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Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system

Astronomers discover pulsar undergoing radical transformation

Astronomers have discovered a small star undergoing radical transformations.

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.

Voyager 1 has left the solar system, but what message is it carrying to the stars?

The Golden Record is a gold-plated copper phonograph carrying images and audio recording of humanity and the animal life of Earth

Nasa spots a 'Cosmic Caterpillar' in the middle of metamorphosis

Light-year-long proto-star is battling the radiation from its neighbours to try and mature into a star

Spirograph of Doom: Nasa maps dangerous asteroids

"Potentially Hazardous Asteroids" (PHAs) can be as far away as 7.5 million kilometers

The Perseid meteor shower above Edlington Castle, Northumberland, Britain

Perseids meteor shower: Stargazers enjoy celestial 'fireworks' across UK

'Shooting stars' were a result of material falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle

The former Derby favourite Kingsbarns may run on Sunday

Kingsbarns at last set to live up to reputation

The status of Derby favourite proved something of a poisoned chalice this spring, when first Kingsbarns and then Telescope dropped out of the Epsom picture with setbacks. Both are about to start making up for lost time, however, each having been given an exploratory Group Three entry this weekend. Telescope, who made an impressive resumption at Leicester last month, could go to Haydock on Saturday, while Kingsbarns is on course to reappear at the Curragh the following day.

Venus, as seen by the Magellan spacecraft, 1991

Indian army mistakes planets for 'Chinese spy drones'

Mysterious 'aircraft' were sighted 329 times hovering over a lake on the border between the two countries

Ryan Moore guided Telescope to a convincing victory at Leicester

Telescope refocused by Stoute to challenge for the top prizes

Patience with horses, as Sir Michael Stoute knows, is not so much a virtue as a necessity. And one of his charges, Telescope, who missed the Derby after a disappointing training gallop, is now back in the reckoning for top contests later in the year after a thoroughly satisfactory comeback in a minor contest at Leicester.

Jodrell Bank Observatory: The giant Lovell Telescope - used for listening to radio signals from space - was completed in 1957

UK scientists petition government for £1m to search for alien life

Newly created UK Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Research Network would use new array of radio telescopes dubbed eMerlin

An artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta, as released by NASA December 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout

Nasa identifies 10,000th Near-Earth object, MZ5: Apocalypse still on hold

The new discovery is thankfully only 300 metres across and orbits at a safe distance from Earth

An image provided by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows an artists impression of the view from the exoplanet Gliese 667Cd looking towards the planet's parent star (Gliese 667C). In the background to the right, the more distant stars in this triple system (Gliese 667A and Gliese 667B) are visible

Three 'super-Earths' discovered: Are planets found orbiting Gliese 667C in nearby solar system capable of supporting human life?

They orbit Gliese 667C, one of three stars 22 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius

The ‘Supermoon’ rises over the temple of Poseidon, near Athens

Moonday night: Skywatchers revel in one of the most impressive celestial events of the year

The night skies were graced by the arrival of the “supermoon” this weekend, offering skywatchers around the globe one of the most impressive celestial events of the year.

Supermoon Sunday: world takes to Twitter to capture the phenomenon

Sky watchers saw the moon appear substantially larger than usual as it reaches its closest point to the Earth

Extreme solar prominence

Seeing the larger picture: Inspiring images of space

An exhibition explores images how photography has shaped astronomy

Sir Michael Stoute wants to ease the highly rated Telescope back

Sir Michael Stoute pulls Telescope out of Royal Ascot return

Those who were looking to Telescope to emerge as one of the stars of the season must wait a while longer to refocus their hopes. After some twinkling homework on the Newmarket gallops, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt galloped as swiftly up the betting for the Derby, only to defect from the Epsom showpiece with nine days to go because of a sore shin. Now he will miss his chance to shine at Royal Ascot, too.

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Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

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The school that means business

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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

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The killer instinct

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