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Uranus’s crooked, messy magnetic field might open and shut daily

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00pm
The off-kilter tumbling of the magnetic bubble around Uranus may regularly let a barrage of charged particles from the solar wind flow in
Categories: Astronomy

ESA approves gravitational-wave hunting spacecraft for 2034

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:00am
The triplet LISA spacecraft, which will use powerful lasers to measure ripples in space-time from supermassive black holes, have been green-lit
Categories: Astronomy

Weird orbits hint ‘Planet Ten’ might lurk at solar system edge

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:00am
Astronomers studying icy objects in a distant region called the Kuiper belt say an unconfirmed planet with similar mass to Mars could be responsible for tugging them out of alignment
Categories: Astronomy

Buckyballs mysteriously show up in cold space and warp starlight

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:30pm
These molecular carbon cages could be used as tracers to understand how prebiotic molecules form in space
Categories: Astronomy

Kepler finds 219 new exoplanets and 10 are rocky and Earth-like

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 5:53am
NASA’s Kepler team has released its latest batch of planet candidates and they fall into two kinds: ones like Earth and those like mini-Neptunes
Categories: Astronomy

The bandwidth black hole that will kill Elon Musk’s Mars dream

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 2:30pm
Without a new interplanetary internet to support the imminent boom in Martian probes, those with hopes of walking on the Red Planet will be stuck on Earth
Categories: Astronomy

Spectrum wars: The battle for the airwaves

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:00am
TV, mobiles, broadband, ID tags, tyre pressure sensors in your car: the radio spectrum may be our playground, but spectral noise is a nightmare for stargazers
Categories: Astronomy

NASA eyes Neptune and Uranus for missions in the 2030s

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:05am
Four possible missions to the ice giants are being proposed, including orbiters and a fly-by, to tell us what they’re made of and how such planets form
Categories: Astronomy

Time to embrace our odd place in the cosmos, inside a huge void?

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 7:19am
Evidence is growing that our neck of the universe is a whole lot of nothing. This alluring idea could settle a cosmological bun fight, says Geraint Lewis
Categories: Astronomy

Chinese satellite beats distance record for quantum entanglement

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:00pm
Entangled photons survived transmission to locations 1200 kilometres apart on Earth, a feat that could kick off the use of quantum satellites for secure communications
Categories: Astronomy

Mistaken brown dwarf is actually two planets orbiting each other

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:53pm
New observations reveal a rare binary planet system made of two gas giants four times as massive as Jupiter that likely formed in the breakup of a protostar 10 million years ago
Categories: Astronomy

The Higgs bang: The particle that blew up the universe

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 7:00am
It gives everything mass, and now some people think the Higgs boson sparked the stupendous split-second inflation that made the cosmos we see today
Categories: Astronomy

Messages from fake aliens decoded quickly in online SETI contest

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:00am
The general public were challenged to decrypt a pretend message from outer space consisting of nearly 2 million binary digits. They took less than a month to solve it
Categories: Astronomy

NASA revives 50-year-old idea to recycle space stations in orbit

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:13am
The space agency will work with three private companies to test whether spent fuel cells can be turned into fully functioning space stations while in orbit
Categories: Astronomy

Orbiting ‘space nation’ data centre could avoid all Earthly laws

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:30am
The self-styled Asgardia space nation plans to launch a data-filled satellite this year. Could international space law stop them if they decided to go rogue?
Categories: Astronomy

How Jupiter split the asteroid belt in two shows its great age

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:00pm
An analysis of meteorites shows that Jupiter divided the rocks of the asteroid belt into two families within the first million years of the solar system
Categories: Astronomy

First mission to the moon: The real lesson

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 8:00am
Apollo 8 marked the start of humanity’s journey beyond Earth. But as a new book shows, space travel can also bring the focus back home
Categories: Astronomy

This science fiction trip is delightful, confusing – and risky

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 1:22pm
Pinning down science fiction in a new exhibition may be a hopeless task. Just let Into the Unknown inspire you to boldly explore your own new frontiers
Categories: Astronomy

General relativity passes test at Milky Way’s central black hole

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:30am
Stars orbiting the supermassive black hole have been used to test Einstein’s famous theory for the first time, with no sign found of a fifth fundamental force
Categories: Astronomy

The mystery xenon in Earth’s atmosphere came from icy comets

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00pm
The moon is younger than we thought according to data from the Rosetta spacecraft that shows 22 per cent of our atmospheric xenon came from comets
Categories: Astronomy