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Radio flash tracked to faraway galaxy

<b>For the first time, scientists have tracked the source of a "fast radio burst" - a fleeting explosion of radio waves which, in this case, came from a galaxy six billion light-years away.</b><p>The cause of the big flash, only the seventeenth ever detected, remains a puzzle, but spotting a host galaxy is a …


Atmosphere analysed on distant 'super-Earth'

<b>For the first time, astronomers have managed a direct measurement of the gases present on a "super-Earth" planet orbiting an alien star.</b><p>They found evidence for hydrogen and helium in its atmosphere, but no water.<p>Called 55 Cancri e, the world is twice the size of Earth and eight times the mass - but …


Blast From Black Hole in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Telescope Compact Array to obtain detailed imagery of an enormous beam of …


NASA’s New Mission to Mars Will Include a Giant Laser 'Lunar Flashlight'

When NASA’s first mission to Mars kicks off in 2018, the goal is to make sure that the agency’s new rocket can make it out there before they start …

Galaxy Clusters Reveal New Dark Matter Insights

Dark matter is a mysterious cosmic phenomenon that accounts for 27 percent of all matter and energy.

Dark Matter

Making Science Fun for Kids Through Comics

To get young students reading about science, NASA is trying something different. The GPM mission has launched a Japanese manga-style comic book.

Comic Books

Stephen Hawking: A new way to see black holes

An illustrated companion to Prof Stephen Hawking’s first Reith lecture about black holes.<p>While Prof Hawking describes the history of scientific thinking about black holes, the artist Andrew Park draws the key points of the lecture in chalk on a blackboard.

Stephen Hawking

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

China Just Released True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

This month, the China National Space Administration released all of the images from their recent moon landing to the public. There are now hundreds and hundreds of never-before-seen true color, high definition photos of the lunar surface available for download.<p>The images were taken a few years ago …

The hunt for Albert Einstein's missing waves<p><b>In the Italian countryside, not far from Pisa, a vast experiment is about to be switched on.</b><p>If it's a success, one of Albert Einstein's …


Seeking gravitational waves in space

The most exquisite space physics experiment yet devised in Europe goes into orbit on Thursday.<p>Lisa Pathfinder will test technologies for a future mission to detect gravitational waves.<p>These are ripples in the fabric of space-time that are produced when black holes collide and stars explode.<p>Some of …

Gravitational Waves

What’s so thrilling about space travel?

Why is everyone so excited about the latest news from space? There’s more than enough to worry about on planet Earth already<p>Lots of news from outer space last week. Somewhere at the back end of the solar system, a huge, icy new planet is lurking, behind Pluto, which, according to the panic …


Physicists must accept that some things are unknowable

The Universe may be truly infinite, but our understanding of it never will be. Here’s why.<p><i>“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do</i> …

How a photographer captured these stunning views of space

<i>Video produced by Eric Keato.</i><p>Travis Rector photographs the far-flung corners of space that are normally undetectable to the human eye.<p>Rector, a …