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# astronomy - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

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?

# astronomy - Thursday 10 April, 2014

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.

# astronomy - Friday 21 March, 2014

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.

# astronomy - Monday 10 March, 2014

An 'extremely bright' fireball was spotted over Ireland

If you did, you weren’t alone.

# astronomy - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

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.

# astronomy - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

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.

# astronomy - Monday 27 January, 2014

Astro-tourism: Kerry designated as stargazing reserve

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

# astronomy - Sunday 12 January, 2014

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.

# astronomy - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

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.

# astronomy - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

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.

# astronomy - Wednesday 25 December, 2013

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?

# astronomy - Saturday 14 December, 2013

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.

# astronomy - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Sun-grazing comet likely to have broken up

Comet ISON was apparently no match for the sun.

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.

# astronomy - Monday 25 November, 2013

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.

# astronomy - Monday 28 October, 2013

The best astronomy apps for amateur stargazers

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

# astronomy - Monday 12 August, 2013

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.

# astronomy - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

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).

# astronomy - Sunday 9 June, 2013

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.

# astronomy - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

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.

# astronomy - Friday 24 May, 2013

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.

# astronomy - Friday 5 April, 2013

Comet visible in Irish skies tonight

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

# astronomy - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Astronomers reveal the smallest planet ever discovered by humans

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

# astronomy - Thursday 3 January, 2013

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.

# astronomy - Thursday 27 December, 2012

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

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

# astronomy - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Saturday 15 December, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Thursday 13 December, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Sunday 9 December, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

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…

# astronomy - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Monday 5 November, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Friday 5 October, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Saturday 22 September, 2012

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…

# astronomy - Thursday 30 August, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Tuesday 28 August, 2012

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.

"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.

# astronomy - Friday 24 August, 2012

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.

# astronomy - Monday 20 August, 2012

From The Daily Edge The sun is rounder than we previously thought. No, really Not Satire

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.

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