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23rd February 2021

Unusual concentration of black holes discovered

The core of NGC 6397, a globular cluster about 8,000 light years from Earth, has been found to contain an unusual concentration of black holes, based on new data from the Hubble Space Telescope and Gaia observatory.

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30th January 2021

Rare system of six exoplanets discovered

Astronomers report the discovery of TOI-178, a rare system of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a complex "chain of resonance".

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7th December 2020

Radishes grown in space for first time

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have collected the first harvest of radishes grown on the station.

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16th November 2020

UK government to research space-based solar power

The UK government has commissioned new research into space-based solar power systems. These would use very large orbiting satellites to beam the Sun's energy to ground-based receivers.

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14th November 2020

New technology could turn Moon dust into oxygen and useful metals

British firm Metalysis has won a European Space Agency contract to develop technology to turn Moon dust and rocks into oxygen, leaving behind metal powders for use in construction.

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29th October 2020

Apophis asteroid may be heading for Earth in 2068

Observations of the near-Earth asteroid, Apophis, have already ruled out a collision with our planet in 2029 and 2036. However, the discovery of a new orbital characteristic suggests that a collision in the year 2068 remains a possibility.

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26th October 2020

Water discovered on sunlit surface of Moon

Astronomers report, for the first time, the detection of molecular water on the sunlit surface of the Moon at concentrations of up to 412 parts per million.

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23rd October 2020

Betelgeuse is smaller and closer than previously thought

A new study finds that the red supergiant star Betelgeuse is 530 light years away, about 25% closer than previously thought. Additionally, its estimated size has been revised downwards.

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13th October 2020

Stunning video tour of asteroid's surface revealed by NASA

NASA's first asteroid sample return mission will soon be touching down on the surface of Bennu. The space agency has released a stunning video tour of this tiny world, based on data and imagery gathered so far.

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