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October 21, 2017 7:12 PM The Moon photobombed the Sun during Nasa readings

The American space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite captures ultraviolet images of the Sun, but its fixation on our star was briefly interrupted by the Moon passing in front of its lens. The lunar transit seen in the gif Nasa shared seems fleeting, but actually lasted about 45 minutes – between 8:41 and 9:25pm BST on Thursday 203

October 11, 2017 2:40 PM Fears for Nasa's future missions as agency reveals it is running out of vital Plutonium-238 needed to power probes in space

Nasa could be out of fuel for its long range missions within eight years, a US government report has warned. The space agency's mission-ready supplies of radioactive isotope Plutonium-238 are running perilously low and plans to restock may fall short of delivery. Heat generated by the radioactive decay of Plutonium-238 is used to power the radioisotope 76

October 5, 2017 1:29 PM Indian man, 62, develops a yellow dot in his eyes after sun-gazing every day, for more than three decades, for religious reasons

An Indian man developed a yellow dot in both of his eyes after sun-gazing every day for 35 years, a new case report has revealed. The unidentified patient, from New Delhi, looked directly at the sun shortly after dawn for up to 10 minutes each day for religious reasons. Doctors diagnosed the 62-year-old with solar retinopathy after he complained his vision 78

September 28, 2017 7:00 AM Nasa partners with Russia to build first space station near the moon

The US space agency said it wanted to expand human presence into the solar system. Nasa and the Russian space agency Roscosmos will be working together to build a "deep space gateway", which could include a space station in the vicinity of the moon. A joint statement was signed on 27 September during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held at Adelaide 73

September 14, 2017 11:01 PM From the swirling clouds of a nebula to the craggy face of the moon: Global astronomy photographer of the year winners announced

Insight has unveiled the winners of its 2017 global astronomy photographer of the year competition. From a stunning aerial view of the Northern Lights to the swirling clouds of a distant nebula, the images showcase some of the best photographs of the night sky and the universe taken over the past year. Taken by astrophotographers from across the globe 57

September 1, 2017 8:27 PM More than 20 'death stars' are heading towards our solar system, and could cause devastating comet strikes that WIPE OUT life on Earth

Within the next million years or so, between 19 and 24 'death stars' will come within 3.26 light years of the sun. This is close enough to deflect comets away from there original paths and towards Earth - increasing the chance that one will wipe out life on our planet. This is according to a new paper that has looked at how often stars stray into the Oort cloud 58

August 22, 2017 7:28 PM Were YOUR eyes damaged by the solar eclipse? We explain how to spot the tell-tale signs

While the sun was no brighter on Monday, it appeared easier to look at because the moon was blocking it. If you stare at the sun for too long, it causes damage to the retina known as solar retinopathy. While your eye is focused on the black dot ask yourself if any of the lines appear wavy, distorted or if there are any areas of the grid you can't see. If any of the above 62

August 22, 2017 11:42 AM Swindon astronomer travels to US to witness the Great American Eclipse

Swindon man Robert Slack was among many keen astronomers who travelled to the USA this week to see the solar eclipse. Robert Slack who is a member of Swindon Stargazers Astronomy Society witnessed the eclipse from Kentucky as the shadow of the moon sped across the entire width of the United States from Oregon in the west, across 14 states to the Carolinas 16

August 21, 2017 6:48 PM Android Oreo released by Google

Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which is named after Oreo chocolate biscuits. It adds a new "picture-in-picture" mode that lets some apps run in a small corner of the screen. Google's own Nexus and Pixel phones are expected to be the first to receive the software update. New versions of Android can be slow to roll out, and just 14% of Android 122

August 21, 2017 8:28 AM Eclipse 2017 time: What time is the total solar eclipse in the US and UK?

A RARE total eclipse will darken skies in the US today, with those in the UK set to witness a lesser, but still impressive, partial eclipse. But what time will the incredible event happen? Totality will begin Oregon at 10.19am PDT, and will travel through a total of 14 states until it ends in South Carolina at 2.44pm EDT. Those under the path of totality 49