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18th January 2018

First full-colour motion video from satellites

Earth-i, a mapping service based in England, has launched a prototype of the world's first full-colour, full-motion video satellite constellation.

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15th December 2017

NASA uses AI to find hidden exoplanets

NASA astronomers have announced the detection of Kepler-90i, a super-Earth exoplanet, and the eighth in a multi-exoplanetary system, which now hosts the most exoplanets ever found to date orbiting an extrasolar star.

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3rd December 2017

Voyager I fires thrusters for first time since 1980

Voyager I, the most distant man-made object, has fired its trajectory thrusters for the first time since 1980, to extend its lifetime by two or three more years.

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16th October 2017

First trans-Neptunian object with a ring

The dwarf planet Haumea is confirmed to have a ring system, the first time such a feature has been discovered around a trans-Neptunian object.

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19th September 2017

Astronomers find second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers report the discovery of a black hole with 100,000 solar masses hiding in a gas cloud near the heart of the Milky Way, ranking it as the second largest black hole ever seen in our galaxy.

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1st September 2017

Repeating radio signals detected from distant galaxy

Astronomers have detected 15 mysterious radio bursts coming from a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light-years away.

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24th August 2017

The most detailed ever image of a star

Astronomers have produced the most detailed ever image of a star, the red supergiant Antares, and created the first map of surface motion on a star other than our Sun.

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18th August 2017

Where is everybody? Implications of cosmic silence

If the potential for intelligent life to exist somewhere in the universe is so large, then where is everybody? In a new paper, an astrophysicist argues that species such as ours go extinct soon after attaining high levels of technology.

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10th August 2017

Four Earth-sized planets found orbiting the nearest Sun-like star

Four Earth-sized planets have been found orbiting the nearest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, which is 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye.

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29th July 2017

Earth just had near-miss from undetected asteroid

Astronomers have announced the surprise detection of a large rock, possibly up to 93 m (305 ft) in size, which hurtled past Earth last week.

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26th July 2017

The last surviving species on Earth may be tardigrades

Tardigrade micro-animals may be one of the most resilient lifeforms on Earth, able to withstand global mass extinctions due to astrophysical events, such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, large asteroid impacts, and passing-by stars.

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14th July 2017

Luxembourg becomes the first European country to pass space mining law

Luxembourg yesterday passed a draft law on the exploration and use of space resources.

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13th July 2017

Smallest-ever star discovered

The discovery of the smallest star able to sustain nuclear fusion has been announced; its diameter is just slightly larger than that of Saturn.

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