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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

Beckham confronts Galaxy fans after jeers

David Beckham was involved in an ugly confrontation with fans at his home return game in Los Angeles.

Galaxy team-mate slams Beckham commitment

David Beckham has come under a blistering attack from Los Angeles Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan just as he prepares to return for action with the Major League Soccer team.

Beckham braced for hostile MLS return

David Beckham should brace himself for a hostile reaction from some fans when he returns to action in Major League Soccer this month, the top man in the American game has warned.

Matthew Bell: Never mind your woollies – there's a rare species at risk

Our writer flies to the defence of the poor, misunderstood moth

Tiny town wants to become video game Mecca

For a brief shining moment in the 1980s, Ottumwa was the unlikely hot spot of the fledgling video game industry as gamers around the globe flocked to this sleepy Iowa city and its video game arcade for a series of landmark tournaments.

Nasa to give Hubble new view of universe

Improvements will allow telescope to see almost as far back as the Big Bang

Telescopes that could see the future

Scientists hope probes to be launched soon will help them predict how the Universe may end

Professor Edwin Salpeter: Seminal astrophysicist who made pivotal contributions to the study of the universe

The astrophysicist Edwin Salpeter was a seminal figure in theoretical physics. His intellectual passions ranged widely and he made pivotal contributions to the study of the universe across a variety of fields.

Milan offer for Beckham ‘ridiculous’, fume Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy chief executive Tim Leiweke has warned Milan he “will not be taken for a ride” as the Italian club attempt to prise David Beckham away from Major League Soccer.

There's another Earth out there -; and we'll find it

Habitable planet could be located in the next four years, scientists say

Krkic flaunts confidence of youth

Barcelona's teenage striker Bojan Krkic had the rest of the Spanish League trembling yesterday when he said he was in the form of his young life and getting better ever day.

Galaxy Craze: 'I wish I hadn't written the sex scenes'

Galaxy Craze has taken nearly a decade to follow up her well-received debut novel. And the actress-turned-writer is still far from happy with the result. Matt Thorne can only wonder why

Milan prepared to buy Beckham

AC Milan are willing to pay a fee for David Beckham to remain at the Serie A club but Los Angeles Galaxy have yet to agree, chief executive Adriano Galliani revealed today.

Giant black hole found at galaxy's core

Astronomers who have taken a close-up look at the heart of the Milky Way say that "beyond any reasonable doubt" a giant black hole lurks at our galaxy's core.

Galaxy cut tour to aid Beckham's Milan move

Cancellation of match suggests England midfielder will go to Milan in January
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