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

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

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.

'Boldly going where no probe has gone before': Nasa confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system

After a 36 year journey, the probe will allow humans to understand what exists in interstellar space for the first time

Nasa launches spacecraft LADEE to investigate levitating moon dust

LADEE probe takes off successfully in latest US mission to the Moon

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

Japan postpones new rocket launch... 19 seconds before blast off

Launch aborted after irregularity in the rocket posture was detected

Video: Nasa reveal their plan to capture an asteroid

Space agency suggests 2025 as a possible date to complete the mission

For sale: Three Nasa shuttle launch platforms - collection only

The space equipment clearout will also see spare tyres and other items up for grabs

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have left the solar system after 36 years in space

Nasa's Voyager 1 may have crossed into interstellar space last year to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system, if new research proves correct.

Spirograph of Doom: Nasa maps dangerous asteroids

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

Al Lubel

Edinburgh 2013: Al Lubel is Mentally Al - His performance is like an elongated beat poem

If you see Al Lubel you'll never forget his name. That's because the middle-aged New Yorker spends much of his mostly captivating hour playing with the sound of it - though not quite as much time as he spends describing how his over-protective Jewish mother smothered him.

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

Leaving Planet Earth

Edinburgh 2013: Leaving Planet Earth

What kind of people would inhabit a brave new world, leave behind the war and pollution of old earth and start again on a fresh planet? If Grid Iron’s site-specific, immersive piece for the International Festival is anything to go by, not terribly endearing ones.

Hundreds of astronomy lovers enjoy the meteor shower in the aboriginal town of Atalayita in Canary Islands, Spain

Perseids meteor shower: Clear skies predicted for tonight's 'spectacular' firework display

The annual firework display in the sky known as the Perseids meteor shower – one of the most spectacular examples of “shooting stars” – could reach a peak this evening and Tuesday morning, astronomers said.

Kirobo is designed to provide companionship for a Japanese astronaut at the International Space Station

Kirobo the talking Japanese robot lifts off into space

The small robot is designed to provide companionship for a Japanese astronaut at the International Space Station

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

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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