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Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2021

The best meteor showers are a spectacular sight but, unfortunately, 2021 starts with a whimper. Moonlight this January will wash out the first of...

The world’s oldest story? Astronomers say global myths about ‘seven sisters’ stars may reach...

In the northern sky in December is a beautiful cluster of stars known as the Pleiades or the “seven sisters”. Look carefully and you...

The best gift in the galaxy: an astronomer’s guide to buying a home telescope

Since time immemorial, humans have been fascinated by the night sky. Our relationship with it was forever changed in the early 1600s when Galileo Galilei...

Astronomers find answer to star formation slowdown

Astronomers from the Astrophysics in Pune and the Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, using the upgrade Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), measured the atomic hydrogen...

Life on Venus? Traces of phosphine may be a sign of biological activity

The discovery that the atmosphere of Venus absorbs a precise frequency of microwave radiation has just turned planetary science on its head. An international...

Revealed: the Sun’s secret plan to become a lithium factory

Lithium is used in everything from medication to mobile phone batteries, but where does it come from? We know it is mined here on...

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