Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system
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Sunday 20 June 2010
Sunday 13 June 2010
Wednesday 09 June 2010
A finger and a thumb belonging to Galileo went on display yesterday in a Florence museum named after the astronomer.
Friday 04 June 2010
In his current incarnation as a celebrated virtuoso of Twitter (commanding over 14,000 followers at the time of writing), Dr Samuel Johnson has cannily matched the struck poses, the snorted expostulations and the triumphant aphorisms of his century's discourse to the frame of the tweet. But 18th-century texts did not confine themselves to 140 characters or fewer. Novels went on as long they liked.
Sunday 23 May 2010
Thursday 20 May 2010
A new type of exploding star that gives rise to vast amounts of calcium – which could end up being incorporated into our bones – has been discovered in a nearby galaxy by astronomers.
Monday 26 April 2010
Since the Greek astronomer Ptolemy observed Polaris (the Pole Star) 2000 years ago, it has brightened more than two-and-a-half times.
Saturday 24 April 2010
Saturday 24 April 2010
Geoffrey Burbidge was a British-born astrophysicist, who, in collaboration with three others, came up with space's equivalent of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and who later gained notoriety for rejecting the Big Bang theory.
Thursday 08 April 2010
A "mysterious dark companion" was observed for the first time in a star system which has puzzled sky-watchers since the 19th century.
Sunday 21 March 2010
Friday 19 March 2010
Thursday 18 March 2010
The first planet with a "temperate" climate to orbit a distant star has been discovered by astronomers, who claim that the techniques used to study it will be critical in the search for Earth-like worlds beyond our own solar system.
Wednesday 03 March 2010
Tuesday 16 February 2010
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
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
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
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
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- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers