cost: From £79 (approx. $108)

From: dunelm.com

3 This stunning rug features a beautiful cosmic scene created by the talented artist Michelle Collins. The artwork has been digitally printed onto the rug, which is sure to make a statement in any room. It’s available in two colourways: Cosmic Rose and Cosmic Navy. It’s also available in two sizes: 120 by 170 centimetre­s (47 by 67 inches) and 150 by 230 centimetre­s (59 by 90.5 inches). The flatweave pile ensures this rug is relatively easy to care for, making it a perfect addition to your home.

FOR FUN

ESTES SPACE CORPS DARC-1

Cost: £24.99 / $29.99

From: alshobbies.co.uk / estesrocke­ts.com

4 Model rocket maker Estes has unveiled its newest expert-level rocket, the DARC-1, as the latest addition to its Space Corps line – DARC stands for Deep Atmospheri­c Research Craft.

The model has a length of 23.6 centimetre­s (9.3 inches), as well as a projected maximum altitude of 122 metres (400 feet) using Estes’ B6-2, C5-3 or C6-3 size motors. The model rocket itself is on sale for £24.99, but you will need a launch pad, launch controller – and batteries – Estes model rocket motors, starters and recovery wadding for a successful launch, which are all sold separately.

FOR OBSERVING

EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC POP-UP TWO-ROOM OBSERVATOR­Y

Cost: £233 / $279.99

From: telescopeh­ouse.com / telescopes.net

5 Kit yourself out for the start of astronomy season with this handy portable tent observator­y. Protect your astroimage­s from wind, stray light and weather, so that blurred and dazzled images become a thing of the past. The roomy design includes two separate rooms, each 1.52 by 1.52 metres (5 by 5 feet), so there is plenty of space to house your equipment. The tent is also easy to transport, measuring just 70 by 10 centimetre­s (27.5 by 3.9 inches) folded and weighing three kilograms, making it the ideal astronomy companion.

FOR DECORATION

MINI PLANET PLANTERS

Cost: £15.99 / $23

From: thetrouvai­lles.com

6 Spruce up your office space or home with these quirky little planet planters. Available in three colourways – white, tan and blue – there’s a mini planet for every room and mood. Measuring 12 by 7.5 centimetre­s (4.7 by 3 inches) and with an opening of five centimetre­s (two inches), these little planters are perfect for a small succulent or air plant. An ideal gift for yourself or a fellow space and plant lover.

“THESE LITTLE PLANTERS ARE PERFECT FOR A SMALL SUCCULENT OR AIR PLANT”

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