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Artist’s impression showing how J043947.08+163415.7 may look close up. Photograph: ESA/Hubble/Nasa/M Kornmesser/PA Wire

The Hubble telescope has discovered the brightest quasar ever seen in the early universe. The quasar has the brightness of about 600 trillion suns. A(...)

In the shadow of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the Black Valley.  Photograph: Tom Fahy

The newly named Reeks District of Kerry has made it on to the Rough Guide list of top places to visit in 2019, joining a Chinese region known for its (...)

The first  images of Ultima Thule, taken with different cameras. Photograph: Nasa/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Handout via Reuters

The first high-resolution images of a 35km-tall snowman-shaped object that lies one billion miles beyond Pluto have been released by Nasa. The photog(...)

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern gives a high five to Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman after the team received signals from the spacecraft that it is intact. Photograph: EPA

Nasa scientists were celebrating after a spacecraft “phoned home” to confirm it had successfully performed the most distant space flyby in history in (...)

Earthscape: Our planet, as never seen before Christmas Eve, 1968

On Christmas Eve 1968, 50 years ago, one of the most famous photographs in history was taken. Earthrise depicted our planet as it had never been see(...)

 The White House said US president Donald Trump did not go to Florida on Friday as planned for the Christmas holiday. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The US government has partially shut down after Democrats refused to meet president Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his Mexica(...)

Stocking filler? Clay ‘caganer’  figures representing Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin on sale in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Albert Gea / Reuters

Image of the week: Nativity interlopers “All I want for Christmas is a clay figure of Vladimir Putin with his arse hanging out” is not quite the lyri(...)

Delegates at the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, last week.  Photograph: Marek Zimny/EPA

Scientists warning about the dangers of climate change are creating a sense of “planetary emergency without giving rigorous scientific reasons”, a wel(...)

If you have used Uber lately, listened to digital music from Sony or even attended a National Gallery of London exhibition, there’s a good chance that(...)

Nasa’s InSight lander on the surface of Mars. Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/via Reuters

The latest automated lander to reach the surface of Mars set up camp last week on the surface of Mars and is already at work. InSight has sent back pi(...)

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