NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: People gather to view the solar eclipse at the Empire State Building on April 08, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

Millions pause to see rare eclipse

About 180 million North Americans stopped what they were doing and looked skyward as the shadow of the moon blocked out the sun in a rare solar eclipse lasting an hour-and-a-half

KIDS NEWS 2024: A view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarised light, Wednesday 27 March 2024. Picture: EHT Collaboration
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of our Milky Way black hole released in 2022, has captured a new view of the massive object at the centre of our Galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of Sagittarius A*. This image shows the polarised view of the Milky Way black hole. The lines overlaid on this image mark the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole.

New view of Milky Way monster

The twisted spiral pattern around the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, newly observed by astronomers, reveals new qualities of the hugely powerful object lurking at the centre of our galaxy

18/11/2010 WIRE: NOTE: All information about this discovery is EMBARGOED until 2PM ET on Thursday 18 November 2010 TO GO WITH AFP STORY US-SPACE-ASTRONOMY-EUROPE-GERMANY-CHILE This artist?s impression shows HIP 13044 b, an exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our galaxy, the Milky Way, from another galaxy. European astronomers say they have discovered the first planet that comes from a galaxy outside the Milky Way, according to research released November 18, 2010 in the United States. The exoplanet is slightly larger than the size of Jupiter, the gaseous planet that is the largest in our solar system, and is orbiting a star 2,000 light years from Earth that has found its way into the Milky Way. The pair are believed to be part of the Helmi stream, a group of stars that remains after its mini-galaxy was devoured by the Milky Way some six to nine billion years ago, said the study in Science Express. AFP PHOTO/ESO/L. Cal?ada/RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Stars snack on planets in space

The uneven composition of twin stars in the Milky Way suggests not all planetary systems are as stable as our own, with a new study concluding that some planets end up as dinner to the stars

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KIDS NEWS 2024: March 11 story, how do animals behave during an eclipse. Picture: iStock

How do animals behave in an eclipse?

Residents at a US zoo are in the spotlight as scientists plan to closely study how the animals respond to solar eclipses when the next day of darkness rolls across the country next month

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New UFO report lands

Results of a Pentagon report have been released after analysis into whether there were secret government studies into UFOs and if reported alien sightings over the past 80 years were credible

Starlink Satellite Train spotted in Victoria. Picture: Facebook.

Musk’s ‘light’ train in Oz night sky

Aussie stargazers were in for a treat as the Starlink satellite train made its way across Victorian skies over the weekend, with other states set to view the spectacle in the coming days

This image obtained on February 26, 2024 courtesy of Intuitive Machines, shows Intuitive Machines' Odysseus lunar lander approximately 35 seconds after pitching over during its approach to the landing site. The camera is on the starboard aft-side of the lander in this phase. The first American spaceship to the Moon since the Apollo era is probably lying sideways following its dramatic landing, the company that built it said February 23, even as ground controllers work to download data and surface photos from the uncrewed robot. (Photo by Handout / Intuitive Machines / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INTUITIVE MACHINES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Odysseus moon mission cut short

The first ever privately owned spacecraft put the US back on the moon for the first time in 52 years – but the lunar lander is set to stop working ahead of schedule after it came to rest on its side

KIDS NEWS 2024: February 20 . This artist's impression shows the record-breaking quasar J059-4351, the bright core of a distant galaxy that is powered by a supermassive black hole. 
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, this quasar has been found to be the most luminous object known in the universe to date. The supermassive black hole, seen here pulling in surrounding matter, has a mass 17 billion times that of the Sun and is growing in mass by the equivalent of another Sun per day, making it the fastest-growing black hole ever known. Picture: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

‘Cosmic hurricane’ has black hole heart

Shining 500 trillion times brighter than our sun, a newly identified quasar as old as the origins of the known universe is chomping through the equivalent of 370 suns a year, an Aussie-led team says

A view of spiral galaxy NGC 628 taken from the James Webb Space Telescope. Picture: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Janice Lee (STScI), Thomas Williams (Oxford), and the PHANGS team

Rare glimpse into birth of stars

Groundbreaking images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope have given scientists a never-before-seen view of our closest galaxies, offering fresh views into the way stars are formed

This undated handout obtained on November 2, 2023 from the European Space Agency ESA shows an alternative crop of astronomical image of a Horsehead Nebula taken during ESA's Euclid space mission, which is built and operated by the European Space Agency ESA and with contributions from NASA. The first images from Europe's Euclid space telescope were released on November 7, showing a nebula resembling a horse's head, never-before-seen distant galaxies and even "circumstantial evidence" of elusive dark matter. Euclid blasted off in July on the world's first-ever mission aiming to investigate the enduring cosmic mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. It will do so partly by charting one third of the sky -- encompassing a mind-boggling two billion galaxies -- to create what has been billed as the most accurate 3D map of the universe ever. (Photo by HANDOUT / ESA/Euclid/Euclid Consortium/NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ESA/EUCLID/EUCLID CONSORTIUM/NASA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Euclid space shots stun Earthlings

Mind-boggling images of unknown galaxies and the Horsehead Nebula have been captured by the Euclid space telescope as the hi-tech instrument travels around the sun in the pursuit of science

FIREBALL: The Orionid meteor shower will provide a light show later this month.
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Orionid meteor shower to dazzle

Get set, stargazers, as the Orionid meteor shower is expected to reach peak visibility Down Under after midnight on Saturday in a week that will be remembered as a mega meteor mash up