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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

Brown dwarf's powerful auroras shine bright

Radio and optical emissions suggest that the sub-stellar objects behave more like planets than stars

Spain and Chile will host next-generation gamma-ray observatory

Cherenkov Telescope Array will study the most energetic events in the universe

Bountiful buckyballs resolve interstellar mystery

C60 molecules might abound in the universe

US astronomers call for a new space telescope with a giant 12 m mirror

Proposed Hubble successor would launch in the 2030s

In depth

The green flash

Pete Lawrence describes his quest since childhood to see this elusive phenomenon

A quest for ultimate reality

An enlightening and deeply personal tour of some of the edgiest, most puzzling elements of modern cosmology, reviewed by Melanie Windridge

Between the lines

A subtle and fiendish collection of physics problems and a geophysical journey that revels in unusual connections, reviewed by Margaret Harris

An interstellar culture clash

Jennifer Ouellette ponders the scientific and political messages of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem