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Heat blast is smoking gun for how the Galaxy's most extreme stars form

HEAT BLAST IS SMOKING GUN FOR HOW THE GALAXY'S MOST EXTREME STARS FORM

A powerful wave of thermal radiation caught rippling through an accretionary disc of gas surrounding a distant protostar could be the...

Here's your chance to spot Mercury, as it cosies up to Venus this weekend

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO SPOT MERCURY, AS IT COSIES UP TO VENUS THIS WEEKEND

Look to the north-west on the evening of Friday 22 May, soon after sunset, to enjoy a spectacular coming together of brilliant Venus...

 
 
 
See Comet 2020 F8 gracing UK skies tonight!

SEE COMET 2020 F8 GRACING UK SKIES TONIGHT!

Comet 2020 F8 is now on show across the UK after rocketing northwards during April and earlier this month. Initially, it was hoped...

Gemini North captures ‘lucky' shot of Jupiter in all its infrared glory

GEMINI NORTH CAPTURES ‘LUCKY' SHOT OF JUPITER IN ALL ITS INFRARED GLORY

Using a technique known as “lucky imaging,” astronomers have pieced together some of the highest resolution images of Jupiter ever...

 
 
 
Astronomers find closest black hole yet in ‘nearby' star system

ASTRONOMERS FIND CLOSEST BLACK HOLE YET IN ‘NEARBY' STAR SYSTEM

An artist's impression depicts the orbits of two stars and a stellar mass black hole in a triple system just 1,000 light years from...

Eta Aquarid meteor shower reaches peak

ETA AQUARID METEOR SHOWER REACHES PEAK

Although the short-period comet 1P/Halley, the most famous comet of all, will not return to the inner Solar System until 2061, if you...

 
 
 
SpaceX to debut satellite-dimming sunshade on next Starlink launch

SPACEX TO DEBUT SATELLITE-DIMMING SUNSHADE ON NEXT STARLINK LAUNCH

SpaceX plans to debut a new sunshade structure on its future Starlink satellites. Credit: SpaceX A new sunshade, or visor, designed...

A hundred thousand supernovae

A HUNDRED THOUSAND SUPERNOVAE

Click image for full size version. Image: ESO/Francisco Nogueras Lara et al. Countless stars fill the scene in this revealing infrared...

 
 
 
Scientists optimistic planetary probes won't face coronavirus launch delays

SCIENTISTS OPTIMISTIC PLANETARY PROBES WON'T FACE CORONAVIRUS LAUNCH DELAYS

Artist's concept of the Lucy spacecraft flying by Trojan asteroids. Credit: NASA/SWRI Launches of interplanetary missions can only...

Hubble captures dramatic images of comet flying apart

HUBBLE CAPTURES DRAMATIC IMAGES OF COMET FLYING APART

Comet C/2019 Y4 , as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope on 20 and 23 April. Image: NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt and Q. Ye Hopes that comet...

 
 
 
NASA narrows design for rocket to launch samples off of Mars

NASA NARROWS DESIGN FOR ROCKET TO LAUNCH SAMPLES OFF OF MARS

This illustration shows a concept of how the NASA Mars Ascent Vehicle, carrying tubes containing rock and soil samples, could be launched...

Hubble marks 30th anniversary with spectacular peek into the Large Magellanic Cloud

HUBBLE MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECTACULAR PEEK INTO THE LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch on 24 April 1990, NASA and the European Space Agency released a...

 
 
 
Hubble at 30: A cosmic legacy

HUBBLE AT 30: A COSMIC LEGACY

Amid flame and smoke, the Hubble Space Telescope blasted off the launch pad aboard the space shuttle Discovery 30 years ago today,...

Patrick Moore reports on the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope

PATRICK MOORE REPORTS ON THE LAUNCH OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

Off at last By Patrick Moore This article was first published in the June 1990 issue of Astronomy Now The watchers: the Astronomer...

 
 
 

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T: THE CASE OF THE VANISHING EXOPLANET

An artist's impression of two asteroid-size bodies crashing together around the nearby star Fomalhaut. Astronomers initially believed...

Beginners' astronomy: how to see the Lyrid meteor shower

BEGINNERS' ASTRONOMY: HOW TO SEE THE LYRID METEOR SHOWER

Shooting stars will be seen zipping through the night sky this week with the arrival of the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower, coinciding...

 
 
 
How do you give ESO's Very Large Telescope an eye exam? Very, very carefully

HOW DO YOU GIVE ESO'S VERY LARGE TELESCOPE AN EYE EXAM? VERY, VERY CAREFULLY

Amateur astronomers are familiar with the occasional need to carefully clean their telescope's optics or, more frequently, to collimate...

Earth-size habitable-zone planet found in archived Kepler data

EARTH-SIZE HABITABLE-ZONE PLANET FOUND IN ARCHIVED KEPLER DATA

An artist's impression of Kepler-1649c, an exoplanet found in archived Kepler data, is roughly the size of Earth and orbiting in a...

 
 
 
Beginners' astronomy: That bright light you can see in the western sky? That's Venus

BEGINNERS' ASTRONOMY: THAT BRIGHT LIGHT YOU CAN SEE IN THE WESTERN SKY? THAT'S VENUS

During the warm evenings and clear skies of recent weeks, you may have noticed a brilliant, shining beacon towards the west, far brighter...

Star's orbit around black hole more proof Einstein was right

STAR'S ORBIT AROUND BLACK HOLE MORE PROOF EINSTEIN WAS RIGHT

An artist's impression of how the orbit of a star going around the Milky Way's central black hole precesses exactly as predicted by...

 
 
 



When will football return? Latest on Premier League Project Restart plans...

When will football return? Latest on Premier League Project Restart plans, training and player testing

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Coronavirus: PM To Face Grilling As Dominic Cummings Row Rages On And Three...

Coronavirus: PM To Face Grilling As Dominic Cummings Row Rages On And Three Other Things You Need To Know

Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more. Boris Johnson is set to face a grilling from senior MPs as the row... Read more ...

Twitter gave Trump tweets a ‘fact-checking' warning and he got very angry...

Twitter gave Trump tweets a ‘fact-checking' warning and he got very angry about it

Apparently, Donald Trump's tweets aren't always factually accurate. Who knew! Twitter has flagged tweets from US president Donald Trump with a fact-check warning. The social... Read more ...

Elton John 'moved to tears' by contestant's performance on America's Got Talent

Elton John 'moved to tears' by contestant's performance on America's Got Talent

Archie Williams was accused of raping and stabbing a white woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when he was 22. Read more ...

Jimmy Fallon 'very sorry' for 2000 blackface skit on Saturday Night Live

Jimmy Fallon 'very sorry' for 2000 blackface skit on Saturday Night Live

US late night TV host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for wearing blackface during a Saturday Night Live sketch 20 years ago. Read more ...

Good Morning Britain's Ben Shephard opens up about sweet reunion with his mum

Good Morning Britain's Ben Shephard opens up about sweet reunion with his mum

Good Morning Britain star Ben Shephard has opened up about the sweet reunion he had with... Read more ...

ISS commander hails today's SpaceX launch as ‘step towards the future'

ISS commander hails today's SpaceX launch as ‘step towards the future'

This illustration made available by SpaceX depicts the company's Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket during the uncrewed In-Flight Abort Test for Nasa's Commercial Crew... Read more ...

What time is NASA's astronaut launch tonight? How to watch live from the UK

What time is NASA's astronaut launch tonight? How to watch live from the UK

NASA and SpaceX will launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley into space on board a Falcon 9 rocket, on a 400 kilometre journey to the International Space Station Read more ...

Coronavirus LIVE: Cities and towns to be SEALED OFF in new plan to stop...

Coronavirus LIVE: Cities and towns to be SEALED OFF in new plan to stop outbreaks

THE UK could institute local lockdowns in the future, Health Secretary Matt Hancock claimed yesterday, in order to control future "flare-ups" in cases. Read more ...

Wednesday morning news briefing: Tory revolt grows

Wednesday morning news briefing: Tory revolt grows

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