Space

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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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Starwatch: look to the east at dawn for a sight of gibbous moon
On successive days, before the sun rises, the visible planets will be visited in turn by the waning moon

Stuart Clark

20, 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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Did a Martian have a break – with a KitKat? | Brief letters
Brief letters: Litter left behind | Getting rid of things | Moving on from Partygate | Russian spy’s wrong turn | The Green Man in the tree

Letters

17, Jun, 2022 @4:36 PM

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Nasa rover sighting reignites fears about human space debris
Object thought to be piece of thermal blanket from when Perseverance touched down on planet

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

16, Jun, 2022 @11:40 AM

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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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Gaia probe reveals stellar DNA and unexpected ‘starquakes’
The robotic spacecraft unravels the history of the our galaxy’s evolution – and could identify habitable regions of the Milky Way

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

13, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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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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Nasa to launch rockets from the Northern Territory for scientific research
Nasa says missions will investigate heliophysics, astrophysics and planetary science phenomena only observable from southern hemisphere

Katharine Murphy Political editor

07, Jun, 2022 @10:24 PM

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Is human pollution causing clouds to form near the edge of space?
Noctilucent clouds, which glow after sunset, are the highest known clouds in Earth’s atmosphere

Stuart Clark

06, 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: Virgo is at its most visible in northern spring skies
Constellation is now on opposite side of sky to the sun and best placed for night-time observation

Stuart Clark

30, May, 2022 @6:37 AM

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