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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

Babylonian astronomers used abstract geometry to track Jupiter

Geometry may have been applied to astronomy far earlier than most historians think

NASA's WFIRST mission set for go-ahead

Space agency expected to make the probe an official project next month

Are gravitational waves being 'redshifted' away by the cosmological constant?

Dark energy may have a measurable effect on future observations made by LISA or the Einstein Telescope

Underground ring lasers will put general relativity to the test

Subtle twisting of space–time could be seen on Earth for the first time

In depth

Visualizing the cosmos

A book of space-related infographics is "a marvel and a delight", according to reviewer Margaret Harris

Loops and arcs in the radio sky

Michael Peel, Matias Vidal, Clive Dickinson and Paddy Leahy explain the latest map from the Planck Collaboration

The Soviet side of space

A major exhibition at the Science Museum in London brings together an impressive collection of Soviet technologies from the birth of the space age

Dripping with science

Alok Jha's tales of the enigmatic water molecule and all its many applications intrigue Helen Maynard-Casely