Fascinating and gigantic balls of incandescent gas suspended in an empty space, that shine with their own light. We all know the stars. Even in the sky over our cities, so greatly penalized by light pollution, we are able to see some. At times we are even able to identify some depending on the difference in colour and intensity.
Did you know that we are made of stardust? The iron in our blood, the oxygen that we breathe, the calcium in our bones, all the atoms we are made of, were created in the stars billions of years ago, just like all the other elements that are present on our planet.

subjects dealt with in Stars

spazio_400x225_0007_oltre il sistema solare

Beyond solar system

Everybody knows the stars. Even in the skies above our cities, where there is so much light interference from other…

spazio_400x225_0005_vita di una stella

Life of a star

Stars are born, live and die like living beings; the only difference is that they do it in such a…

special reports

  • 17 June 2014 / Space

    Beacons in space

    That strange pulsed radio emission It is 1967, a young astrophysics student of the University of Cambridge, Jocelyn Bell is…

    23 February 2012 / Space

    Neutrinos: speed record?

    The news Apparently the sensational discovery made by CERN researchers of Geneva, which claims that neutrinos travel faster than light,…

    28 January 2014 / Space

    Gaia satellite scanning the sky

    Ready, set ... go! On December 19, 2013 the new satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA) called GAIA (Global…

  • 14 May 2014 / Space

    Another Earth in the Universe

    A world similar to the Earth Finally the news we were waiting for, for so long, has arrived. It was…

    31 March 2014 / Space

    A day on board the International Space Station

    A day in space Every day, on board the ISS (International Space Station), the one and only human outpost in…

    17 July 2012 / Space

    The importance of being Higgs

    Breaking news On 4 July 2012 the CERN Director General, Rolf Dieter Heuer, made an announcement during a seminar that…

  • 6 March 2014 / Space

    A beam of antimatter could help to unravel the secrets of the Universe

    Trapping antimatter! At the end of January 2014 it was announced that at the CERN in Geneva an international collaboration,…

    19 June 2013 / Space

    Cosmic rays

    Cosmic rays Have you ever been struck by a beam of high energy particles? Surely you have – it happens…

    9 May 2013 / Space

    Asteroid hunters

    Risk of asteroids hitting Earth When we think of the likelihood of an asteroid, comet or meteorite hitting Earth, our…

  • 17 June 2014 / Space

    Beacons in space

    That strange pulsed radio emission It is 1967, a young astrophysics student of the University of Cambridge, Jocelyn Bell is…

    23 February 2012 / Space

    Neutrinos: speed record?

    The news Apparently the sensational discovery made by CERN researchers of Geneva, which claims that neutrinos travel faster than light,…

  • 28 January 2014 / Space

    Gaia satellite scanning the sky

    Ready, set ... go! On December 19, 2013 the new satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA) called GAIA (Global…

    14 May 2014 / Space

    Another Earth in the Universe

    A world similar to the Earth Finally the news we were waiting for, for so long, has arrived. It was…

  • 31 March 2014 / Space

    A day on board the International Space Station

    A day in space Every day, on board the ISS (International Space Station), the one and only human outpost in…

    17 July 2012 / Space

    The importance of being Higgs

    Breaking news On 4 July 2012 the CERN Director General, Rolf Dieter Heuer, made an announcement during a seminar that…

  • 17 June 2014 / Space

    Beacons in space

    That strange pulsed radio emission It is 1967, a young astrophysics student of the University of Cambridge, Jocelyn Bell is…

  • 23 February 2012 / Space

    Neutrinos: speed record?

    The news Apparently the sensational discovery made by CERN researchers of Geneva, which claims that neutrinos travel faster than light,…

  • 28 January 2014 / Space

    Gaia satellite scanning the sky

    Ready, set ... go! On December 19, 2013 the new satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA) called GAIA (Global…

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curiosities

  • Neutrinos

    Neutrinos are extremely light neutral particles; for a long time, it was believed that they were massless. Now we know…

    The comet’s tail

    Comets are “dirty snowballs” that spend most of their life at the edges of the Solar System. Due to gravitational…

    The definition of a dwarf planet

    Astronomy, like all scientific disciplines, is continuously evolving. Along with it, even its classification structure is subjected to periodic up-dates.…

  • The PP cycle

    Nuclear fusion within the stars begins with the different passages of hydrogen transformation into helium. Stars that are going through…

    Children of the stars

    We are made of star dust. The iron in our blood, the oxygen we breathe, the calcium in our bones,…

    The Olbers paradox

    Why is the sky dark at night? What seems like an obvious question, actually needs a more complex explanation. If…

  • A black hole in our galaxy

    All the existing galaxies, and our Milky Way too, hide in their centres giant black holes, with masses estimated in…

    The cosmic microwave background radiation

    In 1965, while studying the ground noise of a radio antenna, two technicians of the Bell Telephone Laboratories heard a…

    Cosmic collision

    When two galaxies start to approach, the tidal attraction forces deform their structures, creating sometimes particular forms, like filaments or…

  • Neutrinos

    Neutrinos are extremely light neutral particles; for a long time, it was believed that they were massless. Now we know…

    The comet’s tail

    Comets are “dirty snowballs” that spend most of their life at the edges of the Solar System. Due to gravitational…

  • The definition of a dwarf planet

    Astronomy, like all scientific disciplines, is continuously evolving. Along with it, even its classification structure is subjected to periodic up-dates.…

    The PP cycle

    Nuclear fusion within the stars begins with the different passages of hydrogen transformation into helium. Stars that are going through…

  • Children of the stars

    We are made of star dust. The iron in our blood, the oxygen we breathe, the calcium in our bones,…

    The Olbers paradox

    Why is the sky dark at night? What seems like an obvious question, actually needs a more complex explanation. If…

  • Neutrinos

    Neutrinos are extremely light neutral particles; for a long time, it was believed that they were massless. Now we know…

  • The comet’s tail

    Comets are “dirty snowballs” that spend most of their life at the edges of the Solar System. Due to gravitational…

  • The definition of a dwarf planet

    Astronomy, like all scientific disciplines, is continuously evolving. Along with it, even its classification structure is subjected to periodic up-dates.…

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