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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

NASA's Stardust mission snares first dust from beyond the solar system

Analysis begins on seven particles that could be of interstellar origin

Nearby galaxy harbours rarest type of black hole

M82's black hole is 400 times the Sun's mass

Runaway couples create lonely supernovae

Calcium-rich explosions involve ejected binary stars

Rosetta rendezvous with comet at long last

Mission plans on landing module on comet surface in November

In depth

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou

Web life: Super Planet Crash

A simple game based on orbital dynamics is a "gateway drug" for learning more about exoplanet science

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

Web life: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Get up close and personal with the Moon thanks to this extensive online archive of lunar image data