In times of Transit

We’re often told that an event or offer is a “˜once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity, something not  to be missed; and usually that’s just hyperbole. But on June 6 we’ll witness an astronomical event that is…

Is there carbon on Mars?

New research proves that Mars can produce organic carbon.

Supernova remnant

A 400-year-old supernova explosion creates a spectacular scene.

Black hole caught committing murder

  Most homicide cases involve finding the murderer, but this is the first time NASA have been able to identify a stellar homicide victim.

A view from above: Australian Outback

  Astronaut and World Wide Fund for Nature ambassador André Kuipers took this picture of the Australian Outback in March 2012. It was release during Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change.  

A view from above: Melbourne

This image of the capital city of the state of Victoria was captured by astronaut André Kuipers from the International Space Station. Melbourne was founded in 1835, and today its metropolitan area is…

Some orbits are more popular than others

In young solar systems some orbits are more popular than others. Such behaviour results in planet pile-ups and deserts.

Thickest parts of Arctic ice cap melting faster

NASA scientists reveal that the oldest, thickest sea ice is disappearing at a faster rate than the younger and thinner ice.

Bull’s-eye: The oldest recorded supernova

All that remains after 1826 years.

Missing link in black hole formation discovered

A new class of black hole could be the key to the formation of supermassive black holes.

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