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#Astronomy

9 breathtaking photos of the supermoon from around the world

Last night’s supermoon was the first of three expected to happen over the next few months.

Ukrainian astronomers adopt star and name it 'Putin is a d*ckhead'

Twinkle, twinkle little star.

From TheJournal.ie You can spot rare glowing clouds formed by meteors over Ireland Noctilucent This post contains images

You can spot rare glowing clouds formed by meteors over Ireland

These occur so high in the atmosphere that astronauts on the ISS can see them not too far below them.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: We have found Earth's Cousin outside our solar system ... but what does that mean? Stargazer

Opinion: We have found Earth's Cousin outside our solar system ... but what does that mean?

The Kepler spacecraft been on a planet-hunting mission since 2009 – and it’s just found the first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone. What are the implications?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Look up! The Red Planet is continuing to shine brightly in the night sky Stargazger

Column: Look up! The Red Planet is continuing to shine brightly in the night sky

With Mars currently in opposition, and shining with an orange tinge, Conor Farrell explores our fascination with the Red Planet.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why are we compelled to search for life on other planets? Black Sky Thinking

Column: Why are we compelled to search for life on other planets?

From the X-Files to the Men in Black, the alien occupies a unique place in pop culture, linked to widespread paranoia at the technological complexity of our age, writes Clare Taylor.

From TheJournal.ie An 'extremely bright' fireball was spotted over Ireland Seeing Stars

An 'extremely bright' fireball was spotted over Ireland

If you did, you weren’t alone.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Is space exploration worth the money? Space Spend

Column: Is space exploration worth the money?

Might the money spent on space exploration by governments and scientific institutes be better used for “real world” problems? Conor Farrell takes a look.

From TheJournal.ie Column: When does spring really start? Let's clear this is up once and for all. Grand Stretch

Column: When does spring really start? Let's clear this is up once and for all.

Is spring the start of February… or the start of March? If you ask me, there’s only one proper answer, and it involves astronomy. But there are a couple of reasons behind different dates, writes Conor Farrell.

From TheJournal.ie Astro-tourism: Kerry designated as stargazing reserve Look At The Stars

Astro-tourism: Kerry designated as stargazing reserve

An area of the county will now be classified as a ‘Dark Sky’ region.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust Opinion

Column: Ashes to Ashes, Stardust to Stardust

It’s been said that we are all made of ‘starstuff’. It’s an awe-inspirining statement, but how accurate is it? Conor Farrell explains.

From TheJournal.ie Temperatures colder than Mars cause 21 deaths across the United States Polar Vortex This post contains images

Temperatures colder than Mars cause 21 deaths across the United States

The extreme cold weather is causing chaos across the United States and Canada as temperatures plunge as low as -37 degrees Celsius.

From TheJournal.ie Did you see the fireball that broke up over Ireland last Friday evening? Astronomy

Did you see the fireball that broke up over Ireland last Friday evening?

The meteor was seen all across Ireland, but is thought to have only lasted a couple of seconds.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What was the Christmas Star? Opinion

Column: What was the Christmas Star?

According to the Bible story, the Star of Bethlehem – or the Christmas Star – led the Three Wise men to the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago. But was it an actual astronomic event?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nights Stargazer

Column: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nights

Short days can hinder what we can do with our free time – but there is plenty to see and do at night, even in these days of less money to spend, astronomy is a surprisingly inexpensive (and often free!) hobby to enjoy, writes Conor Farrell.

From TheJournal.ie Sun-grazing comet likely to have broken up Comet Ison

Sun-grazing comet likely to have broken up

Comet ISON was apparently no match for the sun.

From TheJournal.ie Comet ISON will brush past the Sun at half 6 this evening, but will it survive? Astronomy

Comet ISON will brush past the Sun at half 6 this evening, but will it survive?

The comet could simply melt due to the heat — or it could survive and light up our skies next month.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Eyes to the sky – Comet ISON might just be visible Opinion

Column: Eyes to the sky – Comet ISON might just be visible

Comet ISON is just days away from its close encounter with the sun, writes Conor Farrell, who tells us more about this ‘sungrazer’ comet.

From TheJournal.ie The best astronomy apps for amateur stargazers Heavenly Bodies

The best astronomy apps for amateur stargazers

If you want to decipher the skies, these 11 apps are worth a look.

From TheJournal.ie All eyes on the sky – meteor shower to fall over Ireland Falling From The Sky

All eyes on the sky – meteor shower to fall over Ireland

Astronomy Ireland is asking for people to chart the number of meteors they see, as the brightest shower of the year becomes visible tonight.

From TheJournal.ie This is what earth looks like from Saturn, 1.44 billion km away NASA

This is what earth looks like from Saturn, 1.44 billion km away

See the tiny blue dot there that’s the earth (not to be confused with dust on your screen).

From TheJournal.ie Humans might never have existed if it wasn't for falling meteorites Made Of Stars

Humans might never have existed if it wasn't for falling meteorites

A new study suggests that the phosphorus needed to kickstart organic life came to this planet on meteorites.

From TheJournal.ie 58 years after dying, Albert Einstein is still discovering planets (sort of) Still Got It

58 years after dying, Albert Einstein is still discovering planets (sort of)

Astronomers have found a planet 2,000 light years from Earth, using a technique first proposed by Einstein.

From TheJournal.ie Did you see a fireball blazing across Ireland on Wednesday night? Fireball

Did you see a fireball blazing across Ireland on Wednesday night?

Astronomy Ireland is gathering reports to try and figure out if the fireball might have landed on Irish soil.

From TheJournal.ie Comet visible in Irish skies tonight Eyes To The Sky

Comet visible in Irish skies tonight

Comet PANSTARRS will be seen next to the Andromeda Galaxy in the northwest.

From TheJournal.ie Astronomers reveal the smallest planet ever discovered by humans Astronomy

Astronomers reveal the smallest planet ever discovered by humans

Earth, meet your new baby cousin: Kepler 37b.

From TheJournal.ie NASA considering plan to drag an asteroid into lunar orbit Astronomy

NASA considering plan to drag an asteroid into lunar orbit

Researchers have confirmed to NewScientist that NASA is considering plans to put another natural satellite in orbit around our own.

From TheJournal.ie Don't miss: Tomorrow's the last full moon of 2012 Look Up

Don't miss: Tomorrow's the last full moon of 2012

It’s called an oak moon, don’t you know.

From TheJournal.ie 2012: The year in space exploration 2012 Review This post contains images

2012: The year in space exploration

Landing on Mars, meteor showers and fixing the space station with a toothbrush – it’s been quite a year.

From TheJournal.ie Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets: study Astronomy

Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets: study

Located 12 light years away, Tau Ceti has five planets that orbit it in a balmy zone which gives the best chance for nurturing life, astronomers say.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why it’s important to look at the stars – literally Opinion

Column: Why it’s important to look at the stars – literally

It’s good to be curious about a world outside our own, because being inquisitive in the past has gotten us where we are today, writes Conor Farrell.

From TheJournal.ie Geminid meteors to rain on Ireland tonight Meteors

Geminid meteors to rain on Ireland tonight

Stargazers will be able to see a shooting star per minute without the use of a telescope or binoculars.

From TheJournal.ie Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies at 89 RIP

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies at 89

British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore passed away peacefully at his West Sussex home earlier today, according to a family statement.

From TheJournal.ie View of the full moon and Jupiter from Samuel Beckett bridge Look Up

View of the full moon and Jupiter from Samuel Beckett bridge

No need for a telescope to see the moon and Jupiter next to each other in tonight’s sky…

From TheJournal.ie Astronomers get rare glimpse of icy, dwarf planet Space

Astronomers get rare glimpse of icy, dwarf planet

‘Makemake’ is one of five dwarf planets known to exist on the edge of our Solar System – but very little has been known about it until this point.

From TheJournal.ie Cheese! Mars Curiosity rover sends back its first high-resolution self-portrait Wish You Were Here

Cheese! Mars Curiosity rover sends back its first high-resolution self-portrait

Curiosity has used its ‘hand lens imager’ to take 55 photos of itself – and stitch them into one single giant image.

From TheJournal.ie Look out for a celestial spectacle in the skies tonight Look To The Skies

Look out for a celestial spectacle in the skies tonight

The Moon and Jupiter will line up spectacularly close together tonight, Astronomy Ireland has said.

From TheJournal.ie Did you see the meteor shower over Ireland last night? Fireballs This post contains images

Did you see the meteor shower over Ireland last night?

Fireballs were spotted in the night sky around Ireland last night…

From TheJournal.ie Blue moon to be visible tomorrow night Blue Moon

Blue moon to be visible tomorrow night

This month the universe has decided to throw in a second full moon for the price of one.

From TheJournal.ie Behold! Mankind’s first high-resolution photo from another planet Nextdoor

Behold! Mankind’s first high-resolution photo from another planet

NASA has released the first high-resolution photo from the Curiosity rover. This is how the neighbours live.