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Chara

The night sky is a time machine. All of the stars are light-years away, so we see them as they looked years ago. But one star also shows us the future. It gives us a glimpse of what the Sun will look like in perhaps a billion years or more. Chara is the second-brightest member of Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs. The constellation is in the east-northeast at nightfall. Chara is above its brightest star, Cor Caroli. Chara is a solar analog — a star that’s almost identical to the Sun. It’s a coupl...


Nasa cancels all-female spacewalk, citing lack of suit in woman's size

Space agency blames shortage of outerwear after first-of-its-kind mission falls throughNasa’s plans for an all-female spacewalk have fallen through – at least in part because the agency doesn’t have enough spacesuits that fit the astronauts.Early this month, Nasa announced that Christina Koch and Anne McClain would take part in the first-of-its kind mission on 29 March, walking outside the international space station (ISS) to install new batteries. In the past, missions have been all-male or mal...
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Moon and Jupiter

The Boyne River, in County Meath, Ireland, may be the site of an ancient astronomical computer. Giant mounds at three prehistoric complexes appear to track the motions of the Sun and Moon. And one of those mounds could be the home to the oldest known map of the Moon. The mound at Knowth is more than 200 feet in diameter and three stories tall. Two long passages — one aimed east, the other west — lead to a central chamber painted with elaborate geometric shapes. At one of the other complexes, pas...


After 50 years, Apollo’s moon rocks still have much to give

Some samples brought back by the moon-landing missions have yet to be opened. Richard A Lovett reports.
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot is shrinking

A massive storm that has lasted for hundreds of years is slowly changing in shape, size and colour. Astronomer Donna Pierce from Mississippi State University explains.
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Nasa cancels all-female spacewalk, citing lack of spacesuit in right size

Space agency blames shortage of outerwear after first-of-its-kind mission falls throughNasa’s plans for an all-female spacewalk have fallen through – at least in part because the agency doesn’t have enough spacesuits that fit the astronauts.Early this month, Nasa announced that Christina Koch and Anne McClain would take part in the first-of-its kind mission on 29 March, walking outside the international space station (ISS) to install new batteries. In the past, missions have been all-male or mal...
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The way things were, 12.8 billion years ago

High-resolution optics reveal sharpest ever image of the early universe.
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