Astronomy News

Data from southern hemisphere reveals new findings about comet's surface
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:01pm

Rosetta data has revealed the secrets of comet 67P's darker, southern hemisphere for the first time.

New method enables scientists to measure the mass of solitary pulsars
Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:36am

The measurement of the mass of stars and other objects in space depends largely on observing their gravitational effect on their cosmic neighbours. But what if that object is alone in space? Scientists have developed a new method to determine the mass of pulsars that could solve this problem.

NASA studies reveal 'dark streaks' to be signs of seasonal flow of briny liquid
Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:29am

For the first time, NASA scientists have revealed that liquid water is currently present on the Red Planet.

The mystery of the 'rubber duck' shape has been solved, Rosetta scientists say
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:50pm

The shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was formed through the collision of two comets in the early Solar System, according to Rosetta scientists.

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Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:32pm

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67P's rotation replenishes surface with fresh ice, keeping it 'alive'
Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:22pm

Data from the Rosetta spacecraft continues to reveal information about the nature of comets. The latest study shows a repeated ice-gas cycle occuring on and around the surface of 67P that keeps the comet 'alive'.

Read our guide to make the most of this spectacular event on 28 September
Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:12am
In the early morning on Monday 28 September, observers and early birds will be able to take advantage of a total eclipse of the Moon, an event during which the lunar surface can often appear rusty, brick red.
Scientists ponder effect of mysterious dusty object's close approach
Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:36am

The black hole at the centre of our Galaxy has shown an increase in X-ray activity over the past year. Could it be a result of the close approach of a mysterious cosmic object?

New method planned to locate dust-obscured stars at galactic centre
Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:44pm

Galactic dust and fog prevents our telescopes from detecting stars hiding at the centre of the Milky Way. But a new detection method using radio waves has been devised that could reveal stars no one has ever seen before.

Cyclical light pattern observed as black hole orbits its partner
Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:55pm

The collision that occurs between two black holes is a colossal event that triggers massive gravitational waves. Scientists are closer to understanding the nature of two merging black holes and the cyclical light pattern given off as they orbit one another.

Cassini data explains Enceladus's orbital wobble with vast body of water
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:52am

Cassini data continues to prompt new discoveries about Saturn and its moons. The latest revelation is of a global ocean lying beneath Enceladus's icy crust.

Still-forming star discovered 325 lightyears away offers unique insight
Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:00pm

For the first time, astronomers have managed to capture the early stages of a forming planetary system, with the discovery of a young parent star that is already hosting a planet.

Central galaxy displays 'ferocious' activity, forming 860 new stars per year
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:18am

The discovery of an active, ferocious star-forming galaxy at the centre of a cluster is allowing astronomers to learn more about collisions that occur between gas-rich galaxies known as 'wet mergers'.

Dawn data offers latest views of mysterious Occator crater features
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:34am

The mysterious bright spots on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres are revealed in even greater detail in the latest image sent back by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

New technique used to investigate 'epoch of reionization'
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:56pm

A team of astronomers have used a new technique to study Hubble data and reveal signs of the earliest galaxies that formed after the Big Bang.

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen controls rover robotic arm while orbiting Earth
Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:19pm

The success of a new experiment led by ESA is furthering the development of technologies that will help control space-based activites from Earth.

M31 and Milky Way have similar percentage of newborn stars based on mass
Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:43pm

Research using Hubble images has revealed a similarity between the stars in the Andromeda Galaxy and those in our own that was previously incalculable. 

Cassini observations reveal one of the rings contains larger particles
Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:42pm

Observations by Cassini orbiter show one of the rings takes longer to cool down, suggesting it is made up of new, dense objects that may have been a moon until recently.



Predicting satellite orbits could speed up their removal from orbit
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:05pm

A new method of predicting satellite orbits could speed up their removal from orbit. The results will be tested next year with the Integral satellite.

The observatory will monitor a billion stars over five years
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:45pm

The observatory will monitor a billion stars over five years. Already the mission has detected supernovae, extreme binary systems and taken over two million parallax measurements. 

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