Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system
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Saturday 11 February 2012
Nasa is about to propose "irrational" major cuts to its exploration of other planets, especially Mars, scientists claim.
Wednesday 25 January 2012
The husband of Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who is standing down while she recovers after being shot in the head, has confirmed he will not run for his wife's seat this year.
Monday 23 January 2012
Internal report says 517 rocks and 'astromaterial' samples have been stolen or are missing
Thursday 12 January 2012
Like any great military and political leader, Dwight Eisenhower had every right to expect that his likeness would one day be immortalised in bronze or marble and installed prominently in his nation's capital. But that was before Frank Gehry came along.
Saturday 07 January 2012
Nasa is investigating whether the Apollo 13 commander, James Lovell, has the right to sell a checklist from the flight that includes his handwritten calculations crucial in guiding the damaged spacecraft back to Earth.
Saturday 24 December 2011
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Dutchman docked at the International Space Station yesterday, restoring the permanent crew to six members for the first time since September.
Saturday 17 December 2011
With Comet Lovejoy being little more than a giant snowball, scientists held out little hope for it when it flew close to the Sun, whose outer surface temperatures can reach 6,000C. It had, so the theory went, a snowball's chance in hell.
Tuesday 13 December 2011
When Larry Page and Sergey Brin needed somewhere to store their eight private jets, their first step was, presumably, to enter the words "large aircraft hangar" into the internet search engine they created.
Thursday 08 December 2011
Talks to limit global temperature rises to 2C will not prevent the possibility of dangerous climate change, warns the scientist who first raised the alarm over global warming.
Wednesday 07 December 2011
It has travelled further than any man-made object. Now, after a voyage lasting more than 33 years and covering about 11 billion miles (that's 230,000 trips to the moon and back) it is now is on the verge of leaving the Solar System to enter the mysterious region of interstellar space where no man – nor even anything terrestrial – has gone before.
Wednesday 07 December 2011
Nasa's Voyager 1 spacecraft is about to become the first man-made object to leave the Solar System
Tuesday 06 December 2011
A new planet detected orbiting a star 600 light years away could have continents, oceans and life, it was revealed today.
Friday 02 September 2011
Space junk has made such a mess of Earth's orbit that experts say we may need to finally think about cleaning it up.
Wednesday 10 August 2011
It travelled at an average speed of 60cm an hour and it has arrived a year late. But the Mars rover Opportunity is finally approaching its destination, the rim of the vast Endeavour crater.
Thursday 04 August 2011
Nasa is set to launch a five-year mission to Jupiter on Friday to learn more about the planet and how the Earth's solar system was formed.
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