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'Ninth planet' may exist in solar system: US scientists
'Ninth planet' may exist in solar system: US scientists

A previously unknown giant planet may have been discovered lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, US scientists announced.

'Ninth planet' may exist in solar system: US scientists
Liquid water found on Mars: NASA
Liquid water found on Mars: NASA

Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars which makes it far more likely that life could be found there, the US space agency NASA said.

Liquid water found on Mars: NASA
Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS
Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS

A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts successfully launched towards the International Space Station, marking the 500th manned launch in space travel history.

Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS
Magical views from top of the world for solar eclipse
Magical views from top of the world for solar eclipse

All eyes will be on the skies for a total solar eclipse expected to offer spectacular views, if only in the far northern Svalbard archipelago and Faroe Islands.

Magical views from top of the world for solar eclipse
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Northern parts of Kazakhstan to witness solar eclipse on March 20

The first complete solar eclipse of the year is going to take place on March 20, 15 hours prior to the astronomical spring in the Northern hemisphere - equinox.

Northern parts of Kazakhstan to witness solar eclipse on March 20
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Kazakhstan needs asteroid observation stations: astrophysicist

Many space objects remain undiscovered and some of them pose a threat to the Earth. Astrophysicist Victor Teifel says it is time to build a special station for detection of asteroids in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan needs asteroid observation stations: astrophysicist
Savvy media use turned comet mission into tale of space heroics
Savvy media use turned comet mission into tale of space heroics

Rosetta mission had become a tale of heroics in deep space, with the secrets of the Solar System at stake.

Savvy media use turned comet mission into tale of space heroics
Comet probe uploads last-minute data from 'alien world'
Comet probe uploads last-minute data from 'alien world'

Robot probe Philae uploaded a slew of data to Earth from a deep-space comet that it drilled into long after its onboard battery was feared to have died.

Comet probe uploads last-minute data from 'alien world'
Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well
Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well

Europe's comet probe Philae was "working well" despite a rough-and-tumble touchdown that left it partly shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight.

Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well
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Meteor shower to be witnessed in Kazakhstan

2014 Perseid meteor shower will be visible in Kazakhstan at night today, August 13.

Meteor shower to be witnessed in Kazakhstan
Radio telescope of the Institute of Ionosphere. ©tengrinews.kz
Kazakhstan steps up space research

The Tian Shan Astronomical Observatory in the mountains near Almaty, Kazakhstan has completed modernising its two telescopes.

Kazakhstan steps up space research
Chile hilltop razed for world's largest telescope
Chile hilltop razed for world's largest telescope

Construction on the world's largest optical telescope began with a bang, as workers demolished a hilltop in Chile's Atacama desert.

Chile hilltop razed for world's largest telescope
'Godzilla' of Earths circles distant star
'Godzilla' of Earths circles distant star

Astronomers have spotted the "Godzilla" of all Earths, a huge rocky planet orbiting a star 560 light years away that is changing scientists' understanding of the origins of the universe.

'Godzilla' of Earths circles distant star
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Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

Skywatchers in the United States and Canada could see a one-of-a-kind meteor shower late Friday night and early Saturday, astronomers say.

Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24
Americas to get glimpse of total lunar eclipse
Americas to get glimpse of total lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse, the first since December 2011, will take place Tuesday with the Americas best placed to get a glimpse.

Americas to get glimpse of total lunar eclipse
The 10-meter South Pole Telescope and the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) Telescope. ©Reuters/Keith Vanderlinde
Major discovery bolsters Big Bang theory of universe

Waves of gravity that rippled through space right after the Big Bang have been detected for the first time, in a landmark discovery that adds to our understanding of how the universe was born.

Major discovery bolsters Big Bang theory of universe
Astronomers reveal 'largest yellow star ever'
Astronomers reveal 'largest yellow star ever'

Astronomers have spotted the largest yellow star ever observed in our galaxy and 1,300 times larger than the sun.

Astronomers reveal 'largest yellow star ever'
©Reuters/Ali Jarekji
'Oldest star' found from iron fingerprint: astronomers

Australian astronomers on Sunday said they had found a star 13.6 billion years old, making it the most ancient star ever seen.

'Oldest star' found from iron fingerprint: astronomers
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Chile observatory finds the coldest spot in space

The coldest place in the universe -- just one degree above absolute zero, the temperatures at which all atoms freeze -- is the Boomerang Nebula.

Chile observatory finds the coldest spot in space
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Chinese no longer banned from NASA astronomy meet

Six Chinese scientists who were banned from a NASA astronomy conference are now welcome to register, resolving an international row over academic discrimination.

Chinese no longer banned from NASA astronomy meet