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Methane lakes found on Titan

Thanks to the data collected by the Cassini probe, a number of methane lakes have been discovered on Titan, Saturn’s largest satellite. The lakes are located in the northern hemisphere of the satellite and are surprisingly deep, perched on the…

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Here is the first image of a black hole

Located more than 50 million light years away, at the centre of a gigantic elliptical galaxy called Messier 87, the first black hole to be immortalised in a photo: this object at a distance of 55 million light years from…

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The Prisma satellite is almost ready for launching

There are only a few days to go before the launch of the mission of the Italian Space Agency PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa - Hyperspectral Precursor of the Application Mission), the satellite that will observe planet Earth with…

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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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InSight arrives on Mars

A photo taken through a dusty porthole announces the success of the InSight mission. After a 458-million-kilometre journey, the NASA probe has landed on Mars. It is the fifteenth lander to touch down on the surface of the red planet…

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World Space Week 2018

From 4 to 10 October the World Space Week (WSW) was held; it is an initiative established by the United Nations Organisation on 6 December 1999 to commemorate two important historical dates: 4 October 1957, the day of the launch…

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Aeolus – The first satellite to study wind on a global scale is in orbit

Only two weeks have gone by since it went into orbit on 22 August, but the Aeolus satellite has already sent the first data on wind in our atmosphere. This revolutionary mission, the first of its kind, accomplished by the…

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The longest lunar eclipse this century

From 9 pm on Friday 27 July until 1:30 am on Saturday 28 everyone should watch the sky: we will be able to observe one of the most fascinating and not very frequent natural events. On this evening, in fact,…

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