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The Fermi paradox

In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there are over 100 billion stars. Around us, we have discovered 100 billion more galaxies: we have not yet been able to see beyond them. Therefore, doing a simple multiplication, today we know that…

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One giant leap for mankind

First steps on the Moon Next 21st July, at 4:56 am Central European Time, it will be exactly 50 years since the first, momentous, landing of human beings on the Moon. Let's go back to 1969 to relive those moments…

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Does methane help life on Titan?

In 2034, a drone with eight propellers called Dragonfly will fly over the frozen surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. NASA will launch Dragonfly in 2026 as part of the New Frontiers research programme. The module transporting Dragonfly to Titan…

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Curious facts about summer

If someone asks you “When does summer begin?”, very probably you would answer that it begins on the summer solstice, which this year falls on 21 June. Yet a meteorologist might say that it had already begun some time earlier,…

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St. Lucy’s night: a night of shooting stars

In Italy, St. Lucy’s night  is known traditionally as “the shortest night of the year”, but due to the passage of the Geminid meteor shower, it will also become the “brightest night of the year”. In fact, the night between…

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Twinkle twinkle little star

The Christmas comet 46P/Wirtanen is crossing the sky. 46P is one of the large family of young comets: these are short-period celestial bodies affected by Jupiter’s gravitational force and for this reason their orbit passes by us frequently. 46P appears…

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World Space Week 2016

World Space Week (WSW) is a worldwide event that every year, from 4 to 10 October, celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the improvement of human life (watch the video message of the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti).…

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Discovering Jupiter!

Jupiter, the fifth planet in order of distance from the Sun, is certainly the giant of the solar system, so large that it could contain the Earth 1,300 times. Also Jupiter's mass is considerable, amounting to 318 times the mass…

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Andrew Wiles wins the 2016 Abel Prize for his proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem

On 15 March 2016, the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, at the proposal of the Abel Commission (composed of five internationally renowned mathematicians, currently: John Rognes, Rahul Pandharipande, Éva Tardos, Luigi Ambrosio, Marta…

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