A method for simulating stars in the laboratory

A team of European researchers has tested a new method using a high-powered laser and a foam ball to create stars in the laboratory! Researchers have experimented with a new simulation method for small-scale reproduction of one of the most…


International Day of Human Space Travel

On 12 April 1961, Russian Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968) travelled into space for the first time, becoming the first cosmonaut in history. He completed the first orbital flight around the Earth in one hour and 48 minutes on board the…


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,…


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…


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,…


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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