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How ancient cultures explained comets and meteors

How ancient cultures explained comets and meteors IgorZh/Shutterstock Eve MacDonald, Cardiff University Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often…

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Piercing the mystery of the cosmic origins of gold

Piercing the mystery of the cosmic origins of gold Twinkle, twinkle, little star… Prawny/Pixabay Jérôme Margueron, University of Washington Where does gold, the precious metal coveted by mortals through the ages, come from? How, where and when was it produced? Last August, a single astrophysical observation finally gave us the…

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A guide to meteor showers – what to look out for and when

A guide to meteor showers – what to look out for and when Blink and you’ll miss it – until the next one. Channone Arif/Flickr, CC BY Mark Gallaway, University of Hertfordshire It has happened to most of us: walking home late at night under clear skies you catch a…

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Here’s the blueprint for a global fireball observatory – and why we need one

Here’s the blueprint for a global fireball observatory – and why we need one Luke Daly, University of Glasgow; Gareth Collins, Imperial College London, and Martin Suttle, Imperial College London Bright shooting stars are one of nature’s great wonders. Like the one in the main image, which was visible from…

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Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode?

Curious Kids: What’s going to happen to the Sun in the future? Will it explode? The Sun is currently middle-aged, having celebrated its 4,568,000,000th birthday at some point in the last million years. Flickr/ChopWood CarryWater, CC BY-SA Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland This is an article from Curious Kids,…

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