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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

For the latest news, features and products in astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

News

Highly charged ions could measure changes in fine-structure constant

Measurements on Earth could help us understand light from distant quasars

UK beats Italy to host SKA headquarters

Giant radio telescope's HQ will be at Jodrell Bank, despite a "compelling" bid from its rival

Fiery end for MESSENGER mission

Craft crashes into Mercury after running out of fuel

Cosmic rays illuminate the electric fields that cause lightning

"Throwaway data" from radio telescopes help physicists peer into clouds

In depth

Between the lines

Mathematical doodles, the "new space" era and a pocket guide to astronomy, reviewed by Margaret Harris

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?