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

Supermoon Sunday: world takes to Twitter to capture the phenomenon

Sky watchers saw the moon appear substantially larger than usual as it reaches its closest point to the Earth

Astro Turf: Images such as Orion Deep Wide Field (2009) show us a map without edges

Exhibition review: Visions of the Universe - His dark materials, the photo album

An exhibition of startling images of the cosmos looks at the development of telescopy, photography, and our place in it all

The Soyuz rocket with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers: Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Karen Nyberg of NASA, onboard, launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station

Soyuz trip to International Space Station sets record of 5 hours 40 minutes - quicker than flight from London to New York

American astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and Italy's Luca Parmitano will spend six months in space

British astronaut Tim Peake being grilled by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight

Further Space Oddity: Jeremy Paxman grills British astronaut Major Tim Peake in weirdly aggressive Newsnight interview

'But what’s the point?' Paxman asks Peake. 'You’re just drifting around, aren’t you?'

Asteroid nine times the size of the QE2 liner to sail pass Earth

An asteroid nine times larger than the QE2 is due to sail past the Earth later this month.

Nasa confirms 'serious' leak from International Space Station but says crew are safe

Nasa said in a bulletin on its website that while the rate of ammonia leaking from the section of the cooling system has increased the crew were in no danger

SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves International Space Station

A Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon cargo capsule flew away from the International Space Station on Tuesday, loaded with experiment samples and gear for return to Earth.

Does this picture prove the Big Bang theory? Map of 'oldest light' in the Universe released, as research from Planck satellite proves cosmos is 50 million years older than previously thought

This is a picture is the most accurate and detailed map of the oldest light in the Universe. The radiation originally formed about 380,000 years after the Big Bang, when all matter was created some 13.82 billion years ago.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recovers Apollo engines from beneath the Atlantic

Bezos, who in 2000 founded Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup company, led the privately funded expedition to retrieve the F-1 engines

Paek’s paintball strategy is based on a solution submitted by the winner of the competition last year, who suggested deflecting an asteroid with a cloud of solid pellets. Paek’s strategy is based on using pellets, but also filling them with paint in order to cover the asteroid in a fine, five-micrometer-layer of paint.

That's reassuring: Nasa chief Charles Bolden's advice on asteroid heading for Earth: just pray

Head of Nasa made statement at hearing held to establish what was being done and how much money is needed to better protect the planet for asteroids and meteors

Last night's viewing - The Challenger, BBC2; Paul Hollywood's Bread, BBC2

Those of us who can remember the 1986 Challenger disaster – the Nasa shuttle that exploded just 73 seconds after seven smiling astronauts waved to the world and took off for space – will recall the shock and bewilderment that followed this much publicised flight. The doomed moment was caught on television, including the suddenly silenced crowd of well-wishers down below who stared up at the plumes of smoke as the shuttle disintegrated. The astronauts included a school teacher making her first trip to space, and their bodies were recovered from the Atlantic after a protracted search that only extended the sense of national anguish.

Scientists say water on Mars would have been 'pure enough to drink', as presence of oxygen and carbon prove conditions are ideal for life

New discoveries are the clearest indicator yet that life could once have existed on the red planet

Truth turns out to be far stranger than science fiction as Nasa Kepler space telescope discovers weird planets

Some planets have turned out to be nearly as small as the Moon, while others are several times the size of Jupiter

The snappily named 2012 DA14 will miss earth by a mere 17,200 miles

2012 DA14: A close call for asteroid big enough to flatten London

An asteroid as big as an Olympic swimming pool has narrowly missed the Earth this evening, becoming the closest ever for an object of that size.

Space probe could be sent to Jupiter's moon Europa as Nasa scientist says it is the most likely place to find life

Orbiting probe around Jupiter could be launched in 2021 or 2022 and could reach the giant planet within six years

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