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7 explanations for why mysterious radio bursts are coming from space

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 6:30am
Astronomers are scratching their heads over extremely fast radio bursts. Now they're making a list of all the theories for what - or who - is making them
Categories: Astronomy

The BepiColombo spacecraft is about to blast off to Mercury

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:15am
On 20 October, the BepiColombo spacecraft will begin a 7-year journey to Mercury, where it will orbit and investigate the many mysteries of Mercury
Categories: Astronomy

Cosmic supercluster is largest object ever seen in the early universe

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:00am
A gigantic supercluster of galaxies that existed just two billion years after the big bang could tell us how much dark matter was around in the early universe
Categories: Astronomy

Alien life could spread between solar systems on interstellar rocks

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 9:45am
Researchers have calculated that living organisms may be able to hitch a ride aboard interstellar rocks to spread not only between planets, but across the galaxy
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Mysterious cosmic radio signal spotted unusually close to Earth

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 7:13am
The first fast radio burst to be detected in a nearby galaxy may provide clues about what – or who – is able to transmit these strange, powerful signals
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Don’t miss – a dance of death, musical exploration and maps from light

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:00am
Entertain and inform yourself at the Manchester Science Festival, lap up Bach, the universe and everything in London, or delve into a new book on the lasers that are transforming the world
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Amateurs used a Chinese satellite to photograph Earth and the moon

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 9:56am
A tiny Chinese satellite in lunar orbit is designed to accept commands from amateurs, and has captured a new view of the Earth and its moon
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Soyuz crash could kill the ISS and set space flight back decades

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:29pm
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has crash landed after an attempted launch to the International Space Station, which may throw a wrench in space flight plans
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The Sun review – a shiny blockbuster for London’s Science Museum

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:00pm
Mesmerising footage from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and an exquisite Bronze Age golden disc help a new show capture our complex relationship with the sun
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Astronauts make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket malfunctions

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 5:46am
A rocket carrying two people to the International Space Station has just made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after a booster malfunctioned  
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Moons can have moons and they are called moonmoons

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 6:53am
If a moon is big enough and far enough from its planet, it can host its own smaller moon, called a ‘moonmoon’ - and four worlds in our solar system fit the bill
Categories: Astronomy

Are Virgin Galactic and Richard Branson really going to space soon?

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 6:50am
Richard Branson has said that his space flight company, Virgin Galactic, will go to space “within weeks”. Here’s what you need to know about his claims
Categories: Astronomy

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have a belt of 15-metre-tall ice spikes

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 11:00am
Landing on Jupiter’s moon Europa will be even harder than we thought due to a forbidding belt of huge ice spikes that could trap or incapacitate a spacecraft
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Hubble Space Telescope taken out of action by faulty gyroscopes

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 5:41am
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been temporarily shut down as technical faults have hampered its ability to point in the right direction
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We’ve spotted the shock wave from an invisible explosion in space

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 2:12pm
For the first time, astronomers have spotted the shock wave from a powerful space explosion called a gamma ray burst without being able to see the burst itself
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Cassini revealed three big surprises before diving into Saturn

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 11:00am
Before the Cassini spacecraft melted away in Saturn’s atmosphere, it hurtled between the planet and its rings 22 times - and made some strange discoveries
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First known exomoon could be a baffling monster the size of Neptune

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 2:00pm
Last year, New Scientist reported the possible discovery of the first ever exomoon. Now new evidence suggests that if it does exist, it is very strange
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Row with Russia and SpaceX delays could leave NASA unable to reach ISS

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 1:00pm
Talk of sabotage on the International Space Station has exposed cracks in the US-Russia space relationship that could see NASA unable to fly astronauts into orbit
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Third lander arrives on asteroid Ryugu with only 16 hours to live

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 5:20am
Japan has just dropped off its third lander on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. It has less than a day to complete its mission before its batteries run out
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Gaia spacecraft prepares to weather an incoming meteoroid storm

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 3:00am
A spacecraft currently mapping the Milky Way could be pelted by space dust next week, so the European Space Agency is putting up its shields
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