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Starwatch: the moon and a pair of star clusters

The waxing moon is moving towards the Pleiades and Hyades The Moon approaches two star clusters on the evening of 26 January. Both clusters are located in Taurus and can be seen with the naked eye. Find the waxing Moon in the south-west, then look to its upper right to see a tight grouping of stars known as the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. Show More Summary

Japan breakthrough could improve weather warnings and save lives

Data collected by Himawari-8 weather satellite paired with supercomputer programme A project harnessing data from a Japanese satellite could improve weather forecasting and allow officials to issue life-saving warnings before natural...Show More Summary

John Young obituary

American astronaut who led the first US space shuttle mission and was the ninth man to walk on the moon The astronaut John Young, who has died aged 87, was the ninth man to walk on the moon, as commander of Nasa’s Apollo 16 mission in 1972, and landed the first US space shuttle in 1981. Show More Summary

Meteor flashes across the sky in Michigan – video

A meteor swept over parts of the US midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said. It then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes, according to several residents Flash of light and loud bang in Michigan was meteor, experts say Continue reading...

Starwatch: Mars and Jupiter reward early risers

The two planets appear close together this week and are conspicuous in the pre-dawn sky in the constellation Libra A pair of bright planets reward early risers this week. Mars and Jupiter are close together in the constellation Libra. Show More Summary

Having one’s royal cake and eating it | Brief letters

Meghan Markle handshake | Apple’s tax payment | No bull | Tabloid Guardian | Philip Hammond | Rude place names Meghan Markle visits a community radio station and meets staff on a magazine collective, in response to their invitation. She provides both with masses of invaluable publicity and, it appears, generates a great deal of pleasure. Show More Summary

Starwatch: Farewell and thanks for 43 years of guiding us through the night sky

It’s the end of an era. Having written the Guardian’s astronomy column since 1974, Alan Pickup has decided to move on … at a timely moment in the newspaper’s history As readers of Starwatch already know, after supplying the monthly star notes to the Guardian for 43 years, Alan Pickup is standing down. Show More Summary

Will we be ready to put a human footprint on Mars in 15 years?

The countdown has begun to send humans to Mars. But what it will take, what we have already planned for – and is it really possible that we’ll be ready? If you ever wanted to visit Mars, 2018 would be a really great time to go. In July this year, the Earth and Mars will come closer than at any other point in the last 15 years. Show More Summary

Astronomers may be closing in on source of mysterious fast radio bursts

Pulses may be from a neutron star cocooned by a strong magnetic field – though experts are not ruling out more unorthodox explanations such as alien ships Astronomers appear to be closing in on the source of enigmatic radio pulses emanating from space that have become the subject of intense scientific speculation. Show More Summary

Two suns? No, it's a supernova drawn 6,000 years ago, say scientists

Indian team say the drawings may be the oldest depiction of a supernova, the final explosion of a dying star, ever discovered For decades, stone carvings unearthed in the Himalayan territory of Kashmir were thought to depict a hunting scene. Show More Summary

Japanese astronaut apologises for saying he had grown 9cm in space

Norishige Kanai retracts claim as a mistake and says he had in fact grown 2cm since arriving at the International Space Station Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, has apologised for saying he had grown 9cm while in space and expressing concern about whether he would be safe on his return to Earth. Show More Summary

John Young, moon astronaut and first to fly shuttle, dies aged 87

Space agency announces death of first man to fly into space six times George HW Bush salutes ‘courage and commitment’ of ‘fearless patriot’ The astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died. Show More Summary

Starstruck: the best space images of 2017

With space missions in 2018 set to boldly go further than ever before, here is a look back at some of biggest breakthroughs and most breathtaking views offered by 2017 Continue reading...

The theatre company putting Victorian sci-fi centre stage

As an adaptation of HG Wells’s The Crystal Egg prepares to open in London, its creators explain how they turned a short story from 1897 into a play for our alien-obsessed times HG Wells hold a special place in the hearts of many sci-fi enthusiasts and scientists alike. Show More Summary

How did scientists figure out the ages of the Earth and the universe?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts How are the estimates of the ages of a) the Earth and b) the universe derived? RJ Jarrett, London SE26 Continue reading...

No alien megastructure around mysterious 'Tabby's star', analysis shows

Stand down space cadets, there is (sadly) no alien megastructure around star KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s star As if a divisive Star Wars film wasn’t bad news enough this Christmas, now an analysis by more than 200 astronomersShow More Summary

Starwatch: the January night sky

Highlights of a month that includes a ‘supermoon’, a lunar eclipse (though we can’t see it in Britain) and the Quadrantids meteor shower Orion, which rises in the E at nightfall and passes due S two hours after our map times, rules a...Show More Summary

Terrawatch: is this how plate tectonics gets started?

Planetary scientists studying images of Venus noticed remarkable similarities between lava plains on Venus and areas on Earth where tectonic plates interact For those who don’t like New Year, be grateful that you live on Earth and not Venus. Show More Summary

18 for ’18: the talent and trends tipped for the top in 2018

From girls with attitude on screen to new grime debuts, from Steve McQueen’s return to Tacita Dean’s London takeover, Observer writers on what to look forward to in the coming year Something special is happening in UK publishing. After...Show More Summary

China’s moon mission to boldly go a step further

China may achieve a feat never attempted by the US or USSR – landing on the far side of the moon This time next year, there may be a new world leader in lunar exploration. If all goes according to plan, China will have done something no other space-faring superpower has been able to do: land on the far side of the moon. Show More Summary

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