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MAORY (Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics RelaY) will help compensate for the distortion of light caused by turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere, which makes astronomical images blurry

The world’s largest telescope – the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) – is under construction in Chile. When it captures its “first light”, sometime in (...)

The assembly line that produces both the electric vehicle Renault Zoe and the hybrid vehicle Nissan Micra at Flins-sur-Seine, the largest Renault production site in France.  Photograph:  Martin Bureay/AFP/Getty

It does seem to be working. The move towards electric motoring does seem to be taking root, and indeed sprouting, in the minds of Irish car buyers. It(...)

Christina Park with her two boys, Cathal and Oisín Whelan.

Unable to leave their holiday apartment in Peru, following a national lockdown order, Christina Park, her husband and their two boys have, nevertheles(...)

Beaghmore Stone Circles in Co Tyrone, a few miles northwest of Cookstown. Photograph: Ken Williams

Less than 100 years ago, dark skies dominated Ireland. For millennia, the stars guided farmers and helped form our earliest mythologies, while the cyc(...)

Co Tipperary sisters Heather and Gemma Gordon after completing the Atacama Crossing, one of the world’s toughest endurance races, in which competitors battle against brutal desert climate at altitudes that average 8,000ft

The Atacama Crossing is a gruelling week-long, 250km race over the driest place on Earth. Known as one of the world’s toughest endurance races, compet(...)

The Dotonbori neighborhood, Osaka, Japan. Photograph: Lauryn Ishak for The New York Times

The job of a lifetime is up for grabs – though if you’re interested, you’ll be fending off competition from travel lovers around the world. The New Y(...)

Students Oian MacMichael (left) and Luis Alberto Canizares walk through the I-LOFAR  in the grounds of Birr Castle in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Birr Castle’s status as a world-class place for astronomy research has been restored with the opening of the Irish Low Frequency Array Radio Telescope(...)

This orange blob shows the Betelgeuse star which has a radius about  1,400 times larger than the sun’s

An international team of scientists led by an Irish astronomer has made the most detailed image of the surface of a star other than the sun. The achie(...)

Furuzamani Beach, Zamami Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
52 Places to Go in 2017
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  • January 11, 2017, 12:30

1. Canada: A world to explore. Canada has cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. Canada is huge — the s(...)

This artist rendering provided by the European Southern Observatory shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Photograph: European Southern Observatory/AP

Ireland has opened talks to become part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the international organisation that runs the biggest telescopes in(...)

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