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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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Pluto’s peaks are ice volcanoes, scientists conclude
Existence of volcanoes makes idea that dwarf planet is inert ball of ice look increasingly improbable

Linda Geddes Science correspondent

29, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Starwatch: where to look to spot the elusive Mercury
Small rocky planet is relatively high in the sky these days, and this is a good chance to see it

Stuart Clark

10, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Out of this world: did Earth’s water come from icy comets and grains of space dust?
New British research backs theory that parched planet’s water all came from extraterrestrial source

Robin McKie Science editor

11, Dec, 2021 @5:00 PM

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New mission to scour our interstellar neighbourhood for planets that could sustain life
Privately funded Toliman telescope to be launched into low-earth orbit to search Alpha Centauri star system

Donna Lu

16, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Carolyn Shoemaker obituary
American astronomer, leading asteroid hunter and co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which crashed into Jupiter

Michael Rowan-Robinson

27, Sep, 2021 @5:46 PM

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Viruses may exist ‘elsewhere in the universe’, warns scientist
Prof Paul Davies suggests viruses may form vital part of ecosystems on other planets

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

06, Sep, 2021 @10:55 AM

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‘Mini-Neptunes’ beyond solar system may soon yield signs of life
Cambridge astronomers identify new hycean class of habitable exoplanets, which could accelerate search for life

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

25, Aug, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Why science can’t resist the allure of Venus: new missions to Earth’s nearest planetary neighbour
With a surface hot enough to melt lead, Venus has been left alone by space agencies for a decade. Now we are about to learn more about its climate – and the chances of life on other planets

Robin McKie Science Editor

04, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Scotland’s first female astronomer royal looks to open the universe to all
Renowned astrophysicist Prof Catherine Heymans hopes to broaden the appeal of her white male-dominated field

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

13, Jun, 2021 @2:10 PM

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Starwatch: your best chance of the year to see Mercury at night
Observers in the northern hemisphere can start tonight to look for the elusive target

Stuart Clark

10, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Astrology is definitely not written in the stars | Letter
Letters: We need to follow rationality and logic, not hocus-pocus, says John Zarnecki


23, Dec, 2020 @5:09 PM

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