Astronomy News

How will the spacecraft spend its final moments, and what has it taught us?
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:18am
We look at how the Rosetta orbiter will spend the final moments of its mission to study comet 67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and what it has taught us so far.
MESSENGER images reveal fault scarps that show planet is still contracting
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:34pm

Mercury can be grouped together with Earth as another tectonically active planet in our Solar System, according to a study that used images captured by the MESSENGER space probe.

Hubble Space Telescope spots what may eruptions from subsurface ocean
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:55am

Observations using the Hubble Space Telescope may have revealed surprising activity in Europa's subsurface ocean, causing water vapour to erupt from its surface.

Tidal locking suggests salty sea could be beneath dwarf planet's surface
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:45pm

A study has calculated that Pluto could be hosting an ocean below its surface with a salt content similar to the Dead Sea on Earth.

Hubble confirms planet detected by the effect of its mass on spacetime
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:50pm

Astronomers have been able to discover an exoplanet orbiting two suns by observing how its mass warps spacetime.

Observations reveal galaxies lying at the heart of a huge hydrogen cloud
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:44pm

Astronomers believe they may have solved the mystery behind a huge, bright cloud of gas found 11.5 billion lightyears away.

Discovery of ancient lakes pushes timescale for presence of water forward
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:49pm

New discoveries of ancient lakes and valleys on the Red Planet are helping scientists uncover the story of water on Mars, and whether microbial life could once have existed.

Key stage in star's life captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:02am

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have been able to observe a key stage in the evolution of a star in real time.

Find almost doubles the amount of known ancient quasars
Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:24pm

Quasars are thought to be some of the first light sources to have formed in the Universe, but finding ancient specimens to study is a tricky task. A team of astronomers has found a batch of specimens that nearly doubles the amount of ancient quasars that we know of.

Hubble data reveals ancient age of stellar population
Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:05pm

A globular cluster 19,000 lightyears away could be a relic from the early days of the Milky Way, according to new analysis of Hubble Space Telescope data.

How Einstein destroyed the planet once thought to be orbiting our Sun
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:58pm

Thursday 8 September 2016 marks 50 years to the day that audiences sat down to watch the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. Science writer Paul Cockburn explores how 19th century astronomers once believed that a planet called Vulcan genuinely existed in orbit around our own Sun.

Study of Ahuna Mons points at cryovolcano's eruptive past
Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:49pm

Dwarf planet Ceres' mountain Ahuna Mons could be an ice volcano, according to analysis of data collected by the Dawn spacecraft.

Spacecraft's first flyby shows the gas giant in a new light
Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:28pm

NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent images back to Earth following its first close encounter with Jupiter.

Cosmic Microwave Background studies update early history of the Universe
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:51pm

A new study has found that the first stars were soley responsible for the reionistation of atoms in the cosmos, leading to the development of the Universe as we know it today, and that they formed much later than thought.

Cluster 11.1 billion lightyears away observed during intense star formation
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:47pm

A galaxy cluster has been found that is not only the most distant from Earth yet observed, but which has been caught just as it is going through an intense period of star formation.

Search for missing matter uncovers six-million-year-old burst in activity
Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:01am

A search for missing matter in the Milky Way has revealed the Galaxy went through a fierce burst of actvity six million years ago.

Structure similar size to Milky Way contains one hundredth the amount of stars
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:02am

The exact nature of the elusive substance known as dark matter remains a mystery, but observations of massive cosmic structures may hold the key. The latest discovery is a galaxy that consists almost entirely of dark matter.

Exoplanet found orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our planet
Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:23am

The search for exoplanets continues in the hope of finding a rocky, habitable planet like our own. The latest discovery is a rocky planet orbiting the closest star outside of our Solar System.

Discovery offers astronomers a rare glimpse of process in action
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:13pm

Astronomers have spotted a young, massive star still in its early ages of formation, offering a rare glimpse into an important stage in the formation of massive stars.

Spectroscopic method will help rover select samples for analysis on Earth
Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:24pm

A spectroscopic method used by geologists on Earth could help NASA's new Mars rover look for signs of life on the Red Planet.

A hot and dense mass of complex molecules, cocooning a newborn star, has been discovered by a...
NASA TV and the agency's website will air the conclusion of ESA's Rosetta mission early...
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has wrapped up its observations for the Frontier Fields...
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