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#Astronomy

From TheJournal.ie "I nearly fell off my chair": Dublin man makes second supernova discovery Astronomy

"I nearly fell off my chair": Dublin man makes second supernova discovery

Amateur astronomer Dave Grennan has been called Ireland’s ‘premier supernova hunter’ after discovering two supernovae in just two years.

From TheJournal.ie VIDEO: NASA's Curiosity rover makes its landing on Mars Red Planet This post contains videos

VIDEO: NASA's Curiosity rover makes its landing on Mars

This video of Curiosity’s landing is humanity’s first recording of a touchdown on another planet.

The sun is rounder than we previously thought. No, really

A new two-year study – monitoring suspected changes in the star’s shape – reveal a more rounded sphere than expected.

From TheJournal.ie Meteors to rain down on Earth over coming week Astronomy

Meteors to rain down on Earth over coming week

Eyes to the sky, Astronomy Ireland are expecting a celestial firework show this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Hubble telescope spots fifth moon near Pluto Space

Hubble telescope spots fifth moon near Pluto

The irregular-shaped moon is less than 23 km wide, according to NASA. No wonder they never spotted it before now…

From TheJournal.ie CERN head scientist adds another date to Dublin visit this month Well Done Sir

CERN head scientist adds another date to Dublin visit this month

Just as team in Geneva make headway in ‘God particle’ search, their Director General will speak here on the work of the Large Hadron Collider.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why the world isn’t going to end – an astronomer reveals all Mythbusters

Explainer: Why the world isn’t going to end – an astronomer reveals all

Worried about solar flares? The Mayan calendar? The planet Nibiru? Astronomer Conor Farrell answers all your wildest questions.

From TheJournal.ie VIDEO: Venus passes in front of the sun for the last time before 2117 Transit Of Venus This post contains videos

VIDEO: Venus passes in front of the sun for the last time before 2117

The ‘Transit of Venus’ occurs in pairs, and won’t be seen again this century – but NASA, thankfully, took this video.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Monday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Monday

Your nightly round-up of the day’s biggest news stores…

From TheJournal.ie Ever seen a ‘super moon’? Well, you can this weekend… Super Moon

Ever seen a ‘super moon’? Well, you can this weekend…

… assuming it’s not cloudy. Ahem.

From TheJournal.ie Meteor shower will be visible from Ireland this weekend Celestial Fireworks

Meteor shower will be visible from Ireland this weekend

Earth is about to move into a cloud of dust and debris left by a comet – treating us to one of the best meteor showers this week.

From TheJournal.ie Mars Watch: Tonight's your chance to see the red planet Mars This post contains videos

Mars Watch: Tonight's your chance to see the red planet

Giant telescopes set up around country for public to use.

From TheJournal.ie Bright stars: What to see in the sky tonight Heavens Above

Bright stars: What to see in the sky tonight

Jupiter, Venus and a thin slice of crescent moon to be highly visible at 8.30pm.

From TheJournal.ie 'Double Planet' in the skies tonight, as Venus and Jupiter blaze together Planets This post contains videos

'Double Planet' in the skies tonight, as Venus and Jupiter blaze together

The brightest and second-brightest planets in the sky will come extremely close to one other tonight – and it will all be visible with the naked eye.

From TheJournal.ie Planets to align over Ireland after sunset tonight Night Skies

Planets to align over Ireland after sunset tonight

Keep an eye on the skies tonight as Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are set to align with the moon this evening.

There's a $5m lump of moon rock in a dump in Finglas

An astronomer tells the BBC that a piece of rock collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts is sitting in a dump in North Dublin.

Jupiter and Venus on view for Irish astronomers Planetwatch This post contains videos

Jupiter and Venus on view for Irish astronomers

Meanwhile, NASA has released its first footage of the far side of the Moon…

What do you mean you missed it? An asteroid just flew past Earth

An asteroid measuring 11m in diameter came five times closer than the moon at around 4pm – but that’s still 60,000km away.

€670m satellite to be named after Swords boy Adam, 10

Adam Vaughan is the Irish winner of a pan-European competition to have a new navigational satellite named after him.

From TheJournal.ie Mystery Moroccan rocks 'fell from Mars', say scientists Life On Mars

Mystery Moroccan rocks 'fell from Mars', say scientists

Chunks of meteorite found in Morocco in December, thought to have fallen in July, came from Mars millions of years ago.

From TheJournal.ie 'New Earth' found in distant solar system New Earth

'New Earth' found in distant solar system

Nasa has called the discovery of Kepler 22-b a “major milestone on the road to finding Earth’s twin”.

From TheJournal.ie The most habitable alien planets ranked Out Of This World

The most habitable alien planets ranked

The planets most likely to support life – human or otherwise – have been ranked by an international team of scientists… and there’s some good and bad news.

Astronomy Ireland lecture asks: what happens when the Sun dies? End Of The World This post contains videos

Astronomy Ireland lecture asks: what happens when the Sun dies?

Longing for a lecture on how your home planet is going to be consumed by a fiery ball of apocalyptic hell? Well, you’re in luck…

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Thursday Take 5

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Nobel Prize for physics awarded for focus on universe expansion Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize for physics awarded for focus on universe expansion

Three US scientists whose work changed views on the universe’s continual expansion have been awarded the prestigious prize.

From TheJournal.ie 'Steam bath' planet could support life, say astronomers New Neighbours?

'Steam bath' planet could support life, say astronomers

European astronomers announcing the discovery of 50 new planets say that one in particular is just inside the habitable zone.

From TheJournal.ie Meteor hunt begins after fireball lands 'on west of Ireland' Fireball

Meteor hunt begins after fireball lands 'on west of Ireland'

Anybody who finds fragments of the meteorite could make thousands of euro, experts say. So what are we looking for?

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Monday Take 5

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie WATCH: Physicists recreate the formation of the Milky Way A Star Is Born This post contains videos

WATCH: Physicists recreate the formation of the Milky Way

See that great big swirl there? That’s our home. An international team have used Swiss supercomputers to replay its creation.

From TheJournal.ie Meteorite hunt in the North while stargazers gather for cosmic 'Star-B-Q' Stargazing

Meteorite hunt in the North while stargazers gather for cosmic 'Star-B-Q'

Astronomy Ireland is gearing up to hold its annual stargazing event in Wicklow tonight, while the search is on for a space rock believed to have fallen to earth this week.

Stargazers find new planet made entirely of diamond Space Bling This post contains videos

Stargazers find new planet made entirely of diamond

The planet is five times the size of Earth – or even larger than Jennifer Lopez’s engagement ring.

From TheJournal.ie Watch out for shooting stars in the skies this weekend Meteor Shower This post contains videos

Watch out for shooting stars in the skies this weekend

The Perseid meteor shower will be visible in the skies above Ireland tonight and tomorrow night.

From TheJournal.ie Watch the skies for aurora borealis and shooting stars SKIES

Watch the skies for aurora borealis and shooting stars

Increased solar activity means visual treats for star-gazers, with meteor showers and even aurorae visible from Ireland.

Slideshow: Last night's lunar eclipse Lunar Eclipse This post contains images

Slideshow: Last night's lunar eclipse

The final lunar eclipse visible from Ireland until 2015 took place last night – with spectacular sights witnessed across the globe.

Friday the 13th: Lucky for lovers? Friday The 13th This post contains videos

Friday the 13th: Lucky for lovers?

The alignment of four planets will bring romance into our lives according to astrologers. Astronomers point out that, well, it’s just rather pretty to look at.

Earth set for near miss from asteroid - but greater danger ahead

An asteroid measuring around a quarter of a mile across will come closer than the moon on November 8, but it’s a tiny worry compared to what else lies in store…

From TheJournal.ie Written in the stars: why Easter is a moveable feast Astronomy

Written in the stars: why Easter is a moveable feast

Why the moon makes Easter a moveable feast – and why you should spend at least some part of today staring at the sun.

From TheJournal.ie Massive solar flare sends particles towards Earth Solar Flare

Massive solar flare sends particles towards Earth

Irish astronomers say we might be able to see light display in night sky as a result of ‘X-flare’.