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Never-before-seen galaxy spotted orbiting the Milky Way

The Crater 2 dwarf is our galaxy's fourth biggest satellite, but its ghostly nature let it elude detection - until now

Ease up doom mongers, Planet Nine is not about to destroy us

Contrary to tabloid tales, a distant extra planet in our solar system is not about to send comets raining down on us, says astronomer Phil Plait

Our top 5 wacky NASA missions that might just happen

NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts programme funds long-shot concepts for further study. This year's include a paper-thin spaceship and a steampunk Venus rover

Private inflatable space station could be launched in 2020

Bigelow Aerospace has announced its intentions to launch an inflatable space habitat in 2020, and hopes NASA will let it expand the International Space Station

Mars moons may have formed after collision with Pluto-like world

Many think the tiny Phobos and Deimos are merely captured asteroids, but a new model suggests they had a more violent origin

The play X will have you clock-watching – but in a good way

A thrilling new science-fiction play by Alistair McDowall carries Stewart Pringle a long way from home

Feedback: The sun is hollow, and other empty claims

Plus holy water sprinkled onto plagiarised paper, quantum socks show entanglement, minister targets laser pens, and more

Inflatable space hotel to be tested by space station crew

A folded, fabric extension to the International Space Station is launching on a SpaceX rocket this week to test technology for future living quarters

Planet Nine might be an exoplanet stolen by the sun

The hypothetical ninth planet at the fringes of our solar system might have been captured from a star passing by long ago

Pluto may have tipped over when Charon tugged at its heart

The iconic heart-shaped feature on Pluto is so dense that it could have led to the entire dwarf planet swivelling over time

Same Blue Origin rocket reaches space and lands for third time

The private space firm owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is the first to launch and land the same rocket – beating rival SpaceX to the punch

Dust devils on Mars may be boosted by their own shadows

Scientists have struggled to explain how dust devils get so strong in the thin Martian air - now it seems they could be sustaining themselves

Feedback: Poppers burn a hole in the UK’s blanket drugs ban

Plus quantum tape unravels, a knife for women, Neil deGrasse Tyson's painful tweets, airy promises from breathing guru, digital teeth, and more

Lasers could hide Earth from aliens – or tell them we’re here

Shining lasers into space could hide us from unfriendly cosmic neighbours – or help us draw their attention. If the aliens are doing this too, we may have already spotted them

More evidence for Planet Nine as odd celestial alignment emerges

Another celestial object has been found in a group with strangely similar orbits, implying they are shepherded by something - possibly a mysterious ninth planet

Bubbling ocean on Saturn’s moon could explain vanishing island

The oceans of ethane and methane found on Titan may be bubbling with nitrogen – which could explain a mysterious disappearing island spotted on its surface

Lost Japanese satellite Hitomi shows unexpected signs of life

The satellite seemed to be missing or out of control after debris was spotted around it shortly after it was due to call Earth - but it may still be alive  

Interstellar cloud could have wiped out the dinosaurs

The mass extinction 65 million years ago could have been kick-started when the solar system ploughed into a vast nebula

Asteroid barrage may have birthed a short-lived ocean on Mars

How Mars acquired and then lost its water is a mystery, but a period of large asteroid impacts 4 billion years ago could provide an explanation

Gecko Gripper blasts off to help design space-crawling robots

Tuesday's Cygnus launch to the International Space Station carried material inspired by gecko feet. It could help robots crawl over the ISS's exterior

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