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Tail of Humpback Whale named Orion. Photograph: Dr Justin Judge, IWDG

A new individual humpback whale, nicknamed “Orion”, has been sighted for the first time in Irish waters, off the coast of Donegal. The humpback whale(...)

The name Sirius comes from the Greek “sparkling” or “scorching” and its brilliance does catch the eye, while another old designation translates as “of a thousand colours”.

On April 12th, 1961 – sixty years ago this month – we fulfilled a dream we had for millennia as Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human i(...)

Orion. Photograph: John Dolan

Two hundred and fifty years ago this month the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817) submitted the first draft of a catalogue that would guara(...)

The Pentagon warned earlier this month that Russian state-sponsored hackers were targeting a vulnerability that allowed them to access government networks. Photograph: iStock

The US has issued an emergency warning after it emerged that nation-state hackers had managed for several months to weaponise software used by almost (...)

James Lee Burke. Photograph: Frank Veronsky

THE Author discusses his southern roots, the challenges of the US class system and his time as a crime reporter  Spending time with James L(...)

Several lesser-spotted stars and planets should be visible in the skies this May. File image: iStock/Getty

Named for the fleet-footed messenger of the gods, the planet Mercury can be equally tricky to catch during its brief trips out of the sun’s glare. Thi(...)

There is an array of amazing sights to observe in the night sky at the moment. File photograph: Joseph Eid /AFP/Getty

The coronavirus lockdown has confined many of us to our homes and, if we are lucky, to our back gardens. While human nighttime activity has been seve(...)

A view of the city lights at the intersection of Europe and Asia as  the International Space Station orbits above, in March 2020. Photograph: Nasa handout/AFP via Getty Images

Earth may be in chaos, but the heavens remain as imperturbable as ever, and they will provide quite the show over the next week. The International S(...)

A view of Earth from the International Space Station on March 20th. Photograph: @Space_Station / Twitter

Skygazers will get more chances over the coming days to see the International Space Station (ISS) as it passes over Irish skies. Many were left disap(...)

Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a Nazi flag at a soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev in 2007. Photograph: Reuters

It was funny once. The perfectly square bit of dirt on the window. The shocked reactions of Craggy Island’s Chinese community. The local farmer who do(...)

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