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  • An artist's impression of the Moonspike rocket flying out of the Earth's atmosphere. Image credit: Moonspike

    Moonspike uses KickStarter to launch a bid for the Moon

    A new mission to the Moon was announced this week, built by private enterprise and expected to be backed by thousands of space fans. British firm Moonspike aims to launch a 22-ton, three-stage rocket to fire an unmanned probe into the Moon.

  • Dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes are thought to be formed by a seasonal flow of liquid water. They are seen here such on an image of Hale Crater produced by combining 3D modelling with images from the HiRISE camera on board Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

    NASA finds water on Mars again – this time it’s liquid

    NASA announced last night that liquid water is still flowing on Mars. The “major science finding” promised by the space agency turned out to be confirmation that salty water is thought to have been detected running down slopes on the Red Planet.

  • A total eclipse of the Moon photographed by the writer. Image credit: Paul Sutherland

    How to watch rare total eclipse of the supermoon

    A total lunar eclipse on Sunday night, 27-28 September, will coincide with a rare supermoon – and the entire event will be visible, providing skies stay clear, from the UK and much of the USA.

  • Overall winner - Eclipse Totality over Sassendalen. Image credit: Luc Jamet

    See stunning winning entries of space photo contest

    For some years now, the skills of amateur astronomers in taking pictures of the sky has been recognised by the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This year the contest produced another crop of stunning images from around the world.

  • This spectacular view back towards Pluto was taken just 15 minutes after New Horizons' closest approach on 14 July and includes mountains up to 3,500 metres high. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

    Must-see photos of Pluto resemble an icy Earth

    NASA’s New Horizons has sent back some some amazing images of Pluto, but the latest released will take your breath away.

  • Five top targets in the Solar System

    The Moon may have been more active than thought. Photo: Paul Sutherland

    If you are the proud owner of a new telescope, you may be wondering what you can see through it. There is so much in the night sky that it can...


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