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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

Modelling the magnetic fields of exoplanets

Spectral analysis reveals details of stellar winds and planetary atmospheres

Sun's magnetic field affects frequency of lightning strikes on Earth

Findings could lead to better lightning forecasts

Is dark energy eating dark matter?

Dark-sector interaction could explain universe evolution

Rosetta mission outlines Philae lander’s predicaments

Scientists race against time to complete key missions and bring lander out of the shadows

In depth

Between the lines

A collection of essays about "surprising science" and a primer on quantum entanglement, cryptography and nonlocality, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Rendezvous with a comet

Matt Taylor braces himself as Europe's Rosetta craft gets set to land a probe on a comet for the first time next month

A space cowboy's tale

James Dacey reviews an imaginative film about astronaut Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the Moon"

Gardening in space

Robert P Crease on the success story of a courgette in space