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Nasa Perseverance rover to land on Mars in search of life

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Spacecraft will descend on red planet carrying helicopter and instruments to look for biosignatures

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Three scientists share Nobel prize in physics for work on black holes

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Three scientists have won the 2020 Nobel prize in physics for their work on black hole formation and the discovery of a supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.

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Rock from Mars heads home after 600,000 year odyssey across space

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Tiny piece of meteorite from London’s Natural History Museum will be used by rover exploring red planet

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Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal

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Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet as it means any evidence is likely to be buried deep underground

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Black holes may merge with light of a trillion suns, scientists say

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When black holes collide, the ensuing cosmic drama was assumed to play out under the cloak of darkness, given that both objects are invisible. But now astronomers believe they have made the first optical observations of such a merger, marked by a blaze of light a trillion times brighter than the sun.

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Black hole found 1,000 light years from Earth

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Object found in HR 6819 system is the closest to Earth yet known – and is unusually dark

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Scientists capture image of black hole emitting high-energy jets

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he image shows the black hole jet. Photograph: Boston University Blazar Program

Detailed image taken by Event Horizon Telescope of black hole 5bn light years away

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Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected left huge dent in space

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Galaxy clusters are among the largest structures in the universe, containing thousands of individual galaxies, dark matter and hot gas. At the heart of the Ophiuchus cluster there is a large galaxy that contains a supermassive black hole with a mass equivalent to 10 millions suns.

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Solar Orbiter spacecraft will capture the sun’s north and south poles

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The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, a joint Nasa and European Space Agency (ESA) mission, is set to be launched from Cape Canaveral just after 4am UK time on Monday morning, and will reach its vantage point above the planetary plane by the end of 2021.

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Telescope captures most detailed pictures yet of the sun

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First observations from Inouye telescope bring previously hazy star into sharp focus.
The striking images reveal a surprising level of structure hidden within the churning plasma exterior, bringing a previously hazy impression of the sun’s patchwork surface sharply into focus for the first time.

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