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  • The bright yellow blob in the centre of this image of the Teacup galaxy shows the jets caused by the supermassive black hole, while the red depicts the lobes of gas extending from the centre. Image credit:: C. Harrison, A. Thomson; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF; NASA.

    Astronomers uncover a storm in a teacup

    A team of astronomers from the UK, the USA, and Chile have found that a fairly run-of-the-mill galaxy is much more energetic than previously believed.

  • Curiosity's new selfie, assembled from dozens of separate images taken by the rover in January. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

    NASA’s Curiosity confirms methane on Mars

    NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has confirmed the existence of methane, which is a molecule that can potentially be produced by microbial life.

  • An enhanced view of the ATV-5's departure from the ISS reveals the stars. Image credit: ESA

    Go stargazing from orbit!

    I was watching the video of the European Space Agency’s fifth and final ATV cargo ship, Georges Lemaitre, departing from the International Space Station, when I became curious as to the stars visible in the sky.

  • Lunar halo by Paul Sutherland

    Beautiful lunar halo tonight

    Here is a lovely lunar halo, photographed by me tonight from Walmer, Kent, and due to moonlight refracting on ice crystals.

  • An artist's impression of a gas giant planet like the one discovered by citizen scientists. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

    Amateurs spot exoplanet with fast-changing orbit

    The citizen science project Planet Hunters has detected an exoplanet that fell through the cracks of the automated computer searches.

  • 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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