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

Telescope in action at Lingfield

Telescope ruled out of Investec Derby at Epsom

The horse is part owned by Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Michael Stoute has not saddled a Group One winner for nearly three years

Sir Michael Stoute needs Nauticus for Classic relaunch

Top trainer suffering a Group One drought hopes Oaks fancy can shine in York rehearsal

Nonsense verse? Presenter Des Lynam backs Ukip and rewrites 'Send in the Clowns' as retort to Ken Clarke

Mr Lynam said he had voted for the Eurosceptic party last week

Cyber culture: Can I borrow your Telepod?

Did you know the iPhone was almost called the Telepod and other tech-naming near misses...

The Comet Pan-Starrs is making a rare visit to the inner solar system in the middle of this week, and will fly past the sun

Pan-Starrs: astonomers warned to avoid danger to their eyes from bright comet

Also known as C/2011 L4, the comet won't be seen again from earth for another 110,000 years

Face off: Roberto Mori and Tony Guilfoyle in Playing Cards 1: Spades

Theatre review: Playing Cards 1: Spades - The Devil came down to Nevada

Strange drama in a Las Vegas casino misses the jackpot, but its black humour lingers in the mind

The snappily named 2012 DA14 will miss earth by a mere 17,200 miles

2012 DA14: A close call for asteroid big enough to flatten London

An asteroid as big as an Olympic swimming pool has narrowly missed the Earth this evening, becoming the closest ever for an object of that size.

The view from a windscreen camera as the meteor streaked over the Urals

A cosmic coincidence, but the Chelyabinsk meteor and 2012 DA14 are reminders of the deadly power of small asteroids

Perhaps mother nature is telling us to take this threat a little more seriously

A photo issued by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory of a planetary nebula Sh2-174 which gives the appearance of a red rose - or maybe a tulip - but is actually the remains of a dying star some 1,000 light years away

Roses are red, one star is blue - even astronomers' romance shines on through

It seems that even astronomers have a romantic side.

'Close' encounters of the asteroid kind: 130,000 ton asteroid to make closest ever fly-by of Earth

2012 DA14 asteroid pass within 32,000km of earth, inside the orbit of communication satellites

Moons 'could hold alien life like Pandora in Avatar'

Moons like the one depicted in the film Avatar may be among the most common places to find alien life, scientists believe.

Lights out: the next total eclipse is in Gabon in November
Observations (left) made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope of the young star HD 142527. The dust in the outer disc is shown in red. Dense gas in the streams flowing across the gap, as well as in the outer disc, is shown in green. Diffuse gas in the central gap is shown in blue. The gas filaments can be seen at the three o'clock and ten o'clock positions, flowing from the outer disc towards the centre. And (right) an artist's impression shows the disc of gas and cosmic dust around the young star.

Revealed: first image of a new planet being formed with star dust

World's highest radio telescope captures image (left) providing evidence of how 'gas' planets are formed

'Brighter than a full moon': The biggest star of 2013... could be Ison - the comet of the century

A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a  once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse

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Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

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