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Blinded Kepler: all is not lost

Monday, 2 September 2013

NASA’s planet-spotter may be irreparably damaged but the data it has collected will be of use for years to come.

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Galactic ghosts

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Floating, seemingly serenely, in the vastness of interstellar space are numerous ethereal clouds of gas and dust, the unearthly remains of dead and dying stars and the raw materials from which a new generation of stars and planets will be born. But don’t be fooled – their apparent beauty and tranquility belies their violent origins.

Image of the Moon, from NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL

Moon may harbour alien minerals

Monday, 27 May 2013

Minerals found in craters on the Moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the Moon’s innards exposed by such impacts, according to a new study.

Four images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory of an X3.2-class flare from late at night on May 13, 2013. Credit: NASA/SDO/em>

Sun unleashes four potent solar flares

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Sun has unleashed four potent solar flares this week, marking the most intense activity yet this year and causing limited interruptions to high-frequency radio communications.

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The art of physics

Monday, 22 April 2013

Julian Berengut’s research into the fundamental physics of the universe goes beyond pure science and into philosophical questions of human existence, he says.

Relative sizes of the newly discovered habitable-zone planets and Earth. Left to right: Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Earth (except for Earth, these are artists' renditions). Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech

Kepler spots most Earth-like planets yet

Friday, 19 April 2013 - 1 comment

Using a powerful NASA space telescope to scan the skies for planets like ours where life might exist, astronomers said they have found the most Earth-like candidates yet.

NASA launched BLAST-pol (Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope-Polarisation) from Antarctica in December 2012 to measure dust polarisation in galaxies where new stars are being born as a means of examining how magnetic fields affect star formation. Credit: NASA/NREPLAH KRAM

Sky-high astronomy

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Sending balloons to the heady heights of the stratosphere may be a nail-biting exercise, says Ravi Sood, but the payoff in astronomical insight is worth the effort.

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Black hole awakens for planet-sized snack

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

A black hole has been observed awakening from its slumber to consume a planet-sized object in a galaxy 47 million light years away, according to astrophysicists who witnessed the rare event.

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Big Bang radiation map unveiled

Friday, 22 March 2013

A new, detailed map of the most ancient light in the cosmos left over from the Big Bang has revealed our universe to be about 80 million years older than thought, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

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Closest asteroid flyby in recorded history

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

An asteroid the size of a city block is due to come whizzing past Earth in February 2013

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