The sun

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Terrawatch: Rare gas points to deep nebula origins for Earth
Most of rare isotope of helium found on mid-ocean ridges dates to big bang, providing clue to planet’s formation

Kate Ravilious

09, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Spacewatch: French firm raises €2m to sail on sunlight
Gama aims to show that solar sails can revolutionise access to deep space

Stuart Clark

08, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Winter solstice: the shortest day and start of a new season for astronomers
Noon sun is at its lowest altitude in northern hemisphere and directly above tropic of capricorn in the south

Stuart Clark

20, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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What will happen after the sun dies? ‘Serendipitous’ discovery gives clues
A distant gas giant found orbiting a white dwarf star suggests outer planets in our solar system might survive the sun’s demise

Donna Lu

13, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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European Space Agency prepares for back-to-back flybys of Venus
Missions with Nasa and Jaxa will use planet’s pull to lose energy, allowing spacecraft to fall closer to sun

Stuart Clark

06, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Scientist Prue Hart: ‘Sunburn causes havoc in the skin – we should avoid it’
The inflammation researcher explains the health benefits and dangers of soaking up the sun

Linda Geddes

11, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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How and when to watch the solar eclipse on Thursday
The moon will partially cover the sun in the UK later this week, but some parts of the northern hemisphere will experience a total eclipse

Stuart Clark

07, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Let there be light! Why sunny spring days make us happier and healthier
Warmer days and nature awakening are not the only reasons to be cheerful. Scientists explain exactly why this season makes us feel better

Amy Fleming

17, Mar, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Spacewatch: Nasa joins Japan's mission to study sun's atmosphere
EUVST telescope will study how solar winds emanate from the sun, creating ‘space weather’

Stuart Clark

08, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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How greenhouse gases are actually cooling Earth's upper atmosphere
At high altitudes, carbon dioxide releases energy into space, making the atmosphere contract

Jeremy Plester

05, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Starwatch: equinox, when the sun sits on the equator
Tomorrow marks the changing of the seasons as the sun crosses the equator to bring summer to the southern hemisphere and winter to the north

Stuart Clark

20, Sep, 2020 @8:30 PM

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Nasa to study impact of 'space weather' on Earth
Mission proposals include analysis of sun’s atmosphere and its unseen polar regions

Stuart Clark

03, Sep, 2020 @8:30 PM

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