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This week sees the peak of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year – the Perseids. Look northeast after 11pm on the nights of August 11th and 12th. File photograph: S. Guisard/ESO/PA Wire

This week sees the peak of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. Look northeast after 11pm on the nights of August 11th and 12th, and chan(...)

The comet Neowise will be closest to Earth on July 23rd at a distance of 103 million kilometres. Image: John Flannery

The brightest comet since Hale-Bopp a quarter century ago will blaze through Irish skies for the rest of the month. Neowise is clearly visible even (...)

The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter become well placed for viewing this month. File photograph: Getty Images

There is a moment in Kim Stanley Robinson’s book Galileo’s Dream when a mysterious stranger prompts the title character to turn his newly acquired spy(...)

A view of noctilucent cloud. Photograph: Martin McKenna

The solstice on June 20th marks the longest day of the year, but this month is also when we have the briefest nights. The lingering twilight from our (...)

The last supermoon of the year, the flower moon, will be visible in Irish skies on Thursday and Friday night. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The last supermoon of the year will be visible in Irish skies on Thursday and Friday night. The supermoon is expected to be visible at 9.15pm on Thurs(...)

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(...)

 Tracey Kennedy, chairperson Cork County Board, with Kevin Fahive, Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy and Tom Clancy at the launch of the  jersey to commemorate former lord mayors Tomás MacCurtain and Terence McSwiney. Photograph: Jim Coughlan

In what promises to be a busy year of commemoration for the GAA, local projects are in the news with Cork GAA on Thursday night launching the commemor(...)

Shares of GE, which has a debt of more than $100 billion, have fallen more than 80 per cent from their peak in August 2000. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Shares of General Electric surged 15 per cent on Monday after the industrial conglomerate said it would sell its biopharma business to Danaher for $21(...)

Former GE CEO John Flannery had called the Alstom deal “very disappointing” and admitted in June the target of creating 1,000 jobs was “out of reach”. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

General Electric will pay the French government €50 million after creating just 25 out of a promised 1,000 jobs in the country following its takeover (...)

Workers install scaffolding around a gas turbine at a General Electric factory in Greenville, South Carolina.

General Electric has paid more than $6 billion (€5.1 billion) in fees to Wall Street banks since the turn of the century, even as its market value has(...)

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