Astronomy

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Starwatch: Libra is visible all evening but wait until midnight to do it justice
Often depicted as a set of scales, the zodiacal constellation is worth seeing in context between Virgo and Scorpius

Stuart Clark

27, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Spirals of blue light in New Zealand night sky leave stargazers ‘kind of freaking out’
Social media abuzz with pictures and theories about formations thought to be from exhaust plume of SpaceX rocket

Tess McClure in Auckland

20, Jun, 2022 @1:38 AM

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Brian Cox: Seven Days on Mars review – out of this world!
The staggering science and jaw-dropping feats of humanity at mission control for Mars make the particle physicist more excited than ever. Will they find signs of life?

Lucy Mangan

17, Jun, 2022 @9:30 PM

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Fastest-growing black hole of past 9bn years may have been found, Australian-led astronomers say
Scientists spot extremely luminous object powered by supermassive black hole using Coonabarabran telescope

Donna Lu

14, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Starwatch: cop the keystone shape of Hercules
Although not extremely bright, Hercules will cover a large area of sky this summer

Stuart Clark

13, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Rare sight for amateur astronomers as five planets align
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in order of their distance from the sun from Friday

Ian Sample Science editor

02, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Starwatch: pre-dawn delight as moon meets Jupiter and Mars
Sweet spot will not last long as rapidly approaching sunrise will wash their light from the sky

Stuart Clark

23, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Cambridge University astrophysicist loses space project role amid Brexit row
Nicholas Walton gives up leadership of €2.8m pan-European research after dispute over Northern Ireland protocol

Lisa O'Carroll Brexit correspondent

21, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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New US lab to create versions of atoms never recorded on Earth
By studying isotopes scientists hope to gain insight into how elements within exploding stars came to be

Linda Geddes Science correspondent

16, May, 2022 @2:51 PM

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Starwatch: see blood-red Antares pair with the silvery moon
Giant star in Scorpius belongs to class of poorly understood stars which vary in brightness

Stuart Clark

16, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Blood moon: how to catch sight of dramatic eclipse in UK
Earth’s shadow will turn moon brick red just before dawn on Monday, while US will be treated to evening eclipse

Emily Dugan

15, May, 2022 @1:37 PM

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Total lunar eclipse 2022: when, where and what to look out for
The moon passes through the shadow of the Earth next weekend, begins at 0232 BST on 16 May

Stuart Clark

09, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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