Stargazing Down Under

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We’re currently in New Zealand on our honeymoon and we were lucky enough to have dark clear skies for a couple of nights. And let me tell you that...

Visiting The European Astronaut Centre

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Recently, I've had the chance to visit the European Astronaut Centre, one of the important facilities belonging to the European Space Agency.  I was there as part of a research...

Seeing The Great American Eclipse

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I know I haven't shut up about the eclipse for the last 8 months (and I'm not planning to anytime soon) but I wanted to just explain what it...

Atmosphere Detected Around A Small Super-Earth

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If we want to discover signs of life on an exoplanet, our best option is to study its atmosphere, which is easier said than done. The exoplanets whose atmospheres...

There’s a lack of young stars around the core of the Milky Way

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According to a new study, a major revision of the Milky Way is necessary. A team of Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers has discovered a large region of...

See A Baby Star Hatching From Its Birth Cloud

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A new-born star cloaked in a golden veil stands starkly against the black filament of the Circinus cloud. While it might sound like the beginning of a fantasy novel,...

Huge Black Hole Found Accidentally In Three-Way Merger

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The wonderful thing about astronomy is that you might discover amazing things even when you’re not looking for them. This is the case for a team of Australian astronomers...

Why the discovery of gravitational waves is so important

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Today, in my day job I wrote about the momentous discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO. There are four major discoveries associated with the detection: First of all, today it was...