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'Diamond Ring' Spotted In Space

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Tech

Astronomers have spotted a beautiful - and fairly romantic - sight in deep space: a nebula shaped like an engagement ring. The remarkable image was...

WATCH: Zoom Through The Universe In 49 Seconds

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Tech

Ever wondered what it would be like to hurtle through the night sky at impossibly vast speeds, watching stars streak silently past before slowing down...

PICS: Galaxy Spotted Feeding On Gigantic Gas Cloud

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Tech

A distant galaxy has been spotted feeding off a gigantic cloud of gas. The simplest models of galaxy formation involve clouds of gas and material c...

'Largest Ever' Photo Of The Galaxy Captures 84 Million Stars

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Tech

The largest and most detailed photograph of our galaxy ever taken has been unveiled. The gigantic nine-gigapixel image captures more than 84 millio...

The European Southern Observatory: 50 Years In 50 Pictures

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Tech

They have discovered exoplanets and second Earths, and brought us a steady stream of astoundingly beautiful space images. The European Southern Ob...

The Helix Nebula As Its Never Been Seen

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK Tech

The Helix Nebula has been shot for the first time in infrared revealing amazing cometary knots and never-before-seen details of the surrounding star. ...

Vampire Star SS Leporis Spotted By Powerful Telescope

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK Tech

Imagine having your life force slowly sucked out of you by a close lingering companion who just won't leave you alone. A "vampire" star has been d...

(VIDEO, PHOTOS) Hubble Uncovers Tiny Galaxies Birthing Stars

Melanie Hick | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Tech

Next time a child asks you where stars come from, point them straight to this new discovery of tiny star-spawning galaxies from Nasa's Hubble telescop...

(WATCH) Nasa Finds Youngest, Brightest Millisecond Pulsar

Melanie Hick | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Tech

Wondered where you'd left that millisecond pulsar of yours? Don't fret, Nasa's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found it and nine other equally imp...

Asteroid Watch: You Can Track Asteroid Passing Earth

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Tech

Asteroid 2005 YU55 is the not-so catchy name of the rock that will hurtle past Earth on November 8. If you're into space, then pay attention, because ...

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Space Photo Of The Day: Mars Mud Reveals Water

HuffingtonPost.com | Melanie Hick | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Tech

Mars may once have been flooded with water, according to a Nasa study looking into mud minerals across the planet. These colourful photos (above) ...

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Space Photo Of The Day: Exploding Gamma Ray Burst

HuffingtonPost.com | Melanie Hick | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Tech

You may not spend a lot of time outside at night looking up at the sky for various reasons - knife crime, Downton Abbey or light pollution for example...

Space Photo Of The Day: Horse Head Nebula

Melanie Hick | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Tech

Space photo of the day today is the Horse Head Nebula, so called because it vaguely resembles an abstract impression of a chessboard's bishop. The...

European Extremely Large Telescope Hunts For Extraterrestrial Life (PHOTOS)

Melanie Hick | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Tech

It's not just big, it's not even extraordinarily sizeable, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is the whopping great telescope that Chile h...

Alma: Humankind's Most Complex Telescope Yet (PHOTOS) (VIDEO)

Melanie Hick | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Tech

New undiscovered objects, the birth of stars and more distant galaxies are just a few of the amazing never-before-seen discoveries that Atacama Large ...

Angry Birds Nebula (VIDEO)

EOS | Melanie Hick | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Tech

Lambda Centauri Nebula, a cloud of glowing hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus, has been named the Angry Bird by observers wh...