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How to watch 2024’s spectacular Perseid meteor shower

Tue, 16/07/2024 - 21:38
The Perseid meteor shower lasts from mid-July until the end of August, and it is one of the most impressive displays of shooting stars there is – here is your guide to spotting it
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Moon of Saturn has an equivalent of freshwater rivers and salty oceans

Tue, 16/07/2024 - 19:00
The liquid hydrocarbon seas, lakes and rivers on Titan have varying compositions and signs of active tides or currents
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A new formula for defining a planet still keeps Pluto out of the club

Tue, 16/07/2024 - 17:41
The official definition of a planet, which famously saw Pluto demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, doesn't really work for worlds outside of our solar system. Now there is a fix – but Pluto is still left out
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Deep pit on moon may be entrance to cave that could act as lunar base

Mon, 15/07/2024 - 19:00
We may have finally found an entry point to the caves hidden beneath the moon’s surface, which could shield future astronauts from dangerous radiation
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The physicist who wants to build a telescope bigger than Earth

Mon, 15/07/2024 - 19:00
Alex Lupsasca plans to extend Earth's largest telescope network beyond the atmosphere with a space-based dish. It could spot part of a black hole we've never seen before – and perhaps discover new physics
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Astronauts could drink their own urine with water-recycling spacesuit

Fri, 12/07/2024 - 08:00
When astronauts go on a spacewalk, their urine is collected by what is essentially a large diaper before being thrown away, and they have less than a litre of drinking water available - but a new kind of spacesuit could solve both issues
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These stunning images made the shortlist for space photo competition

Wed, 10/07/2024 - 21:00
See some of the dazzling pictures that were shortlisted for the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
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How tiny black holes would behave inside the sun, Earth – and us

Tue, 09/07/2024 - 18:05
In this episode of Dead Planets Society, our hosts place primordial black holes in a variety of objects with surprising results
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Ariane 6 rocket launch: What is it and when is it happening?

Mon, 08/07/2024 - 12:45
Europe is set to regain its capacity to launch satellites into space when the Ariane 6 rocket finally flies after years of delays
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Moss that survives deep freeze and radiation could live on Mars

Mon, 01/07/2024 - 13:30
Syntrichia caninervis is found in some of the most extreme places on Earth and can survive conditions that would kill almost any other organism, making it a potential candidate for colonising Mars
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Time ticks faster on the moon by 57 microseconds per Earth day

Fri, 28/06/2024 - 22:00
With lunar exploration ramping up, NASA has been tasked with defining a time zone for the moon. New calculations show that time is ever so slightly faster on the lunar surface, which can affect navigation
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‘Little red dot’ galaxies are breaking theories of cosmic evolution

Thu, 27/06/2024 - 15:00
The James Webb Space Telescope has spotted hundreds of odd, distant galaxies that seem to either produce an impossible amount of stars or host black holes far more enormous than they should be
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Get ready to watch a rare explosive star system blaze into life

Wed, 26/06/2024 - 21:00
So bright you'll be able to see it without a telescope, a “new” star system, T Coronae Borealis, will become visible for the first time in 80 years between now and September. Abigail Beall explains where to spot it
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Get ready to spot a 'new' star, due to appear in the next few months

Wed, 26/06/2024 - 21:00
A "new" star system, T Coronae Borealis, will become visible to the naked eye between now and September. Abigail Beall explains how to spot it
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Why you should feel comforted, not scared, by the vastness of space

Wed, 26/06/2024 - 18:00
Some people find the scale of the universe existentially frightening, but here's why you should take it as a source of comfort
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This mind-blowing map shows Earth’s position within the vast universe

Wed, 26/06/2024 - 16:00
See the circle of galaxy clusters and voids that surround us in this map of the nearby cosmos, extending 200 million light years in each direction
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Why our location in the Milky Way is perfect for finding alien life

Tue, 25/06/2024 - 22:00
Our arm of the Milky Way is filled with older, metal-rich stars. New research suggests these might provide the best conditions for life to form on their planets
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How big is the universe? The shape of space-time could tell us

Tue, 25/06/2024 - 19:55
We may never know what lies beyond the boundaries of the observable universe, but the fabric of the cosmos can tell us whether the universe is infinite or not
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What would happen if Earth was the centre of the solar system?

Tue, 25/06/2024 - 17:56
Geocentrism, the idea that everything in the universe revolves around Earth, has long been disproven, but this episode of Dead Planets Society is bringing it back with cataclysmic consequences
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China’s Chang’e 6 returns with first rocks from far side of the moon

Tue, 25/06/2024 - 13:15
The Chinese lunar spacecraft Chang’e 6 has touched down in Inner Mongolia, bringing back to Earth the first rock samples from the moon's far side
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