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Record-breaking black hole

In a galaxy not far from ours, where scientists thought they could not find such large objects, a supermassive black hole has been discovered. Affirming so is a study recently published in Nature, which also affirms that there could be…

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3000 drawings ready to leave for the space with CHEOPS

3000 drawings have been selected among the tens of thousands which entered the "Send your drawing into space with CHEOPS" contest, open to all children between 8 and 14 years of age from Switzerland or one of the ESA, European…

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ExoMars2016, Europe ready to leave for Mars

The launch of the ExoMars probe from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan is scheduled for today at 10:31 (Italian time). ExoMars is a robotic exploration mission of Mars developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Space…

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AstroSamantha, record woman in space

In recent years, Samantha Cristoforetti has collected quite a number of records: she was the first Italian woman in space, the first woman to have spent 199 days, 15 hours and 42 minutes outside the Earth's atmosphere and also the…

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Third space Sentinel launched

On Tuesday, 16 February at 18:57, the Sentinel-3A satellite, which next year will be joined by its twin, the Sentinel-3B, was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia. The two Sentinel-3 twins represent the third, and most complex, of…

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Gravitational waves detected

Albert Einstein had theoretically predicted them in 1916: a century after that prediction, scientists have, for the first time, managed to directly observe gravitational waves, ripples in the "fabric" of spacetime, arriving on Earth after being produced by the collision…

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The asteroid 2013 TX68 is again flying close to Earth

On 5 March next, the asteroid 2013 TX68, an interstellar "rock" with a diameter of 30 metres discovered in October 2013, will pass close to Earth. When it was discovered in 2013, the asteroid 2013 TX68 passed at a distance…

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The origin of the Moon increasingly clear

The Moon is a veritable anomaly in the solar system and its origin has for a long time left astronomers without a convincing explanation. Today we know that the Moon was given to us by a collision between ancient Earth…

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On the tracks of the ninth planet

It has not yet been seen by telescopes, but there is every evidence to suggest that there may be a new planet at the edge of the Solar System. This evidence is included in a study by Michael Brown and…

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