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# space - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Celebrations as NASA spacecraft successfully passes by oldest cosmic body ever studied
# New Horizons
# New Horizons

Celebrations as NASA spacecraft successfully passes by oldest cosmic body ever studied

Jan 1st 2019, 10:48 AM 20,846 Views 34 Comments

The cosmic object – known as Ultima Thule – is about the size of the US capital, Washington, and orbits in the Kuiper Belt about a billion miles beyond Pluto.

# space - Friday 28 December, 2018

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft closing in on most distant world ever studied
# New Horizons
# New Horizons

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft closing in on most distant world ever studied

Dec 28th 2018, 7:08 PM 21,216 Views 17 Comments

The spacecraft’s closest approach to the cosmic object, known as Ultima Thule, comes 1 January at 5.33am.

# space - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Saturn is losing its rings at the 'worst-case scenario' rate
# Research
# Research

Saturn is losing its rings at the 'worst-case scenario' rate

Dec 18th 2018, 12:42 PM 49,957 Views 43 Comments

The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn’s magnetic field.

# space - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time
# VSS Unity
# VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time

Dec 13th 2018, 10:55 PM 23,029 Views 35 Comments

“This is a momentous day and I could not be more proud of our teams,” Richard Branson said.

# space - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Nasa's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space 41 years after launch
# Interstellar
# Interstellar

Nasa's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space 41 years after launch

Dec 11th 2018, 10:08 AM 50,805 Views 70 Comments

Voyager 2 is now more than 18 billion kilometres from Earth.

# space - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Here are the first photos of Mars from the InSight explorer
# Mars
# Mars

Here are the first photos of Mars from the InSight explorer

Nov 27th 2018, 9:31 AM 66,265 Views 78 Comments

A lovely sight this grim morning.

# space - Sunday 21 October, 2018

Quiz: How much do you know about the moon?
# Out Of This World
# Out Of This World

Quiz: How much do you know about the moon?

Oct 21st 2018, 9:00 PM 46,635 Views 61 Comments

This quiz is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind*.

# space - Saturday 20 October, 2018

Mission to discover the mysteries of Mercury blasts off
# Space Exploration
# Space Exploration

Mission to discover the mysteries of Mercury blasts off

Oct 20th 2018, 2:32 PM 7,493 Views 40 Comments

The BepiColombo blasted off from French Guiana earlier today.

# space - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'Thank God they're alive': Crew of Soyuz rocket safe after emergency landing
# International Space Station
# International Space Station

'Thank God they're alive': Crew of Soyuz rocket safe after emergency landing

Oct 11th 2018, 11:04 AM 15,774 Views 57 Comments

The rocket landed in Kazakhstan.

# space - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

Irish-produced documentary about Voyager space programme wins Emmy award
# The Farthest
# The Farthest

Irish-produced documentary about Voyager space programme wins Emmy award

Oct 2nd 2018, 10:47 AM 11,313 Views 23 Comments

The American awards recognise excellence in the television industry.

# space - Friday 24 August, 2018

A Nasa spacecraft that will land on an asteroid and take a sample has just glimpsed its target
# In Sight
# In Sight

A Nasa spacecraft that will land on an asteroid and take a sample has just glimpsed its target

Aug 24th 2018, 10:30 PM 14,337 Views 29 Comments

The asteroid named Bennu is about the size of a mountain.

# space - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on schedule
# SpaceX
# SpaceX

SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on schedule

Aug 14th 2018, 7:49 AM 9,391 Views 9 Comments

On 3 August the agency named the first nine astronauts who will fly to space on Boeing and SpaceX vehicles in 2019.

# space - Thursday 9 August, 2018

Space Force to be a branch of US military and will prepare for 'next battlefield'
# Guns In Space
# Guns In Space

Space Force to be a branch of US military and will prepare for 'next battlefield'

Aug 9th 2018, 6:12 PM 18,866 Views 105 Comments

Nasa, by comparison, is an independent and civilian branch of government.

# space - Friday 27 July, 2018

Tonight's blood moon is the longest of the 21st century - here's when you can see it best
# The Bloodening
# The Bloodening

Tonight's blood moon is the longest of the 21st century - here's when you can see it best

Jul 27th 2018, 9:29 AM 135,809 Views 25 Comments

The lunar eclipse coincides with a close passing of Mars in tonight’s sky.

# space - Tuesday 17 July, 2018

'Oddball' among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter
# Discovery
# Discovery

'Oddball' among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter

Jul 17th 2018, 9:16 PM 14,411 Views 11 Comments

The Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered the first four of Jupiter’s moons in 1610.

# space - Saturday 14 July, 2018

The first space tourist flights could happen over the next year
# Space Tourism
# Space Tourism

The first space tourist flights could happen over the next year

Jul 14th 2018, 6:30 PM 11,801 Views 16 Comments

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are racing to be the first to finish their tests.

# space - Saturday 30 June, 2018

Japanese rocket crashes and explodes shortly after take off
# Interstellar Technologies
# Interstellar Technologies

Japanese rocket crashes and explodes shortly after take off

Jun 30th 2018, 1:46 PM 16,605 Views 11 Comments

No injuries were reported in the spectacular explosion.

# space - Sunday 13 May, 2018

Meet the 'secretive' Limerick man who's quietly putting eyes on spacecraft and cars
# Arralis
# Arralis

Meet the 'secretive' Limerick man who's quietly putting eyes on spacecraft and cars

May 13th 2018, 9:30 PM 28,402 Views 8 Comments

Arralis CEO Barry Lunn is working towards the motoring industry’s ‘iPhone moment’.

# space - Saturday 5 May, 2018

'It's like standing inside the yellow line when a train goes past' - Why cyclists want a bit of space
# Gimme Space
# Gimme Space

'It's like standing inside the yellow line when a train goes past' - Why cyclists want a bit of space

May 5th 2018, 8:30 AM 14,268 Views 200 Comments

Motorists are being asked to give cyclists space this weekend.

# space - Sunday 29 April, 2018

Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age, new study finds
# Astronomy
# Astronomy

Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age, new study finds

Apr 29th 2018, 7:45 AM 7,469 Views 11 Comments

“This is the first time we’ve shown shape and age are related for all kinds of galaxies.”

# space - Monday 9 April, 2018

Irish scientists will help build the world's most powerful and expensive telescope
# Out Of This World
# Out Of This World

Irish scientists will help build the world's most powerful and expensive telescope

Apr 9th 2018, 2:28 PM 10,047 Views 53 Comments

The new telescope will be 10 times more powerful than the Hubble telescope and help us observe the first stars in the universe.

# space - Wednesday 4 April, 2018

SpaceX capsule reaches space station with food and experiments
# Dragon
# Dragon

SpaceX capsule reaches space station with food and experiments

Apr 4th 2018, 5:57 PM 12,377 Views 33 Comments

The supply capsule launched on Monday from Florida.

# space - Monday 2 April, 2018

Defunct Chinese space station plunges back to Earth over South Pacific
# Tiangong-1
# Tiangong-1

Defunct Chinese space station plunges back to Earth over South Pacific

Apr 2nd 2018, 7:48 AM 18,269 Views 10 Comments

The remote location of its landing made it difficult for stargazers to witness the event.

# space - Friday 30 March, 2018

Astronomers find the 'impossible': A galaxy without dark matter
# Omg Moment
# Omg Moment

Astronomers find the 'impossible': A galaxy without dark matter

Mar 30th 2018, 11:59 AM 33,958 Views 87 Comments

The discovery could revise or even upend theories of how galaxies are formed.

# space - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Debris from space station hurtling towards Earth not expected to hit populated areas
# Do Not Panic
# Do Not Panic

Debris from space station hurtling towards Earth not expected to hit populated areas

Mar 27th 2018, 8:45 PM 22,551 Views 33 Comments

One expert said the odds of being struck by space debris are 10 million times less likely than getting hit by lightening.

# space - Friday 23 February, 2018

Buying sex has been illegal in Ireland for one year but 'very little' has changed
# Prostitution
# Prostitution

Buying sex has been illegal in Ireland for one year but 'very little' has changed

Feb 23rd 2018, 6:01 AM 60,712 Views 203 Comments

Supporters and detractors of the new law have spoken of their frustration over the new bill.

# space - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Japanese astronaut apologises after saying he'd grown 9cm while in space
# To Boldly Grow
# To Boldly Grow

Japanese astronaut apologises after saying he'd grown 9cm while in space

Jan 10th 2018, 2:45 PM 28,888 Views 26 Comments

His Russian captain suspected that 9cm was “too much elongation”. He was right.

# space - Sunday 7 January, 2018

We're one step closer to understanding the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
# Tabby's Star
# Tabby's Star

We're one step closer to understanding the 'most mysterious star in the universe'

Jan 7th 2018, 7:45 AM 25,923 Views 29 Comments

Tabby’s Star has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other for years.

# space - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

Pics: Here's how the first supermoon of the year looked around the world last night
# Star Gazing
# Star Gazing

Pics: Here's how the first supermoon of the year looked around the world last night

Jan 2nd 2018, 9:29 AM 14,752 Views 6 Comments

Did you see it?

# space - Sunday 31 December, 2017

Someone sent a kebab into space, and it's strangely majestic
# It's... Beautiful
From The Daily Edge
# It's... Beautiful

Someone sent a kebab into space, and it's strangely majestic

Dec 31st 2017, 2:15 PM 3,648 Views 2 Comments

One small step for kebab, one giant leap for kebab-kind.

# space - Friday 22 December, 2017

Bruce McCandless, the first astronaut to fly untethered in space, has died
# RIP
# RIP

Bruce McCandless, the first astronaut to fly untethered in space, has died

Dec 22nd 2017, 10:19 PM 19,329 Views 21 Comments

He was famously photographed in 1984 flying with a hefty spacewalker’s jetpack.

# space - Monday 11 December, 2017

Trump signs order to send astronauts to the moon, to Mars and 'perhaps many worlds beyond'
# To Boldly Go
# To Boldly Go

Trump signs order to send astronauts to the moon, to Mars and 'perhaps many worlds beyond'

Dec 11th 2017, 9:33 PM 19,313 Views 128 Comments

Budget issues have curtailed similar efforts by other Republican presidents.

# space - Monday 4 December, 2017

The supermoon had people staring wide-eyed at the heavens last night
# Stargazing
# Stargazing

The supermoon had people staring wide-eyed at the heavens last night

Dec 4th 2017, 8:48 AM 20,925 Views 20 Comments

Some cloud hampered things for Irish stargazers.

# space - Sunday 26 November, 2017

Ireland's first ever satellite could blast off as early as 2019 (and it might even have a little flag)
# Eirsat-1
# Eirsat-1

Ireland's first ever satellite could blast off as early as 2019 (and it might even have a little flag)

Nov 26th 2017, 10:01 PM 25,480 Views 55 Comments

Eirsat-1 will hitch a ride to the ISS before it’s released into space.

# space - Monday 25 September, 2017

There's a European plan to have 100 people living on the Moon by 2040
# Fly Me To The Moon
# Fly Me To The Moon

There's a European plan to have 100 people living on the Moon by 2040

Sep 25th 2017, 6:05 AM 10,664 Views 74 Comments

The European Space Agency says it needs political backing.

# space - Saturday 16 September, 2017

Quiz: How much do you know about space exploration?
# Houston We Have A...
# Houston We Have A...

Quiz: How much do you know about space exploration?

Sep 16th 2017, 9:00 PM 19,046 Views 59 Comments

Can you blast off?

# space - Friday 8 September, 2017

Keep watch - the Northern Lights could be on display in Ireland's skies this weekend
# Rare Occurrence
# Rare Occurrence

Keep watch - the Northern Lights could be on display in Ireland's skies this weekend

Sep 8th 2017, 10:58 AM 52,051 Views 60 Comments

That’s according to Astronomy Ireland.

# space - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

An Irish documentary tells the incredible story of the Voyager spacecraft
# The Farthest
# The Farthest

An Irish documentary tells the incredible story of the Voyager spacecraft

Sep 5th 2017, 11:20 AM 34,519 Views 32 Comments

We talked to the film’s director, Emer Reynolds.

# space - Sunday 3 September, 2017

Pictures: After 9 months in space, record-breaking astronaut returns to Earth
# Peggy Whitson
# Peggy Whitson

Pictures: After 9 months in space, record-breaking astronaut returns to Earth

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:57 AM 13,124 Views 7 Comments

Peggy and two of her colleagues landed in Kazakhstan this morning.

# space - Friday 1 September, 2017

Largest asteroid in over a century flies by Earth
# Close One
# Close One

Largest asteroid in over a century flies by Earth

Sep 1st 2017, 9:32 PM 27,038 Views 71 Comments

Scientists had planned to study the asteroid up close when it passes.