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Video interview with STFC's Keith Mason
The head of the Science and Technology Facility Council speaks with Astronomy Now Editor Keith Cooper about the astronomy funding crisis at the National Astronomy Meeting in Belfast.
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RAS's Robert Massey talks about the meeting
Royal Astronomical Society spokesman Robert Massey speaks with Astronomy Now's Managing Editor Steven Young about the success of the National Astronomy Meeting in Belfast.
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Monica Grady on the chances of finding life
Monica Grady of the Open University talks with Astronomy Now Web Editor Emily Baldwin about the prospects of finding life beyond our own planet on Mars and beyond.
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Laplace & Tandem vie for Cosmic Visions top-spot
Two missions to the outer Solar System, Laplace (Europa and Jupiter Mission) and Tandem (Titan and Enceladus Mission), are competing against each other for selection later this year; Emily Baldwin summarises the key goals of each ambitious mission.
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Video interview with ESA's David Southwood
The head of the European Space Agency's science programmes speaks with Astronomy Now Editor Keith Cooper at the National Astronomy Meeting in Belfast.
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Meteor showers observed in the Martian atmosphere
A storm of shooting stars has, for the first time, been detected in the Martian atmosphere by a team of scientists based at the Armagh Observatory using data from the Mars Global Surveyor probe.
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Spinning stars make astronomers dizzy
Fast spinning, massive stars have shown that the way in which gases are mixed inside them isn't as simple as had been assumed, according to a new study involving the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, and presented at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting.
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Embryonic planet imaged around young star
The youngest planet ever to be seen has been captured in its earliest stage of formation in a disc of gas and rocky debris around a star 520 light years away.
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Stars burst into life in the early Universe
The strongest burst of star formation in the history of the Universe occurred about two billion years after the Big Bang, say astronomers presenting their research at the National Astronomy Meeting this week.
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Old galaxies stick together in the young Universe
Galaxies which look old early in the history of the Universe reside in enormous clouds of invisible dark matter, and will eventually evolve into the most massive galaxies that exist in the present day, say astronomers from the University of Nottingham presenting their research at the National Astronomy Meeting.
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Supernova factories found in Milky Way's bar
Two star clusters of gigantic red supergiant stars are ticking timebombs in our Galaxy, it was revealed yesterday at the National Astronomy Meeting. "The next supernova could go off in one of these clusters at an time," says Dr Ben Davies.
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SuperWASP scoops ten exoplanets in six months
Ten new exoplanets have been unveiled by the UK's SuperWASP cameras in the last six months, Dr Don Pollacco of Queen's University Belfast announced at this week's National Astronomy Meeting.
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For star formation more is less in large galaxies
Large galaxies that should be in their prime have confounded expectations by experiencing less star formation relative to their mass than smaller galaxies that, according to hierarchical models of galaxy formation, should merely be the building blocks of those larger galaxies.
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In 1961, the meteorologist Edward Lorenz totally changed our thinking about the future – and indeed about the nature of existence – by the simple act of getting up from his desk to fetch a cup of coffee.
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Exclusive Interview:

Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku is professor of theoretical physics at City College New York. He is a best-selling author and TV presenter. Two of his most recent programs were shown on BBC Four and his latest book Physics of the Impossible (Allan Lane) is on sale now. Astronomy Now's Kulvinder Singh Chadha talks to the man who dreams about the impossible.

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2008 Yearbook
This 132-page special edition features the ultimate observing guide for 2008, a review of all the biggest news stories, in depth articles covering all aspects of astronomy including astrophotography, the future of the Sun and space missions for 2008, and much, much more.
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Take the tour!
A 100-page special edition from the creators of Astronomy Now magazine, The Grand Tour of the Universe takes readers from one end of the Universe to the other and, in doing so, asks the question "just how big is the Universe?"
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Infinity Rising
This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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Guide to the Constellations
Astronomy Now presents this 100-page, full-colour guide to the 68 constellations visible from the British Isles by Neil Bone, the respected amateur astronomer and writer.
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Exploring Mars
Astronomy Now is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring Mars. The very best images of Mars taken by orbiting spacecraft and NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers fill up the 98 glossy pages of this special edition!
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