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China begins operating giant telescope to explore deep space

China has taken a big step forward in space exploration: a huge radio telescope – the largest in the world – has begun operating from its base in the southwest of the…

China has taken a big step forward in space exploration: a huge radio telescope – the largest in the world – has begun operating from its base in the southwest of the…

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Solar eclipse watchers celebrate Reunion 'ring of fire'

A solar eclipse delighted astronomy fans on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Thursday (September 1), drawing sky watchers outside to watch the moon pass before the sun to make a so-called “ring o

A solar eclipse delighted astronomy fans on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Thursday (September 1), drawing sky watchers outside to watch the moon pass before the sun to make a so-called “ring o

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Earth-like planet on our cosmic doorstep

Just 40 trillion kilometres away – not so far in astronomical terms – a potentially habitable planet has been found by scientists.

Just 40 trillion kilometres away – not so far in astronomical terms – a potentially habitable planet has been found by scientists.

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Is this 2,000-year-old tool the world's oldest computer?

For over a century since it was found in an ancient shipwreck, scientists have been scratching their heads over the exact function of the Antikythera mechanism, named after the Greek island off which

For over a century since it was found in an ancient shipwreck, scientists have been scratching their heads over the exact function of the Antikythera mechanism, named after the Greek island off which

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[WATCH] 'Fireball season' is here! Meteor streaks across Maine sky

A huge fireball was sighted in the skies of Maine, northeastern America, early yesterday morning (Tuesday 17). The American Meteor Society has not

A huge fireball was sighted in the skies of Maine, northeastern America, early yesterday morning (Tuesday 17). The American Meteor Society has not

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Thousands flock to Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun to mark spring equinox

Visitors flocked to Mexico’s Pyramid of the Sun on Sunday (March 20) in the sacred city of Teotihuacan, to perform the traditional raising of their

Visitors flocked to Mexico’s Pyramid of the Sun on Sunday (March 20) in the sacred city of Teotihuacan, to perform the traditional raising of their

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Northern Lights make rare UK appearance

Lucky stargazers in Northern Ireland were treated to a rare sight – the Aurora Borealis gracing the skies over the United Kingdom. Peter Irvine

Lucky stargazers in Northern Ireland were treated to a rare sight – the Aurora Borealis gracing the skies over the United Kingdom. Peter Irvine

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Indonesia set to see a rare total solar eclipse on Wednesday

Indonesia is getting ready for a rare total solar eclipse that will be seen across Southeast Asia and parts of the Pacific on Wednesday (March 9)

Indonesia is getting ready for a rare total solar eclipse that will be seen across Southeast Asia and parts of the Pacific on Wednesday (March 9)

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ExoMars set for imminent launch to Red Planet

Was there ever life on the red planet? That is one of the major scientific questions of our time, and the European Space Agency is searching for an

Was there ever life on the red planet? That is one of the major scientific questions of our time, and the European Space Agency is searching for an

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[In pictures] Indonesia witnesses total solar eclipse

These are the latest pictures from Indonesia, which has witnessed a total solar eclipse. Thousands of eclipse-watchers have travelled to the Asian

These are the latest pictures from Indonesia, which has witnessed a total solar eclipse. Thousands of eclipse-watchers have travelled to the Asian

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High hopes Japanese satellite will unravel mysteries of Universe

A rocket carrying an astronomy observation satellite has been successfully launched from southern Japan. ASTRO-H is equipped with four telescopes

A rocket carrying an astronomy observation satellite has been successfully launched from southern Japan. ASTRO-H is equipped with four telescopes

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Has "PlutoKiller" discovered a new ninth planet?

In 2006 we lost our ninth planet when Pluto was demoted after other small icy bodies were found beyond Neptune. The scientist who helped “kill off “

In 2006 we lost our ninth planet when Pluto was demoted after other small icy bodies were found beyond Neptune. The scientist who helped “kill off “

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ISS crew return to Earth

Three International Space Station crew members have landed back on Earth in the snows of Kazakhstan. A capsule carrying NASA astronaut Kjell

Three International Space Station crew members have landed back on Earth in the snows of Kazakhstan. A capsule carrying NASA astronaut Kjell

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[WATCH] Meteor storm turns Thai skies green

A green fireball believed to be a meteor was seen flashing through the skies above Thailand on Monday. The incident was witnessed by people across

A green fireball believed to be a meteor was seen flashing through the skies above Thailand on Monday. The incident was witnessed by people across

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Scientists amazed at diversity of Pluto's colours

Pluto has a diverse surface with a rich variety of colours, according to a new study. The paper, published in Science magazine, is the first on

Pluto has a diverse surface with a rich variety of colours, according to a new study. The paper, published in Science magazine, is the first on

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Rosetta: duck comet is double bill

The rubber duck-shaped comet being tracked by Europe’s Rosetta probe is in fact a double bill. Scientists say data from the probe shows the comet

The rubber duck-shaped comet being tracked by Europe’s Rosetta probe is in fact a double bill. Scientists say data from the probe shows the comet

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Moon puts on stunning display during eclipse

Star gazers have been treated to a stunning lunar display as the Earth cast its shadow over the familiar orb gradually producing a reddish glow. 🌘

Star gazers have been treated to a stunning lunar display as the Earth cast its shadow over the familiar orb gradually producing a reddish glow. 🌘

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Supermoon eclipse double feature!

This Sunday night, Earth will have a Supermoon Eclipse, its first in 33 years! It is important to note that there are two things happening here at

This Sunday night, Earth will have a Supermoon Eclipse, its first in 33 years! It is important to note that there are two things happening here at

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Perseid meteor shower: how to watch the stellar show

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Wednesday (August 12) and Thursday (August 13) evening. It runs from late July to late of August as the

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Wednesday (August 12) and Thursday (August 13) evening. It runs from late July to late of August as the

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Rosetta comet’s closest approach to the Sun

The Rosetta 67P comet makes its closest approach to the Sun on Thursday, August 13, 2015, promising a flurry of activity as it reaches the special

The Rosetta 67P comet makes its closest approach to the Sun on Thursday, August 13, 2015, promising a flurry of activity as it reaches the special

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Striking photos of the ‘not at all blue’ moon

On the last evening of July a second full moon occurred, which is called a blue moon. As the photos below show it has nothing to do with the colour

On the last evening of July a second full moon occurred, which is called a blue moon. As the photos below show it has nothing to do with the colour

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Explainer: why the blue moon will not be blue

Every calendar month has a full moon. This July will see two. The first occurred on July 2, the second July 31. And this is called a blue moon. The

Every calendar month has a full moon. This July will see two. The first occurred on July 2, the second July 31. And this is called a blue moon. The

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Nasa announces the discovery of an earth-like planet

NASA says its Kepler Mission has discovered an earth-size planet similar to our own. The new discovery, called Kepler-452b orbits around a sun-like

NASA says its Kepler Mission has discovered an earth-size planet similar to our own. The new discovery, called Kepler-452b orbits around a sun-like

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Pluto: New Horizons space probe provides closest-ever pictures

The closest-ever pictures of Pluto, showing details of its geology, have been provided – courtesy of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Launched nine

The closest-ever pictures of Pluto, showing details of its geology, have been provided – courtesy of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Launched nine

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The month of June will go to extra time with a leap second

The month of June will be longer than last year – and that’s official. Yes, you will have more time on your hands on June 30th. A lengthy summer

The month of June will be longer than last year – and that’s official. Yes, you will have more time on your hands on June 30th. A lengthy summer

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Safe landing for ISS crew

A three-member crew departed the International Space Station on Thursday (June 11) after more than six months in space. The Soyuz spacecraft was

A three-member crew departed the International Space Station on Thursday (June 11) after more than six months in space. The Soyuz spacecraft was

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Millions enjoy 'the best eclipse in years'

Millions of people have enjoyed watching what astronomers are calling ‘the best solar eclipse in years.’ Some of the clearest views were from Norway

Millions of people have enjoyed watching what astronomers are calling ‘the best solar eclipse in years.’ Some of the clearest views were from Norway

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Lost Mars probe Beagle 2 found on the red planet

A British-built Mars probe called Beagle 2, which was last heard from in 2003, has been found on the surface of the red planet. The spacecraft was

A British-built Mars probe called Beagle 2, which was last heard from in 2003, has been found on the surface of the red planet. The spacecraft was