Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system
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Friday 24 January 2014
The stellar explosion is the closest to be spotted since 1987 and will provide a 'galactic yardstick' for astronomers judging distances across the universe
Wednesday 15 January 2014
The moon will reach its apogee three hours after it rises
Thursday 09 January 2014
Map uses 'cosmic ripples' created by the formation of the Universe to create a 'standard ruler' to measure distances between 1.2 million galaxies
Johannes Kepler's 442nd birthday: Google Doodle celebrates 17th-century mathematician, astronomer and astrologer
Friday 27 December 2013
Johanes Kepler, who was born on 27 December 1771, was born near Stuttgart and made his foray into astronomy after he worked as a maths teacher in Graz, Austria - where he became an associate of Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg.
Thursday 26 December 2013
Britain will next year have its own space-weather centre for predicting the arrival of solar “super-storms” that can trigger electricity blackouts across whole cities and knock out GPS satellites, the Government will announce today.
Thursday 19 December 2013
It is also expected to discover thousands of previously unknown objects
Monday 16 December 2013
Molecular ions of argon hydride were detected in supernova remnant
Friday 13 December 2013
The annual Geminids are the most massive regular meteor shower
Thursday 12 December 2013
Scientists believe life may exist within underground ocean - living off minerals and using tidal heat as a source of energy
Wednesday 04 December 2013
The water signatures are hazy due to atmospheric conditions, but scientists are 'very confident' that it exists
Thursday 28 November 2013
It was hoped that the comet would provide a spectacular sight in the sky next month - but the signs indicate that it had been burned up on its journey
Thursday 28 November 2013
Astronomers tracking the “comet of the century” believed it had flown too close to the Sun and had broken up, but hopes have now been reignited that part of it may have survived its close encounter.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Jim Al-Khalili's new two-part physics documentary Light and Dark had a scope that seemed just a little ambitious for two hours of television. "Light and Dark is essentially the story of everything we know and everything we don't know about our universe." So that's pretty much everything, then, Jim? Yet rather than the confusion of ideas you might expect, Al-Khalili's documentary illuminated a scientific story with its own, rather beautiful, internal logic.
Monday 18 November 2013
The icy object might become the brightest comet of the century if it survives its 'sungrazing' journey through our solar system
Friday 08 November 2013
The unusual object has been compared to a "rotating lawn sprinkler" and has led astronomers to develop a new theory of how asteroids 'die'
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
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