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See a shooting star shower this weekend

See a shooting star shower this weekend

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is about to put on a sky show for Southern Hemisphere stargazers.

Biggest and best full-frame image of Pluto

Biggest and best full-frame image of Pluto

NASA has released this image of Pluto, the final and best full-frame image taken by New Horizons as it speeded towards its encounter with the dwarf planet.

Live coverage of the Pluto encounter

Live coverage of the Pluto encounter

Where and when to watch the online coverage of the fly-by of Pluto and Charon by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

Chelyabinsk meteor

Earth has been hit 566 times over 20 years

A map released by NASA shows that Earth’s atmosphere was hit by small asteroids resulting in a fireball, on 556 separate occasions between 1994 and 2013.

Rosetta parent craft, descending to the comet.

Philae has landed

Following a 10-year voyage across 510 million kilometres of empty space, Europe’s Philae robot has landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

A galaxy

Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink

The discovery that many small galaxies do not ‘swarm’ randomly around larger ones, is forcing astronomers to reconsider some aspects of how the universe formed and evolved.

Artist's impression of the New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto

Hubble to search for worlds beyond Pluto

The Hubble Space Telescope is being pressed into service to find new targets for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to explore beyond Pluto.

Artist’s impression of a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a star. Courtesy ESO/L. Calçada.

Spotting the stars that eat Earths

Some Sun-like stars are ‘earth-eaters’, ingesting large amounts of the kind of material from which planets like Earth and Mars and are made.

Partial eclipse of the Sun on Tuesday

Partial eclipse of the Sun on Tuesday

Australians will be treated to a partial solar eclipse on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 29.

Two people looking at the night sky

What’s up? Night sky for February 2014

When and where to see the Moon and planets this month.