Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system
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Sunday 21 October 2012
The award for the most eccentric and wonderful book launch party of the year so far goes to Carlton Books' The Cosmic Tourist: The 100 Most Awe-Inspiring Destinations in the Universe (£25) by Chris Lintott, Brian May and Sir Patrick Moore.
Saturday 20 October 2012
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds should be able to swap universities after two years and transfer to a Russell Group institution if they show talent, according to one of the country's top scientists.
Scientists find Earth-like planet Alpha Centauri Bb in neighbouring star system but rule-out possibility of life thanks to its 1,500C surface
Wednesday 17 October 2012
The planet is the closest and smallest among about 800 'exoplanets' that scientists have identified beyond the Solar System since 1995 when they detected the first extra-solar planet.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
A planet with four suns has been identified by two “armchair astronomers”.
Thursday 11 October 2012
It may not twinkle like a star but it is still a diamond in the sky according to astronomers who have found a rocky planet similar to Earth but made of the precious gemstone.
Thursday 11 October 2012
A stunning image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas around a red giant star was captured by astronomers using the world's highest terrestrial telescope.
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Astronomers at Nasa did a double take when they saw this image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Sunday 15 July 2012
On the high wastes of the Atacama, General Pinochet built his death star
Tuesday 12 June 2012
A team of Japanese astronomers using telescopes on Hawaii say they have seen the oldest galaxy, a discovery that is competing with other “earliest galaxy” claims.
Thursday 07 June 2012
A rare celestial spectacle, the Transit of Venus, unfolded in the morning sky across India yesterday.
Tuesday 05 June 2012
Stargazers will hope the clouds part tomorrow at 5am to allow them to see the planet cross the Sun
Saturday 14 April 2012
Sunday 08 April 2012
Are you sitting comfortably?
Thursday 29 March 2012
Around one billion stars in the Milky Way can be seen together for the first time in an image captured over a decade by astronomers.
Sunday 18 March 2012
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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