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New Urbanist: Off-world colonies of the Canadian Arctic

The pop-up mining towns of the remote and hostile Canadian north are, in a sense, prototypes for cities we might one day build on Mars and other planets...

Weird aurora and dust cloud found on new Mars mission

Since its arrival in orbit around the Red Planet in October, the MAVEN mission has already found mysterious aurora and a dust cloud that researchers are scrambling to explain...

Bright spots on Ceres could be water volcanoes

Images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft show that a mysterious bright spot on dwarf planet Ceres could be a plume of water spurting from a deep, icy crater...

Eclipse 2015: Your guide to the solar spectacle

What will happen, where and when, and how to watch tomorrow's eclipse safely - as well as what scientists might learn from it...

Awesome photos from Europe's biggest solar eclipse

Umbraphiles in the UK saw the biggest solar eclipse in 16 years, but the European Space Agency beat the clouds and got a spectacular view from space...

Quasar backlighting gives weight to Andromeda galaxy

Astronomers find 40 billion suns' worth of gas hiding in our neighbouring galaxy's halo – and get insight into how galaxies collect material over time...

Wrecking ball Jupiter paved way for Earth

Jupiter may have ploughed through the early solar system, driving some of the first planets to a fiery death in the sun – and cleared room for planets like Earth...

Swiss cheese is not a sign of Martian climate change

Growing circular pits in Mars's south polar ice cap were thought to be a sign that the planet is warming – but a new model shows it is a natural cycle...

Black holes devour stars in gulps and nibbles

Black holes rip stars apart and feast on them when they approach too close – but some black holes are gluttons while others play with their food...

NASA's Curiosity rover finds fatty acids on Mars

The lard-like molecules that showed up in Mars's Gale Crater are important for life, but could still be non-biological in origin...

Baby star before-and-after shows how it gets massive

No one knew how the energetic radiation from young, hot stars that grow up to be planet factories picks a direction – but now we've watched it in action

Alien FAQ: 6 questions about strange cosmic radio bursts

Was it ET? Subspace communication? Mega bursts of radio waves that seem to come from a galaxy far, far away have a weird pattern– here's what you need to know

Rock grab from asteroid will aid human mission to Mars

NASA plans to grab a boulder off a nearby asteroid, throw it into orbit around the moon, and then send humans out for a visit, testing some tech on the way

Dwarf planet Ceres might have right stuff for life

NASA hopes Dawn mission can answer the big question: could life lurk in icy volcanoes on Ceres, the asteroid belt's biggest resident?...

First year-long stay on the ISS about to begin

One twin will spend the year in space, the other on the ground. Monitoring their health could let us tease apart the effects of space flight from genetics...

Scorch marks left by spacecraft on Mars soon fade

The Red Planet cleans up our mess for us within a few years, a new study shows – which could be important for NASA's next lander...

Twin Earths may lurk in our nearest star system

Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light years away, may hold two planets like our own, according to observations with the Hubble Space Telescope...

Planet or not, Ceres rocks

All eyes are on the space drama unfolding in the asteroid belt. It matters not a jot whether Ceres is a planet or a dwarf...

Is this ET? Mystery of strange radio bursts from space

Mysterious radio wave flashes from far outside the galaxy are proving tough for astronomers to explain. Is it pulsars? A spy satellite? Or an alien message?...

The moon's got two tails - and its friends might too

The man in the moon wears a tailcoat. The discovery of a second stream of particles from the moon's dark side suggests a way to probe alien worlds from afar...

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