Malta gets the chance to name a distant planet

Malta has been given an amazing opportunity to name a planet in deep space. The name will be chosen from nominations from the public and after a public vote. The new planet could be called anything from ‘Mdina’ to ‘Valletta’ or ‘Ghawdex’ or even ‘Mela’. The choice is yours. The planet Malta will get to […]

Spectacular volcanic eruption captured from space

A volcano which has erupted for the first time in nearly 100 years has been captured on camera from space. The spectacular photograph shows a towering mushroom-shaped cloud of ash and smoke rising over a remote Russian peninsula. Astronauts on the International Space Station snapped the amazing picture, showing the the Raikoke Volcano on the […]

The mighty black hole finally gets a name

The mighty black hole pictured in a world first photograph has been named Powehi. A language professor gave the Hawaiian name to the cosmic object, which was photographed with the help of two telescopes from the US island state. University of Hawaii Professor Larry Kimura said it was a ‘privilege’ to decide the entity’s name. […]

First ever images of black hole revealed

Astronomers have revealed the first image of a monster black hole, which is six billion times the mass of the sun. Using data collected from eight radio telescopes across the world, a team of 200 scientists were able to create an image around the supermassive black hole. The supermassive black hole which was photographed by […]

Why is the US racing to return to the Moon?

US Vice-President Mike Pence has ordered Nasa to return astronauts to the Moon within five years, with a woman first in line to set foot on the lunar surface. Referencing China’s recent successful robotic mission to the far side of the Moon, he said: ‘We’re in a space race today, just as we were in […]

Moon landings photographs that are out of this world

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon in the latest achievement for the country’s space programme. Here we take a look back at some of the images from successful moon landings from the past 50 years.   First moon landing July 20, 1969 – Apollo 11 The first landing […]

Spacecraft makes first landing on Moon’s far side

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon. The unmanned lunar explorer touched down on Thursday morning. It is carrying instruments to examine the region’s geology, as well as other experiments. Chinese state media called the landing ‘a major milestone in space exploration’. While past missions have been to […]

Astronaut shares new picture of Malta from space

A stunning image of Malta has been captured by an astronaut hundreds of miles away from the Earth’s surface. European Space Agency flight engineer Paolo Nespoli snapped Valletta from the International Space Station, which orbits at a height of 250 miles. He wrote: ‘Hello Malta and La Valletta! I bet a lot of people are […]

Astronaut’s sensational shot of Malta at night

Malta is positively glowing in rocket man Tim Peake’s sensational shot of the Mediterranean at night from space. This spectacular photo is just one of the images Tim, 45, took during his six-month stint aboard the International Space Station . They are in his new book ‘Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space’, […]

Cosmonaut shares stunning view of Malta from space

This is beautiful Malta from space. A stunning image has been captured by a Russian cosmonaut hundreds of kilometres away from the Earth’s surface. Lieutenant colonel Oleg Novitskiy snapped the island from the International Space Station, which orbits at a height of 400 km. Malta from space! Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy shares a stunning new view […]