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
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed