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  • Watch magnificent partial solar eclipse in space captured by Nasa's SDO

    May 27, 2017 10:05 AM 37

    A complete solar eclipse is due on 21 August this year. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured the moon passing across the sun, creating a partial solar eclipse in space. The SDO is one of Nasa's fleet of sun-watching observatories monitoring the sun's solar activity. The image was released by the space agency on 26 May. The transit lasted

  • Hot, sleepless nights will get more common with climate change

    May 26, 2017 6:04 PM 12

    As the planet warms, many people will find it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. A study based on a survey of 750,000 people living in the US has found that when temperatures are high, people report getting less sleep. Elderly and poorer people find it particularly hard to sleep on hot nights. This may be partly because they cannot afford air conditioning

  • Nasa 2018 budget highlights: Human spaceflight takes priority as education misses out

    May 24, 2017 11:30 AM 31

    Find out the big approvals and big misses on the budget. Nasa's budget proposal for 2018 has been released by the space agency revealing what's in store for future missions and what projects could be stalled. The budget proposes a total fund of $19.1 bn (£14.73bn) for the agency, $561m less than what the agency received in fiscal year 2017. In terms

  • Cassini's new image of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows fractures and furrows on its icy surface

    May 23, 2017 11:44 AM 32

    The Cassini spacecraft captured the image at a distance of approximately 168,000 kms from Enceladus. An image of Saturn's sixth-largest moon Enceladus has been released by NASA. The image shows a slim crescent of sunlight falling on the moon, highlighting fractures and furrows on its icy surface. The picture was captured by the Cassini spacecraft at a distance

  • Apple is 40% MORE valuable than Chicago (and it's catching up with Los Angeles too)

    May 23, 2017 10:41 AM 15

    Apple is 38 per cent more valuable than the GDP of Chicago, according to data from the Bank of America. The company is worth a mind-boggling $803 billion (£618 billion) - which tops the GDP of all US cities except for Los Angeles and New York. And Apple is not the only technology company with such sky-high valuations. Google parent Alphabet is valued

  • Secondary mirror of ELT successfully cast—largest convex mirror blank ever created

    May 22, 2017 8:09 PM 17

    A team of international astrophysicists led by The Australian National University (ANU) has shown how most of the antimatter in the Milky Way forms. A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets or-biting the star TRAPPIST-

  • ISS astronauts to conduct spacewalk to replace data relay box

    May 21, 2017 11:04 PM 13

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts on the International Space Station will conduct a spacewalk as soon as Tuesday to replace a malfunctioning data relay box, according to NASA. Mission managers met Sunday and approved the spacewalk to replace the multiplexer-demultiplexer box, which failed Saturday. The MDM box is one of two systems that control the functions

  • Amateur astronomer creates a spectacular panorama of the Milky Way by painstakingly stitching together 110 images

    May 18, 2017 7:53 PM 10

    An enthusiastic astronomer painstakingly stitched together a series of shots taken on one night from a remote hill in Russia to make this incredibly detailed panorama of the Milky Way. Samir Samirovich, from the city of Syzran in south-western Russia's Samara Oblast region, used his Nikon D5200 camera with a Nikkor 50mm lens to capture the images

  • You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500

    May 17, 2017 8:16 AM 20

    A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets. San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a "memorial spaceflight" company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts. The business aims to "change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial

  • Malaysia customs seize 330 endangered tortoises at Kuala Lumpur airport

    May 15, 2017 9:27 AM 15

    The packages containing the tortoises were declared as 'stones' and flew in on an Etihad Airways flight from Madagascar. Customs authorities in Malaysia seized 330 endangered tortoises on Monday (15 May) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in yet another animal trafficking case in the country in a week. The land-dwelling reptiles are reported to be valued