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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(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

US stocks remained on an unsteady footing as the bout of volatility that’s gripped global financial markets persisted amid signs that the rise in tre(...)

Duran Duran playing  the main stage at Electric Picnic on Sunday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

And lo, the rains came. At 3am yesterday, The Irish Times (I think I can speak for the whole paper) trudges tipsily and sunburnt through storm and mud(...)

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(...)

Smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.  Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

US special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday. Government (...)

A Child of Books, by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, celebrates the joy of reading and has the feel of a classic

While adult readers are more likely to pack a Kindle in their holiday suitcase than a stack of books, younger audiences have proved more resistant to (...)

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