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  • An artistic concept of Kepler-186f based on the scientists’ findings about the new world. Image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

    New Earth-sized planet could host alien life

    Planet-hunters have made a major breakthrough by discovering the first Earth-sized rocky world that lies in its home star’s habitable zone.

     
  • An artist’s impression shows the yellow hypergiant star HR 5171. Credit: ESO

    Monster yellow star is 1,300 times wider than the Sun

    Astronomers have discovered that a star that is just too faint to be seen with the unaided eye is actually one of the biggest and brightest ever identified in our galaxy.

     
  • How the main spread of dishes forming the SKA will look in the desert. Credit: SKA Organisation

    Giant radio telescope gets funding boost from UK

    The UK has announced funding of £119 million for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project that will build a vast telescope across southern Africa and Australia.

     
  • A true-colour image of Jupiter from the Cassini spacecraft, on its way to Saturn, shows Europa casting a shadow on the planet's cloud tops. Credit: NASA

    National Astronomy Week marks fine show by Jupiter

    Astronomical societies across the UK are focusing on Jupiter to celebrate National Astronomy Week with observing sessions from 1 – 8 March, 2014.

     
  • A NASA artist's impression of a small asteroid striking the Moon. Credit: Steve Roy, Marshall Space Flight Center

    Car-sized asteroid is filmed smashing into the Moon

    Astronomers have filmed a small asteroid smashing into the dark side of the Moon, creating a flash bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

     
 
 
 
 
  • 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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