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  • 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.

  • Hubble's image of the sparkling stars in the globular cluster Terzan 7. NASA, ESA, and A. Sarajedini (University of Florida)

    Milky Way steals star cluster from another galaxy

    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a sparkling star cluster called Terzan 7 show that was stolen by the Milky Way from a merging neighbour, the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy.

  • 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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