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Giant radio telescope scaled back to contain costs

Astronomy News - 27 July 2017 - 9:33am
Crowding antennas closer together may affect the Square Kilometre Array's ability to observe the early Universe.

Smallest satellite ever paves way for planned interstellar fleet

Astronomy News - 27 July 2017 - 9:29am

Breakthrough Starshot, the $100 million project to send tiny spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, successfully operated a mini-satellite in orbit for the first time

Half the atoms inside your body came from across the universe

Astronomy News - 27 July 2017 - 9:28am

Intergalactic winds carry gas and dust from one galaxy to the next, bringing half of the matter in our galaxy from up to a million light years away

NASA’s Webbcam Shows Webb Telescope Chilling in Chamber A

Astronomy News - 27 July 2017 - 9:28am

The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid environment for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that is in stark contrast to the heat of the city.

News Article Type: Homepage ArticlesPublished: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 17:19

Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?

Astronomy News - 27 July 2017 - 9:25am

The international Cassini-Huygens mission has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in the production of complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.

NASA: No cost crisis for space telescope

Astronomy News - 20 July 2017 - 9:32am
Your report on NASA's next large space telescope, the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), misleadingly implies that NASA's dark-energy probe faces a cost crisis (Nature546, 195;10.1038/546195a2017). NASA has not yet completed the work of estimating the costs of

Gravitational waves: Stellar palaeontology

Astronomy News - 20 July 2017 - 9:31am
A third gravitational-wave signal has been detected with confidence, produced again by the merger of two black holes. The combined data from these detections help to reveal the histories of the stars that left these black holes behind.

We could build a galactic internet but it may take 300,000 years

Astronomy News - 20 July 2017 - 9:30am

By using the timing of planets’ orbits around their stars, all the advanced civilizations that may exist in the Milky Way could communicate

Earth’s underwater dunes help explain Venus’s weird surface

Astronomy News - 20 July 2017 - 9:30am

Some of the properties of wind and dust on Venus may be similar to those of water and sediment at the bottom of our oceans

Eyes Wide Open for MASCARA in Chile

Astronomy News - 20 July 2017 - 9:27am
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their bright parent stars and create a catalogue of targets for future exoplanet characterisation observations.

LISA Pathfinder: Time called on Europe's gravity probe

Astronomy News - 19 July 2017 - 9:14am

The European Space Agency turns off one of its most successful ever missions - LISA Pathfinder.

Asteroids may have been giant mudballs in the early solar system

Astronomy News - 18 July 2017 - 8:47am

Asteroids could have started life as sludgy balls of mud instead of tough rocks, which may explain how rocky planets came to be

The cosmic dance of three dead stars could break relativity

Astronomy News - 18 July 2017 - 8:46am

Do we have the first hints that Einstein is about to be proven wrong? A stellar system discovered in 2012 looks like the ideal experiment to tell us

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

Astronomy News - 18 July 2017 - 8:45am

New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

The best way to detect aliens may be by finding their footprints

Astronomy News - 17 July 2017 - 9:17am

The first sign of aliens might not be microbes or radio signals but fossilised imprints or excrement left on the solid surfaces of Mars or Titan

Galaxy supercluster is one of the biggest things in the universe

Astronomy News - 17 July 2017 - 9:17am

The Saraswati supercluster of 400 galaxies could help us understand the physics governing the whole universe

Asteroids may have been giant mudballs in the early solar system

Astronomy News - 17 July 2017 - 9:16am

Asteroids could have started life as sludgy balls of mud instead of tough rocks, which may explain how rocky planets came to be

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Astronomy News - 14 July 2017 - 8:52am

Images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.

News Article Type: Homepage ArticlesPublished: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:20

Behold Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Astronomy News - 14 July 2017 - 8:51am

A Nasa probe returns the most detailed pictures ever of one of the Solar System's biggest storms.

Tricks to mute quantum noise aid hunt for gravitational waves

Astronomy News - 13 July 2017 - 9:01am
Physicists find ways to make LIGO and other gravitational-wave detectors even more sensitive.