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

Loan star Donovan hopes to delay return to States

Players' strike in US may may allow Galaxy striker to stay longer with Everton

Ford tweaks the Galaxy and S-Max

Ford has given its big people carriers, the roomy Galaxy and the sportier S-Max, a series of mid-life improvements. The revamped sister models are getting their first outing at the Brussels Motor Show.

Shock and score as Costanza’s beaten

When the creatives behind 'Seinfeld' invented a high score that character George Costanza achieved in the arcade classic 'Frogger', they no doubt thought that 860,630 points was mind-bogglingly, ludicrously high.

Gadget of the week - Star Theatre Planetarium (£119.95)

Ever since the sad day in 2006 when the London Planetarium closed its doors (and suffered the indignity of a rebranding whereby the stars on show were celebrities rather than supernovas), learning about the heavens without worrying about light pollution and the right equipment has been tricky. But now, armchair astronomers can go on a virtual voyage through the galaxy with this sleek projector which uses ultra-bright light-emitting diode (LED) technology to beam 10,000 stars onto your ceiling. It shows the constellations and mimics celestial movement in both northern and southern hemispheres. You can also program the device to display shooting stars. Switch off the lights, plug in your own planetarium and watch the night sky in comfort – and fall asleep as the Seven Sisters and the Great Bear float above your head.

I'll win it next year, vows Beckham after cup final loss

Midfielder disappointed after shoot-out defeat but pledges future to Galaxy

Beckham proud despite shoot-out loss

David Beckham was left to rue another penalty shoot-out loss as the Los Angeles Galaxy were denied a Major League Soccer title when Real Salt Lake took the MLS Cup at Qwest Field.

Salt Lake dashes Beckham's title dream

Nearly, but not quite; David Beckham came within a couple of misplaced spot-kicks of being able to lift transatlantic football’s highest honour last night, when his Los Angeles Galaxy were defeated by Real Salt Lake after extra time in the final of the MLS Cup.

Beckham pulls out of England squad

David Beckham has pulled out of the England squad to face Brazil on Saturday after the midfielder's LA Galaxy club reached the MLS Western Conference final on Sunday.

Car Choice: Taxi for Julio! That'll be the Mondeo or the Galaxy outside

Julio Lambert is 58 and looking to buy a car to use as a taxi. He admits to being on the short side, so wants a raised seat for excellent all-round visibility. Julio does have an old Rover which could be part exchanged for £2,000 in scrappage, but he wonders whether something a little older would be better value?

Scientists identify new cluster of galaxies

Scientists have identified a cluster of galaxies further from earth than anything else that has ever been detected in the skies.

'Hidden' Milky Way caught on camera

New images of our galaxy today showed a small part of the milky way in a new light.

Games Review: Puzzle Bobble Galaxy

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Cosmic cannibalising: Images show one galaxy engulfing another

As cosmic events go, this one is hard to beat. Scientists have built up a dramatic time-lapse picture of one galaxy swallowing up another in a cannabilistic act that takes place over a period of three billion years – about as long as it took for slime-like earthlings to evolve into humans.

It's cosmic: Photography that is out of this World

Astronomy becomes art in a new book of photographs which takes us to parts of the universe our eyes cannot normally see. The results are out of this world, says Hannah Duguid

Beckham happy at LA Galaxy

David Beckham insists he is happy to continue playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy - and that he has the support of the people who matter at the Major League Soccer club.

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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