The annual firework display in the sky known as the Perseids meteor shower – one of the most spectacular examples of “shooting stars” – could reach a peak this evening and Tuesday morning, astronomers said.
Through studying the cloud's death throes, scientists hope to learn more about the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way
Deep cobalt colouring comes from drops of liquid gas raining horizontally in 7,000 km/h winds
Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Snake – and the capital is hosting what the Greater London Authority claims is the largest celebration outside Asia.
The black hole makes up an enormous 14 per cent of the galaxy's mass
Today's Irish Derby will be no easy addition to Ballydoyle star's CV in heavy Curragh going
The American artist Paul Jenkins, whose unorthodox application of paint by an alchemy of pouring techniques brought him association with the great Abstract Expressionists, has died in New York City at the age of 88. Born in a lightning storm in Kansas City in 1923, he started as he meant to go on, enjoying a somewhat epic life which found friendship with luminaries such as Jean Dubuffet, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning et al, whose support of him was as noteworthy for its affection as for its endurance – a distinction not always granted to artists at the top of the pile.
Thousands of New Agers descend on mountain they see as haven from December's apocalypse
Today is the busiest day of the year for China's transport networks as millions head home for the Lunar New Year.
Whether you're a believer or a sceptic, the allure of horoscopes is hard to ignore. But new findings suggest there may be more to the zodiac than meets the eye. By Genevieve Roberts
A dazzling new image of a star nursery known as the Lagoon Nebula has been captured by a super-sensitive British-built telescope.
After midnight on 13 December, look out for what promises to be the year's best meteor shower.
In 1974, Frank Drake, director of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, had completed the task of resurfacing the world's biggest radio telescope. This enormous dish, 300 metres across, was now the most powerful on Earth. How to celebrate its switch-on?
General Stanley McChrystal's recent sacking was brief and brutal. Even before his comments in Rolling Stone about President Obama and his aides hit the newsstands, he was summoned to the White House. General McChrystal was told not even to bother returning to Afghanistan to say farewell. He's not the first, nor likely the last, to be sacked, publicly, without any softening of the blow. Here are some others:
Since the Greek astronomer Ptolemy observed Polaris (the Pole Star) 2000 years ago, it has brightened more than two-and-a-half times.