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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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Planets with two suns may be common, say scientists

The enduring image of Luke Skywalker staring at two suns on his planet of Tatooine in the film Star Wars resonates with many. Scientists now

The enduring image of Luke Skywalker staring at two suns on his planet of Tatooine in the film Star Wars resonates with many. Scientists now

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Three Planets in Habitable Zone

The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced on Tuesday. An

The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced on Tuesday. An

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The gaping 'hole' in the Sun

A comet’s close encounter with the Sun has given scientists a look at a solar region that has never been visited by spacecraft. In 2011, comet

A comet’s close encounter with the Sun has given scientists a look at a solar region that has never been visited by spacecraft. In 2011, comet

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Jupiter, Venus and Mercury prepare for 'Dance of the Planets'

There is to be a rare celestial choreography in the night sky from May 24 until the end of the month involving three of Earth’s neighbours in the

There is to be a rare celestial choreography in the night sky from May 24 until the end of the month involving three of Earth’s neighbours in the

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Three new planets spotted

In brief: astronomers have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The smallest is about the size

In brief: astronomers have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The smallest is about the size