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Jupiter and Saturn in conjunction for one day

This year the winter solstice is accompanied by a rare astronomical event: the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The approach of the two giant planets has lasted months and has provided a spectacle that has become more fascinating each day,…

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From the Hubble telescope to the Caldwell catalogue

For the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope (in orbit since 1990), NASA has released 30 extraordinary new images. These are thirty celestial bodies that are part of what is known as the Caldwell Catalogue, first published in 1995…

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Gaia maps the Milky Way, over 1.81 billion stars identified

It took a good 34 months of observations by Gaia, the astronomical satellite launched by ESA (European Space Agency), to obtain the most precise 3D map of our galaxy ever made. The Milky Way now has nearly 2 billion stars,…

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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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