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Space

Mouth of the beast or God’s hand? Amazing photo of ‘cometary globule’ CG4
A newly published ghostly image from space as been dubbed the ‘Mouth of the Beast’ by astronomers working with Europe’s Very Large Telescope. The exact nature of the cloud of gas and dust is a mystery, and has been called a ‘cometary globule’.

28.01.2015 11:26

5 sub-Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting ancient sun-like star
An international team of astronomers has discovered an “unusual” star system that is comprised of the oldest known star hosting planets, 11.2 billion years old. To compare, the Big Bang is considered to have happened 13.8 billion years ago.

28.01.2015 06:22

SpaceX showcases Falcon Heavy rocket launch & booster recovery animation (VIDEO)
SpaceX released a 3D animation showcasing its Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Florida, with all three of the boosters safely returning to Earth. Earlier this month, an attempt to land a booster on a sea barge ended with a “rapid unscheduled disassembly.”

28.01.2015 03:38

Gigantic ring system 200 times larger than Saturn discovered (PHOTOS)
Astronomers have discovered a massive ring system circling the exoplanet or brown dwarf dubbed J1407b. One scientist referred to it as a “super Saturn” due to its size. In fact, it may even be home to a moon the size of Earth.

27.01.2015 22:17

Soprano in space: 'Phantom of the Opera' star trains for ISS flight in Russian forest
World-famous soprano and songwriter Sarah Brightman is braving Russia’s wilds as she undergoes special astronaut training in survival in extreme rural conditions, which includes making a shelter from a parachute and cooking food in the forest.

25.01.2015 08:00

As big as 5 football fields: Massive asteroid to be visible from Earth Monday
An asteroid the size of five football fields is approaching Earth and is expected to pass by on Monday. It will be visible through strong binoculars – definitely worth a look. The next time such an asteroid comes this close again will be in 2027.

24.01.2015 19:08

Awesome CGI footage shows view from Earth if planets replaced moon
What if our sun was some other star? Say, Sirius or Polaris? And more than that: What if Jupiter and Saturn were at the same distance as the moon? Roscosmos, Russia’s Federal Space Agency, gave these fantasies a go in two amazing videos.

23.01.2015 17:39

Mapping new world: Rosetta reveals first results of host comet probe (PHOTOS)
The ESA has released an unprecedented close-up view of comet 67P and a description of its surface features. An intricate picture, delivered by the Rosetta space mission, raises new questions about the origins of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.

23.01.2015 09:45

Light communication: ESA laser tags ISS from Earth (PHOTOS)
The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully completed an experiment using a laser beam to communicate with the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the earth.

23.01.2015 07:38

Mystery radio waves from deep space captured LIVE, sender unknown
An unknown radio signal, which may have come from a black hole, colliding neutron stars (or – for those who ‘believe’ – alien life), has been picked up by astronomers live for the first time ever. Its origins remain mysterious.

22.01.2015 20:26

New views of dwarf planet Ceres released by NASA
Impressive new images of the dwarf planet Ceres, captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, have revealed crater-like structures on the frozen, icy surface. The images arrived as the probe became due to enter Ceres’ orbit.

22.01.2015 02:02

Sweet dreams: Twitter users try to ‘wake up’ Philae lander snoozing on comet 67P
Twitter users want spring to come early so they can wake up the Rosetta spacecraft lander Philae, which is currently “hibernating” on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it rushes through space on its way towards the Sun.

21.01.2015 07:28