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Join us for the Cosmic Clouds 3-D book launch

22 September 2020 Astronomy Now

Join us at 8pm BST (1900 GMT) for the launch of Cosmic Cloud 3-D, hosted by London’s Science Museum. Featuring a breath-taking lenticular 3-D front cover, Cosmic Clouds 3-D takes you on a mesmerising journey that tells the story of the birth, death and recycling of stars in nebulae.

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Watch NASA exoplanets announcement

22 February 2017 Astronomy Now

Watch live as NASA holds a news conference at the space agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC to announce new findings on exoplanets. The news conference begins at 6pm GMT.

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Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket counting down to launch tonight

14 August 2016 Stephen Clark

For the second time this year, SpaceX is preparing to launch a commercial communications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. early Sunday. A Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off at 1:26 a.m. EDT (0526 GMT) from Cape Canaveral with the JCSAT 16 satellite to relay data and video across Japan and the Asia-Pacific. A first stage landing attempt will follow in the Atlantic Ocean a few minutes later.

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LISA Pathfinder success paves way for space-based gravitational wave detection

9 June 2016 Astronomy Now

LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by the European Space Agency with contributions from NASA, has successfully tested key technology needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting gravitational waves. These tiny ripples in the fabric of space, predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, were first seen last year by the ground-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

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How to view the transit of Mercury online on 9 May

8 May 2016 Astronomy Now

The 2016 transit of Mercury is upon us! With fine weather predicted across a large swathe of the British Isles, many will enjoy clear skies for at least some of this 7½-hour event. But if you don’t have a suitably equipped telescope, or are unable to attend any of the transit-viewing activities organised nationwide, you can still view the phenomenon online.

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Where to view the transit of Mercury on 9 May

7 May 2016 Astronomy Now

With the transit of Mercury just two days away, interest in this comparatively rare event is growing fast. Given the favourable timing of this 7½-hour phenomenon for the UK, many will be able to view it at lunchtime or after work. If you don’t have suitably equipped telescope, join one of the many transit-viewing activities hosted by astronomical organisations nationwide.