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Latest Astronomical News

The solar system may have a new planet: New studies claim a Neptune-sized planet, called 'Planet 9',  is located beyond the orbit of Pluto.

Mathematical modelling based upon the movement of objects beyond the orbit of Neptune have hypothesised the existence of this planet which has not yet been seen!

Announced 20th January 2016

Alternative energy update

The old FIT scheme closed on 14 January 2016.

The new scheme will open on 8 February 2016, with different tariff rates and rules - including a limit on the number of installations supported.

Solar Panel rules change

Tim Peake walks in space and carries out repairs to the solar panels

15th January 2016

Latest News January 2016

A David Attenborough programme on BBC television (24th January 2016) reveals the largest dinosaur ever found. It was a new species and even though it was the largest dinosaur fossil the final reveal was that it was still not fully grown! Here you see the femur.

A huge blizzard blanketed the US eastern seaboard in snow, bringing New York and Washington DC to a standstill and affecting some 85 million people.24th January 2016