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

Stargazers prepare their instruments

How to watch asteroid 2012 DA14's record breaking fly-by of earth

At its peak closeness, DA14 will come within 17,000 miles of our planet

Mars rover Curiosity drills into Martian surface

Scientists toast success on "another proud day for America"

Gabrielle Giffords arrives for the Senate hearing yesterday

'Too many children are dying' – Gabrielle Giffords joins the gun debate

Former congresswoman who was paralysed in mass shooting makes surprise appearance at Senate hearing

All of the top ten warmest years have occurred since 1998

2012 was ninth warmest year on record with temperatures significantly above long-term average

Average global surface temperature in 2012 was 0.56C warmer than the average for the period 1951 to 1980

Jesco von Puttkamer: Nasa engineer who worked with Wernher von Braun

Jesco von Puttkamer, who died on 27 December at the age of 79, was a member of Wernher von Braun's rocketry team in Alabama. Von Braun and his team's work led to the development of the Saturn V rocket, the rocket responsible for landing the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969.

Mayan apocalypse 21/12/12: 'The planets are aligned the sun will activate, let the deluge come'

An end-of-the-world party in Moscow was charging $1,000 for entry. Still, you can’t take it with you

Editorial: Today's fish and chip paper?

The danger that the newspaper will be out of date before it hits the nation's doormats is, of course, a perennial problem for the press.

Calls to Nasa triple and site debunking end of the world myths gets 4.6m views as anxious US prepares for Armageddon

Some believe the 21st of December will signal the end of a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count - and will bring about the apocalypse

A cosmic collision: Two satellites due to smash into surface of the moon… but don't worry, it was all planned by Nasa

NASA has deliberately guided the twin satellites into a cliff close to the moon’s northern pole

End of the world?

Are they being a bit premature? Nasa releases Mayan apocalypse video 10 days early

Nasa appears so confident about their prediction that he world will not come to an end that they have released the video early

Cheick Modibo Diarra announced his resignation on television

Seized at gunpoint and forced to resign, Mali loses its civil ruler

International plan to tackle Islamist radicals thrown into doubt after army grabs power again

Revealed: Seven Milky Way planets could harbour life

Habitable Exoplanets Catalog said it had far exceeded expectations in search for new Earth

Nasa aims to launch 'Mars Curiosity rover 2' in 2020

Nasa plans to follow up its Mars rover Curiosity mission with a duplicate rover that could collect and store samples for return to Earth, the agency's lead scientist has said.

Ice discovered on north pole of Mercury

Just in time for Christmas, scientists have confirmed a vast amount of ice at the north pole - on Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

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