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How hard will it be to measure Planet Nine?

First, find it, which is hard. Second, see if it occludes stars, which is really, really hard

SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

Pics And put a sat in orbit without any explosions. Yawn

How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

Russian puzzler soothes brain after traumatic events

ESA picks final two ExoMars landing site candidates

Welsh corner of Mars makes the final list, along with once-wet Oxia Planum

Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

First time star formation seen in such extreme conditions

Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

Actual fluffy things in the sky found by digicam-wielding masses, but hosted in AWS

Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

AI isn't ready to find planet beyond Kuiper Belt. So you - yes you - have the chance to scour thousands of images

Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

The space boom is lifting off and there's only so many places close to the equator with heavy industry and stable government

DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

Red alert: Science mixed with marketing detected

Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

Pic Yeah, we're talking hundreds of light years

Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

Video Groove breakthrough prevents shameful leakage

Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

Move along, nothing to see here, says NASA. It's just Sol cycling as usual

Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

Pic Mawhrin-Skel to ride again?

NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

You may be struggling with crappy broadband – but future astronauts will be able to easily Netflix and chill in orbit

TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

Sorry, ET fans: these aren't the exoplanets you're looking for

Now THAT'S a landslide victory: Astroboffins snap avalanche on a comet in science first

Pics Plus: Rubber-ducky rock may split in half one day

Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

This is the stuff that binds Quarks together

Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

Podule returns home after grim experiment leaves 40 dead

US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

Vid An armored station with enough power to destroy an entire... drone

A big day for the ESA: Sentinel snaps and ExoMars brakes

That's snaps as in uses cameras and brakes as in slows down

60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

Nuke boffins mine recently-declassified films of atmospheric tests for new insights

NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

And SpaceX will be happy

Van Allen surprise: fewer nasty particles than NASA expected

Video Spacecraft might need lighter rad-shields, which means more payload!

SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

Old monopoly crumbles as competition is introduced

Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

Study could explain how star systems go from amorphous blobs to beautiful spirals

Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won't protect teens

Probably better to, erm, talk to them and do some parenting

Blast from the past: Mass birth of early supermassive black holes explained at last

UV photons prevent gravitational collapse

Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

*If we change the definition of 'time crystal', so scratch that Doctor Who screenplay, okay?

NASA finds India's missing lunar orbiter with Earth-bound radar

Now that we can spot things the size of a fridge 380,000km away, dodging debris or asteroids should be easier

If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

Astrophysicists handily crunch travelling aliens numbers just in time for Friday pub chat

What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

Make-or-break launch this month for Elon's upstart

NASA's atom-chiller ready to fly to the ISS

Cold Atom Laboratory slated for August SpaceX supply mission

Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022

Video Five years? What's the matter? Can't afford Prime?

Raw TRAPPIST-1 data lands tomorrow for crowdsourced hijinks

It's time for you lot to figure out what's going on up there on TRAPPIST's Earth-like planets

Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

MAVEN was on track to come within seven seconds of Phobos

Japan's Venus probe power plight panacea: Turn it off and on again ...and again and again...

Ill-fated Akatsuki suffers more setbacks – now, its cameras

BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

Uni bods hit bell where it hertz

Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

Video Brits catch God yet again screwing with our heads

Fireball in Tasmania: Possible CubeSat re-entry sparks alien panic

Lemur-2-NATE came down yesterday and there's plenty more where it came from

LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

2018? No. And we're assuming they'll be back in one piece

Machines taught how to 'smell' by new algorithm. How will they cope with shower-dodging nerds?

SIGSTINK: User body odor fault

Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)

Video The bee-autiful game

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