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Comet NEOWISE visible in the July sky

July nights have a special surprise in store for astronomy enthusiasts: Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise which, this month, is becoming more and more luminous to the point of being visible to the naked eye and photographable. The comet was observed…

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New research to date ice on the Moon

A team of researchers at Brown University, supported by NASA, has conducted a new study to date the ice deposits in lunar craters. The first stage in the research to establish the age of the ice was to date the…

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Bubbles of radio waves at the centre of the Milky Way

At the centre of the Milky Way there is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*, which has captured the attention of an international group of astronomers from 15 different research institutions. An enormous hourglass-shaped structure that emits radio waves…

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Powering the future with lunar soil

Building a lunar base is one of the next steps for exploring the Solar System, but one of the obstacles to be overcome before achieving this project is finding access to a reliable source of energy that will guarantee the…

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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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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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