Proba-2 spots transit of Mercury
The world pointed their telescopes towards the Sun on Monday to watch Mercury make a rare transit of the Sun. This image was taken by ESA’s Proba-2, a satellite smaller than a cubic metre, with an extreme ultraviolet telescope called SWAP. You can see the small dot that is Mercury at the very right of the Sun just under the middle.
Astronomers watch the Mercury transit
Staying with Monday’s Mercury transit, Astronomers had to use specially adapted telescopes to watch the event. For everyone else we had to watch it online.
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The Sydney Opera House bathed in smoke
Fog often settles over Sydney Harbour in Australia, but this is not ordinary weather event, this is a thick blanket smoke caused by a hazard reduction burn to the west of the city to reduce the chances of bushfires over the summer.
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Airbus CEO tests a new manned glider
Being a test pilot is not a job for the faint of heart and you’d struggle to get many regular pilots doing it, let alone company CEOs. Not Tom Enders though - the Airbus boss put his life on the line to test their new Perlan 2 manned glider, which is designed to fly 27km into the atmosphere, higher than any plane before it.
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Impact chip aboard the ISS
A chip in the windscreen is usually little more than an annoyance (or a failed MOT) but this one is a little different – it’s on a window aboard the International Space Station. British astronaut Tim Peake took this photo in the Cupola observation module of the ISS and shows the threat space debris has to astronauts on board. A 1 cm-sized object could disable instruments and anything above 10 cm could shatter parts of space station into pieces.
Mass Mother’s Day yoga
These people in the Supertree Grove of Singapore are taking part in a mass yoga session to celebrate Mother’s Day.
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NASA’s IceBridge flies over the Sermeq glacier
Operation IceBridge is NASA’s aerial mission to survey the polar icecaps, and this photo shows the front of the Sermeq glacier in Greenland. The mission has so far discovered a huge canyon under the ice sheet and helped improve forecasts of summer ice melt.
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Wildfires continue to rage in Canada
The people of Fort McMurray, Alberta are still fighting the devastating wildfire that is burning huge areas of the town and has destroyed around 2,400 homes.
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Parisians were able to enjoy the iconic Champs-Elysees without having to navigate the notorious traffic of France’s capital city as it went car free in a monthly effort to tackle pollution.
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Frozen plant DNA at Kew Gardens
The State of the World’s Plants report was released this week by the Royal Botanic Gardens, warning of threats to the plant kingdom and drawing attention to often overlooked species. Here a technician is examining a sample of frozen DNA from a Ficus hispida fig tree.
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Preview of the Science Museum's 2017 robots exhibition
This Bipedal Walker Robot, built in 1987-97, will be on display at a new robots exhibition at the Science Museum next year.
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Dinosaur skeletons for auction
This skeleton of an Eohippus went up for auction this week in a collection of rare dinosaur fossils at Summers Place Auction House in Billinghurst, Surrey.
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CES Asia 2016
Visitors to CES Asia 2016 were delighted this year by a robot that pours a delicious hot beverage to quench your thirst. Milk and no sugar for us please.
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Young monks with a giant panda
Le Bao, a giant Chinese panda, entertains young Korean monks as they visit Everland amusement park in South Korea.
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