Astronomy News

ESA's ExoMars failure explained following inquiry into its descent onto Mars
Thu May 25, 2017 12:24pm

The investigation into the crashing of the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli lander has concluded, revealing the cause of its rapid descent onto the surface of Mars.

Orbital pattern of outermost exoplanet in nearby system confirmed
Tue May 23, 2017 2:18pm

The orbital pattern of the outermost exoplanet orbiting nearby star TRAPPIST-1 has been confirmed by NASA.

3.5 tonne mirror marks milestone in construction of Extremely Large Telescope
Mon May 22, 2017 12:27pm

The 4.2-metre wide secondary mirror for the Extremely Large Telescope has been cast, marking a milestone in the construction of the largest telescope of its kind.

The scientist believes we are running out of space on Earth
Fri May 19, 2017 6:18pm

Professor Stephen Hawking talked at the Royal Society in London about the important of moving off of Earth's surface, and onto a new planet. 

Discovery reveals more clues as to what the early Solar System was like
Fri May 19, 2017 11:16am

The discovery of a moon around the third largest dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt adds another piece to the puzzle of what our Solar System was like in its infancy.

Atmospheric changes may have caused heavier rain like we see on Earth
Thu May 18, 2017 11:54am

Heavy rain may have altered the surface of Mars, carving channels into its rock that we can see today, according to a new study.

How will the next orbiting observatory compare to the current king?
Wed May 17, 2017 12:01pm

The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in October 2018, ushering in a new era of observation that will enable us to look at the early Universe.

But how will it compare with the current king of orbiting observatories, the Hubble Space Telescope? Ben Skuse investigates.

Find out more about how the James Webb Space Telescope will change our understanding of the Universe in this month's BBC Sky at Night Magazine, out 18 May!

Enter our competition for full weekend passes to this year's festival in July
Wed May 17, 2017 10:29am

This year's bluedot festival takes place 7-9 July, and we have a pair of weekend camping tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

NB - This competition is now closed

Bridge between Magellanic Clouds confirmed to have magnetic field
Tue May 16, 2017 12:25pm

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are connected to each other by a Galactic Bridge. Astronomers have now detected a magnetic field associated with this gaseous filament for the first time.

Object could have been kicked by violent black hole merger
Fri May 12, 2017 11:21am

Astronomers have been following what appears to be a speedy black hole racing across its home galaxy.

Study raises questions about the formation of our Solar System
Fri May 12, 2017 9:19am

The study of a warm Neptune-like planet is raising questions as to our understanding of how planetary systems form.

The free-floating planet is a rare find
Wed May 10, 2017 4:33pm

What was previously thought to be a brown dwarf has been discovered to be an exoplanet lying on the cusp between the two. The exoplanet could help in the study of exoplanet atmospheres.

New study using Rosetta data reveals how comets may produce oxygen
Tue May 09, 2017 3:21pm

Data from ESA's Rosetta mission is still being analysed by scientists to make new discoveries about the structure and chemistry of comets. A new study has shown how comets could be producing oxygen via chemical reactions on their surface.

Building an observatory is often best left to professionals, says Jon Powell
Mon May 08, 2017 9:11am

While it may be an enticing summer project for the amateur astronomer, sometimes building an observatory is a task best left to professionals, writes Jon Powell in this month's Tales From The Eyepiece.

New British rocket design could revolutionise travel into Earth orbit
Fri May 05, 2017 9:13am

A new design of rocket that could change the way we travel into space is being developed by a British firm, and work has just begun on a UK facility that could begin testing it before the decade is out.

X-ray data reveals effects of massive galaxy cluster encounter
Thu May 04, 2017 9:13am

X-ray data from the Chandra Observatory has revealed the chaotic effects of a galaxy cluster close encounter.

NASA studies reveal dust rings correspond to Solar System features
Wed May 03, 2017 9:52am

Studies of a young planetary system 10 lightyears away have revealed it is remarkably like our own.

First of 22 dives returns unexpected results for NASA scientists
Tue May 02, 2017 12:27pm

As the Cassini spacecraft continues diving between Saturn and its rings, data collected during its first pass has already surprised NASA scientists.

Small fluctuations occurred just two billion years after the Big Bang
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:11pm

 

Astronomers have managed to measure ripples in the cosmic web that occurred just two billion years after the Big Bang.

 

The spacecraft begins diving between Saturn and its rings
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:59pm

Images of Saturn taken during the first of the Cassini spacecraft’s ring dives have been returned to Earth, and show features in the planet’s atmosphere closer than ever before.

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