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# Earth

Last month
August 2023
Nasa makes contact with spacecraft 19 billion kilometres away after wrong command tilted it from Earth
Project manager Suzanne Dodd said that the news had “buoyed our spirits”.
This year
Rainy weather on Earth interrupts livestream broadcast from Mars
The images that made it through showed about one-third of Mars as the spacecraft circled the planet.
Large asteroid to safely zoom between Earth and Moon this evening in once-in-a-decade event
Small asteroids fly past every day, but one of this size coming so close to Earth only happens around once every 10 years.
All time
Cork Airport has renamed its main runway - to keep up with Earth's magnetic poles
Small shifts in the Earth’s magnetic poles made the change essential.
Largest asteroid in over a century flies by Earth
Scientists had planned to study the asteroid up close when it passes.
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth tomorrow
Nasa has said there is no chance the asteroid will hit us, but it will be “a very close approach”.
Fossils point to life on Earth four billion years ago
Earth is thought to be about 4.57 billion years old.
Not even the deepest, darkest parts of the planet have escaped human pollution
A new study has found traces of pollution in the deepest oceans on the planets.
Days on Earth are getting longer (very, very slowly)
A new study says that Earth’s days are getting longer by around 1.8 milliseconds per century.
Scientists have found a new planet that bears an uncanny resemblance to Earth
Named Proxima b, the planet is in a temperate zone compatible with the presence of liquid water – a key ingredient for life.
Scientists find evidence of giant asteroid that would have triggered huge earthquakes and tsunamis
The asteroid hit Earth about 3.5 billion years ago.
Take a break and watch this stunning timelapse of Earth's horizon
It’s hump day – give yourself a little breather…
Scientists have come up with a cunning plan to hide the planet from aliens
An asteroid is going to swoop uncomfortably close to Earth
Before you panic: no, it’s not going to hit us — though it’s going to come tantalisingly close.
Quiz: Can you tell if these photos are from Mars or Earth?
Trickier than you might imagine.
What would happen if the sun disappeared right now?
It wouldn’t be the best thing that could happen.
We’re playing God with the lives of the poorest people on Earth
When it comes to climate change, we can’t blame ‘Acts of God’ for destroying our planet. We can only blame ourselves.
This is the first full photo of earth taken in 43 years
And it’s pretty impressive.
Look up - a bunch of astronauts are about to float over Ireland
The International Space Station will be visable in our skies for the next five nights.
There will be six astronauts flying over our heads tonight, so look up
The International Space Station can be seen in Irish skies tonight and tomorrow.
An asteroid the size of a mountain is passing us by right now
Don’t worry, it won’t crash into us.
This is what the most Earth-like planet ever discovered looks like
It’s chance of being habitable? “Promising.”
These women were meant to be the first astronauts - but were left on Earth
Many of the women finalists scored higher in training than their male counterparts.
This guy gets to film polar bears for a living (and one tried to attack him)
Meet Gordon Buchanan.
A huge comet that's as solid as a pile of talcum powder just buzzed by Mars
The comet, known as Siding Spring, whizzed past Mars yesterday. Three NASA spacecraft had to take shelter behind the Red Planet as the close encounter took place.
Asteroid hunting probe to travel four years to potato-shaped space rock
Hayabusa-2 will be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage.
Patents and skyscrapers...what makes these 18 cities the most innovative places on Earth
These cities are commended for thinking outside the box of industry, design and urban planning.
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity breaks off-world driving record
The ten-year old rover managed to travel 40.24km since it landed on Mars in 2004, beating the record originally set back in 1973.
Turns out Earth survived near-miss from a solar storm back in 2012
Modern civilization could have been “knocked back to the 18th century.”
Ancient Earth-sized 'diamond' discovered in space
Coldest, dimmest white dwarf ever detected has been located in space about 900 light-years from Earth.
So we all know today is the longest day of the year. But exactly how long?
Technically the darkest it gets is very dark twilight.
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?
Watch: This is what it looks like to be blasted into space on the side of a rocket
For a securely fastened camera that is.
ESA set to launch new earth monitoring satellite into orbit later today
The Sentinel-1A satellite is a polar-orbiting, all-weather, day and night radar imaging satellite which will be used for land and ocean services.
Column: Why is Pluto not a planet?
Most of us grew up learning that there were nine planets in the Solar System. But why did Pluto get demoted? Conor Farrell explains how our understanding of the icy body changed.
Awe-inspiring video of Earth from space will put your day in perspective
Simply breathtaking.
Urban beauties: Incredible view of cities from space
The European Space Agency’s Envistat and other satellites have captured manmade features from above.
European space mission to explore strange changes in Earth’s magnetism
The European Space Agency is preparing to launch three hi-tech satellites this Friday.
Debunked: Does Earth's distance from the Sun cause our seasons?
The thinking that the further away we are the colder it gets isn’t right. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
Final Frontier: NASA's Voyager departs the solar system for deep space
The Voyager 1 probe was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets. It will continue to drift across the galaxy, carrying discs of greetings from planet Earth