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The Goldilocks Zone: Hospitable planets may be more common than we think

In a groundbreaking analysis utilizing the latest telescope observations, astronomers from the University of Florida have revealed that one-third of all common planets in our galaxy may be classed as 'hospitable planets'.

First ever Saudi-Arabian woman ventures into space with AX-2 mission

The Saudi Space Commission embarked on the AX-2 mission on Sunday, which saw the first Arab female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, go to space.
Planet earth from the space at night

‘Space City’: The industry-academic collaboration for space observation

Leicester has developed a ‘space city’ cluster for the UK space sector collaborating on space observation and research.
Space and Galaxy light speed travel. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Largest cosmic explosion recorded was ten times brighter than any supernova

Three times brighter than the brightest tidal disruption event, the AT2021lwx was the largest known cosmic explosion recorded by the University of Southampton.
planets in the solar system: earth, mars and Venus

Can seismic waves tell us about the formation of terrestrial planets?

How does Earth differ from Mars? Researchers observe seismic waves travelling through Mars to understand its formation – and why it sustains life differently.
Red nebula stars sky

Galaxies that shouldn’t exist? JWST confounds scientists yet again

New information provided by the James Webb Space Telescope indicates six galaxies that shouldn’t exist - the telescope has revealed these earliest and largest galaxies on NASA’s radar might be even bigger and more mature than previously thought possible.
JWST image of a distant galaxy

JWST: Tiny distant galaxy gives clues to Big Bang’s history

JWST researchers have been able to locate a tiny distant galaxy which originated around 500 million years after the Big Bang – in the universe’s youth.
distant planet in a double star system

Ariel Data Challenge 2023: AI and exoplanets

Artificial Intelligence experts have been invited to embark on the Ariel Data Challenge 2023 and look for exoplanets.
Supermoon and Lovell Radio Telescope, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK

Spain joins the Square Kilometre Array Observatory

Now that Spain has joined the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, researchers in Spain will have access to the initiative's data.
radio telescope under the galaxy

High-quality membrane mirrors and the power of large space telescopes

Research has revealed a new way of producing and shaping large high-quality mirrors for space telescopes allowing for them to be rolled up and stored compactly inside during launch.

James Webb Space Telescope detects dust storm on exoplanet VHS 1256b

For the first time, a raging dust storm has been observed by the James Webb Space Telescope on the exoplanet known as VHS 1256b, which is outside our Solar System.
Chinese astronaut over the main module Tianhe on the Space Station Tiangong - flying over the Central America. This is entirely 3D generated image. Background image is from Nasa - https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/images/92104/a-central-american-panorama/92106w. Composited image of the stars is my own shot. Space station module and astronaut are both 3D models.

How does space travel affect the human brain?

The sensation of ‘weightlessness’ during space travel has long-term effects on the brain, where the brain's rules about gravity are no longer applicable.
moon, earth and sun

Could 4 billion-year-old moon dust lower Earth’s rising temperatures?

Moon dust could be an option to block the sun’s radiation and slow global warming – researchers are looking to intercept a fraction of sunlight before it reaches Earth.
black hole concept

Visualising a black hole collision: “one of the most violent events you can imagine”

A simulation developed in a video depicts how a black hole collision would send gravitational waves through the cosmos.
A snapshot of the Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus) is the most recent Picture of the Week from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Tarantula Nebula is a large star-forming region of ionised hydrogen gas that lies 161 000 light years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and its turbulent clouds of gas and dust can be seen swirling between the region’s bright, newly-formed stars. The Tarantula Nebula is a familiar site for Hubble. It is the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighbourhood and home to the hottest, most massive stars known. This makes it a perfect natural laboratory in which to test out theories of star formation and evolution, and a rich variety of Hubble images of this region have been released to the public in recent years. The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope also recently delved into this region, revealing thousands of never-before-seen young stars. This new image combines data from two different observing proposals. The first was designed to explore the properties of the dust grains that exist in the void between stars and which make up the dark clouds winding through this image. This proposal, which astronomers named Scylla, complements another Hubble observing proposal called Ulysses and is revealing how interstellar dust interacts with starlight in a variety of environments. This image also incorporates data from an observing programme studying star formation in conditions similar to the early Universe, as well as cataloguing the stars of the Tarantula Nebula for future science with Webb. [Image description: Wispy, nebulous clouds extend from the lower-left of the image. At the top and right the dark background of space can be seen through the sparse nebula. Along the left and in the corner are many layers of brightly-coloured gas and dark, obscuring dust. A cluster of small, bright blue stars in the same corner expands out across the image. Many much smaller stars cover the background.]

Using Hubble to see the Tarantula Nebula in new detail

Combining data on the Tarantula Nebular from two different observing proposals, a team from Hubble has revealed how interstellar dust interacts with starlight in a variety of environments.
Green comet

‘Green comet’ to pass close to Earth for the first time in 50,000 years

Already flying above Kent, the UK can witness a “once in a lifetime” green comet on February 1st 2023, last seen in the Stone Age.
Space shuttle

What does the modern ‘space race’ need to thrive in 2023?

2023 is looking to be a year of further growth in the space business, but what do countries need to prepare for to succeed in the modern space race?
This image by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) features the central region of the Chamaeleon I dark molecular cloud, which resides 630 light years away. The cold, wispy cloud material (blue, center) is illuminated in the infrared by the glow of the young, outflowing protostar Ced 110 IRS 4 (orange, upper left). The light from numerous background stars, seen as orange dots behind the cloud, can be used to detect ices in the cloud, which absorb the starlight passing through them

JWST: Capturing the secrets of space ice chemistry on video

Different particles of space ice have been discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in a molecular cloud’s darkest and coldest regions.
The asteroid Ryugu, as seen by Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft on June 30, 2018. (Image credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu and AIST.)

The Ryugu asteroid holds a key to understanding solar system formation

Samples from the 162173 Ryugu asteroid collected by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft could help us understand the chemical composition of the solar system.

Meteorite hunting: Antarctica reveals five new treasures

According to researchers, Antarctica, although a tough place to work, is one of the best places on the globe to hunt for meteorites.

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