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Astronomy

World's largest ground-based space array to open in Chile

In a super-arid desert at an altitude of five kilometres, with almost no humidity or vegetation, the world's largest ground-based astronomy project is opening for business, ready to probe the universe with unprecedented might.

Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 2:59am

Cosmic rays are last gasp of dying stars: scientists

Though ubiquitous, the origin of cosmic rays has never been pinned down. Scientists have suggested that they could either come from the remains of supernovae, which are the violent explosions that mark the death of the biggest stars, or they could be particles accelerated by black holes somewhere outside our galaxy.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

Astronomers and amateurs brace for a year of comets and close asteroids

Astronomers are gearing for thrills this year when earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets.

This week, scientists who scour the heavens for dangerous space rocks will be tracking an asteroid called 99942 Apophis.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

New clues into the birth of 'gas giant' planets

Astronomers using the most advanced land telescope in the world have unlocked knowledge about how "gas giant" planets such as Jupiter and Saturn came into being.

These vast but uninhabitable worlds are created by gobbling up gas and dust that envelope young stars in a murky disc, they believe.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

TV astronomer Patrick Moore dies aged 89

Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the moon's surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died yesterday at the age of 89.

Moore, whose lunar research was used by both the US and Soviets space programmes, died peacefully at his home in Selsey on the southern English coast after succumbing to an infection.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Cosmic fatigue means fewer new stars being formed

It's evening in the universe. The stars we have are dying, and we're not making new ones the way we used to. 

25 Nov 2012 - 4:01am

Shanghai's giant radio telescope could be a white elephant

Shanghai, you may have a problem. Municipal government officials have just attended a ceremony to mark the completion of a "landmark" radio telescope in the city.

12 Nov 2012 - 7:14am 1 comment

Search heats up for life in space

It remains in the realm of science fiction for now but the discovery of a new planet just four light-years away will reignite a race to find a twin of planet Earth that may host extraterrestrial life.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

New planet discovered in celestial neighbourhood

Astronomers have found a new planet, the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stone's throw away at four light years, raising the chances of finding a habitable planet in earth's neighbourhood.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

Real-life 'Tatooine' planet orbiting two suns is discovered

An international team of amateur and professional astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting two suns - similar to the planet in the Star Wars movies.

The planet, which not only orbits two suns but is in turn orbited by a second distant pair of stars, is the first reported case of such a phenomenon.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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