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XMM-Newton reveals the Milky Way's explosive past

31 August 2016 - 9:21am

A giant bubble surrounding the centre of the Milky Way shows that six million years ago our Galaxy's supermassive black hole was ablaze with furious energy. It also shines a light on the hiding place of the Galaxy's so-called 'missing' matter.

New Solar System objects revealed

31 August 2016 - 9:19am

Astronomers in the US have uncovered previously unknown objects in the outer reaches of the Solar System.

Proxima b’s star could be blasting away the planet’s atmosphere

30 August 2016 - 9:56am

We’ve just found a potentially habitable exoplanet nearby, but monthly violent outbursts from the star Proxima Centauri could be bad news for life