Graphic representation of the Solar Orbiter in flight. Two Irish companies, Enbio and Captec, between them won €3.1 million in industrial contracts for Orbiter

The sun makes life on Earth possible but, despite this life-sustaining role, scientists know surprisingly little about our nearest star. The €1.35 bil(...)

Irish Water has stressed that the mains water for around 8,000 homes in Co Cavan is not safe to drink even after boiling. Photograph: Getty

Advice to around 8,000 households in Co Cavan not to drink mains water after elevated levels of manganese were found remains in place on Sunday. The(...)

    Prof Alex (Archie)Thompson (retired), Emeritus Professor Luke Drury, DIAS, Hillary O’Donnell (former technician) at the launch at Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies of the programme of events for July to mark the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Apollo 11 has a very special place in the history of Irish space research. Irish hands were among the first to take possession and evaluate moon rock (...)

Prof Peter Gallagher watches on as guest of honour astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell admires Lord Rosse’s tie – inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which drew inspiration from the galaxies discovered using the giant telescope at Birr Castle in the 19th century. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

The Low Frequency Array radio telescope at Birr Castle, known as I-LOFAR, has contributed significantly to international space research since it was i(...)

 Astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin poses next to the US flag on July 20th, 1969 on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Photograph:   NASA/Liaison

The world will soon salute the day a human first walked on the moon 50 years ago on July 20th, 1969. Many events will be held in Ireland to acknowledg(...)

The sun was used as an ‘all-natural laboratory’ in the team’s study of plasma. The sun, above Oceanside in California. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

New insights into how matter behaves in the extreme conditions of the Sun’s atmosphere have been discovered by a team of Irish and French scientists. (...)

The first ever photo of a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes, conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. Photograph: Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)/National Science Foundation/Reuters

The first close-up picture of a black hole taken deep in space was unveiled on Wednesday. The event was awe-inspiring for the world and immensely si(...)

A discovery made by scientists in Ireland provides fresh insight on how spectacular solar storms arise

A discovery made by scientists in Ireland provides fresh insight on how spectacular solar storms ariseand may soon enable more accurate forecasts of w(...)

Artist’s impression of “BepiColombo” spacecraft approaching Mercury. Photograph: Airbus2017/PA Wire.
How to get to Mercury

The third-ever mission to the planet Mercury is under way. BepiColombo was launched aboard the European Space Agency’s most powerful rocket, the Arian(...)

Irish researchers have discovered new evidence of how big disturbances in the atmosphere around the Sun, which is 150 million kilometres away, impact (...)

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