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The stellar explosion is the closest to be spotted since 1987 and will provide a 'galactic yardstick' for astronomers judging distances across the universe

Scientists get glimpse of universe as it was 13 billion years ago

The most distant object ever discovered takes researchers closer to the Big Bang

Starstruck: The importance of amateur astronomy

Whether it's spotting a supernova from the shed or probing galaxies on a laptop, amateur astronomy is vital to the professionals mapping the heavens, says Alice-Azania Jarvis

Backyard astronomer discovers supernova

The signs of the major celestial event, a colossal detonation, flashed across the universe for millions of years before reaching the first person on earth to become aware of it: a man in a shed in Dublin.

Beckham nets winner to take LA Galaxy top

David Beckham scored the winning goal as the Los Angeles Galaxy went top of the Major League Soccer Western Conference with a 2-1 win away to Chivas USA.

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Beckham itching to make Galaxy return

David Beckham has targeted an earlier-than-expected return to action with the Los Angeles Galaxy next Saturday.

David Beckham sets target for return to action

David Beckham has targeted an earlier-than-expected return to action with the Los Angeles Galaxy on September 11.

Galaxies may owe their existence to black holes

Black holes may play a far more important role in the evolution of the universe than scientists had previously realised, according to a study suggesting that these massive and mysterious structures in space could have been key to the formation of the earliest galaxies.

Beckham nears return to training

David Beckham could be back in training by the end of August, his LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said yesterday.

'Afterglow' of Big Bang captured by satellite

It's sometimes known as the "afterglow of creation" because it was the first light to be produced when matter began to form following the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago.

Space telescope captures images of Big Bang's 'afterglow'

A striking image showing the ghost of the Big Bang has been captured by a new space telescope.

The end of the world as we know it

Forget man-made threats – the catalyst for the apocalypse will come from outer space, warns astronomer Chris Impey

How our bones are linked to calcium from exploding star

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.

Chopin: Prince of the Romantics, By Adam Zamoyski

Composer's life hits the high notes

Ford rejigs the pricing of its big cars

Ford is reducing the official prices of its largest cars, the Mondeo saloon and the S-Max and Galaxy people carriers. The company has traditionally pitched its list prices at high levels in order to leave plenty of room for it to negotiate the big discounts its fleet customers expect, but has found this approach increasingly difficult to sustain.

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