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Was SpaceX launch about progress in space, or just a giant ad?

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:00pm
The Falcon Heavy launch was more than just spectacle – it set the stage for a future Mars mission. Now we need to think about who's in the driver's seat
Categories: Astronomy

Oceans on alien worlds may form when the air explodes in flames

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:00am
When hydrogen and oxygen combine in a planet’s atmosphere, they can ignite into a ball of fire and then leave behind liquid water oceans that would be good for life
Categories: Astronomy

Suns and daughters: The family tree that may unite all the stars

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:30am
The chemical make-up of stars tells us a lot about their explosive family history. Unlocking those secrets could reveal how the galaxy got its shape
Categories: Astronomy

China’s reckless attitude to space debris needs to change

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:13am
Recent near misses show China's pursuit of space prowess seems to trump debris risks. The re-entry of its space station is another looming drama, says Paul Marks
Categories: Astronomy

Dark matter could be produced by twisted gravitational waves

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:50am
If gravitational waves – ripples in space time – have a handedness, primordial particles could interact with them to form a dark matter superfluid that spreads through the cosmos
Categories: Astronomy

Delicate solar panels of Martian lander are tested before launch

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:00am
The arrays are due to open for real in November to power a two-year mission to probe the guts of Mars and reveal how rocky planets' core, mantle and crust form
Categories: Astronomy

NASA may lose a major space telescope and space station funding

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 1:11pm
President Trump wants to cut back on major NASA projects, including a space telescope to study dark matter and dark energy, and US funding for the space station
Categories: Astronomy

This record-breaking photo was taken from 6 billion km away

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:00pm
New Horizons is one of the furthest spacecraft from Earth. It sent back pictures of two objects in the Kuiper belt, the most distant photographs ever taken
Categories: Astronomy

Long-lost relatives: An amazing poster of the sun’s family tree

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:00am
A chemical comparison of 22 stars has revealed their common origins. Download this incredible poster to see the extended families of these stars
Categories: Astronomy

We should use nukes to deflect asteroids, says astro algorithm

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:03pm
We've never had to deflect an incoming asteroid before it hits Earth, so how do we know the best way to do it? An algorithm says nuclear weapons are the most effective
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX’s rocket test wasn’t a complete success – but was close

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:42am
SpaceX's historic launch wasn't 100 per cent successful, but there is now a Tesla Roadster floating on an orbit between Mars and Jupiter
Categories: Astronomy

Is Elon Musk’s playboy space odyssey really the future we want?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 9:35am
The Falcon Heavy rocket’s first launch has put a red Tesla Roadster into space. The images are beautiful and fun, but the wider implications aren’t great
Categories: Astronomy

Pre-life molecules found floating in nearby galaxy

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:15am
We’ve seen signs of the most complex molecules ever detected outside our galaxy in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a fairly primitive galaxy 160,000 light years away
Categories: Astronomy

Seeing SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket take off for the first time

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 4:58pm
SpaceX test launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful since the Saturn V rocket. Leah Crane went to Cape Canaveral to see it lift off up close
Categories: Astronomy

Have we just found thousands of planets outside our galaxy?

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Strange fluctuations in the light spectra emitted from near a quasar could be due to the effect of around 2000 planets flung out of their solar systems
Categories: Astronomy

Interstellar: The bizarre visitor from a far-off solar system

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 9:50am
First seen in October 2017, the space rock 'Oumuamua looks like a skyscraper tumbling through space – and challenges our ideas of how planetary systems form
Categories: Astronomy

Shrinking black holes avoid paradox by oozing hidden information

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 8:14am
As black holes evaporate, they release particles that may carry more information than we thought, so black holes may not break the laws of physics after all
Categories: Astronomy

There could be entire stars and planets made out of dark matter

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 4:17pm
Mystery dark matter may not just form halos around galaxies. It could clump together like ordinary matter to make dark planets or stars
Categories: Astronomy

Weird ice found on Neptune and Uranus has now been made on Earth

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:34pm
Bizarre ice that forms under intense pressure and high temperatures may cause Neptune’s and Uranus’s odd magnetic fields. Now, we’ve made this stuff on Earth
Categories: Astronomy

7 things we thought were made by aliens; but weren’t… probably

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:20am
Unexplained phenomena from Martian canals to genomic patterns have been ascribed to alien intelligence – but mainly that's turned out to be wishful thinking
Categories: Astronomy