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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

First visible light detected directly from an exoplanet

New method can pick up extremely faint reflected light despite low signal-to-noise ratio

Protests halt telescope construction on Hawaiian mountain

Work crews blocked from Thirty Meter Telescope site on Mauna Kea

ALMA debuts its high-resolution results

Radio telescope makes new discoveries in its long-baseline configuration

XENON1T will join the hunt for dark matter this autumn

World's largest direct-detection experiment will be more than 10 times more sensitive than current detectors

In depth

Between the lines

Tasneem Zehra Husain's imaginative physics-history novel Only the Longest Threads and Peter Adey's ramble through Air: Nature and Culture, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

To infinity, beyond and back again

Space-travel film Interstellar awes our reviewer Tushna Commissariat with an epic plot and breath-taking effects, but what about the science?

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris