Astronomy News

Gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova observed 4 billion lightyears away
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:04pm

Using a galaxy located two billion lightyears from Earth as a sort of cosmic magnifying class, astronomers been able to observe an exploded star that could help measure the expansion rate of the Universe.

Newly discovered planet orbiting red dwarf could be rocky with an atmosphere
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:46am

A newly-discovered exoplanet just 40 lightyears from Earth could be the best candidate we know of in the search for signs of life outside our own planet.

Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:37am

An asteroid the size of Gibraltar passed by the Earth on 19 April, and will continue to grow in brightness for several nights giving a fantastic observing opportunity.

The planet is the second furthest known body in our planetary group
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:06pm

The newest observations from ALMA have confirmed that the Solar System object 2014 UZ224 is a dwarf planet.

The patch is similar in size to the Great Red Spot
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:09pm

Jupiter may have been hiding a second great spot for over a thousand years. New images from the Very Large Telescope have revealed a colossal Great Cold Spot, a cool patch in the planet’s polar atmosphere that appears to be created by the planet’s aurora.

Pay tribute to the hot rocky planet with our spherical cake
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:32am

Pay tribute to the rocky planet Mercury with Katharine Kilgour's spherical cake, complete with chocolate truffle core!

Katharine Kilgour likes to combine her love of astronomy with her love of cooking, making tasty treats to feed herself, her friends and her family Astro-boy (aged 12), Astro-girl (aged 16) and Astro-dad.

Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:59pm

Gravitational lensing has allowed astronomers to spy on a 'typical' galaxy as it was in the days of the early Universe. This find will allow them to study the most numerous kind of fledgling galaxy present during this highly important era.

Jon Powell on the importance of a good site for clear skies and clean shoes
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:06am

When selecting your observing site, looking down is as important as looking up, writes Jon Powell. 

Transient remnants of stellar collision could explain how star growth is stunted
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:57pm

The remnants of a collision between two infant stars has been captured by ALMA. The beautiful images could help astronomers understand how such stellar crashes govern the rate at which our Galaxy forms stars.

Could the planet spell hope in the hunt for life?
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:04pm

An atmosphere has been detected for the first time around a planet with a mass and radius similar to Earth.

Solar activity could be generating a transient exosphere on the dwarf planet
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:47pm

The Sun's activity may be generating a transient atmosphere on dwarf planet Ceres, say NASA scientists.

New documentary looks at the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:18am

A new documentary looks at the unsung heroes of Apollo: the mathematicians and engineers who worked at Mission Control to bring their comrades safely back to Earth.

The Sun wakes up, meaning plenty of opportunity for solar imaging
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:43pm

The Sun has woken up, and not just to supply the UK with sunshine, as our selection of readers' solar images show.

The solar surface has been surprisingly active
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:41pm

The Sun has been surprisingly active over the weekend, with flares as strong as M5.7 errupting from its surface.

Royal Observatory Greenwich release a taster of this year's entries
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:22am

With the deadline approaching on 7 April, now's the time to submit your best astro images for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 award, in the hope of winning that £10,000 prize.

 

NASA's MAVEN mission reveals Sun's role in transformation of Red Planet
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:42pm

Mars once had an atmosphere and running water, but that all changed as a result of the power of our Sun, according to new NASA data.

Stargazing Live boosts the hunt for the newest member of our Solar System
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:34am

Four unknown bodies are being examined in the hope of finding the hypothetical ninth planet of our Solar System beyond the orbit of Neptune.

The story of one of Australia's biggest telescopes by one of its first operators
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:26pm

As viewers of this year's Stargazing Live will be aware, the Anglo Australian Telescope (AAT) at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales is one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. We spoke to UK astronomer David Malin, one of the first to operate the telescope.

How Australia's indigenous people used the southern skies to their advantage
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:57am

As part of this year's Stargazing Live from Down Under, we find out how Aboriginal Australians used the night sky to find their way across the dusty outback – even when the stars were missing.

Words: Robert S. Fuller

2020 mission will explore the history of water on the Red Planet
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:49am

Scientists are whittling down the possible landing sites for the ExoMars 2020 rover to explore the Red Planet's wet past, and have decided upon two final contenders.

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