Astronomy News

Royal Observatory Greenwich release a taster of this year's entries
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:15am

There are just over two weeks to submit entries for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 award, and some of this year's amazing images have already been released by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. With the deadline approaching on 7 April, now's the time to submit your best astro images in the hope of winning that £10,000 prize.


NASA scientists conclude Arsia Mons last erupted 50 million years ago
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:12pm

NASA studies of a Martian volcano have revealed it ran dry just as the dominant species on Earth was facing catastrophe.

Win a DVD copy of new Apollo-era comedy and an astronaut bed spread
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:12pm

Operation Avalanche is a Cold War comedy about a pair of CIA agents who find themselves faking the Apollo Moon landing. The film is out this week on DVD, and we're offering the chance for one lucky winner to win a copy, along with an astronaut bed spread worth £100.

Young system could give new understanding to how planetary systems grow
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:54pm

A recently discovered giant Jupiter-like planet found a huge distance from its star appears to defy most theories of planetary formation. However, the host star's young age could help researchers unravel how not only this planet formed, but others like it throughout the Galaxy.

Eruption of bubbles could explain disappearing lakes on Saturnian moon
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:25pm

Simulations by NASA scientists show that the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan could be bubbly.

How Irish engineering changed the face of astronomy
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:54pm

The 'Great Leviathan' 72-inch reflector, built during the 19th century at Birr Castle in Ireland, stands as a monument to humanity's desire to reach out to the cosmos. Iain Todd reveals how Irish engineering changed the face of astronomy.

Galaxies used to spin much slower than they do today
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:43pm

Early spiral galaxies spun much slower than those in the current Universe, implying that dark matter did not dominate their mass at these times.

A new class of stars could be masquerading as the explosive stellar event
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:18pm

A supposed supernova has recently been exposed as a potential imposter, having suffered many violent eruptions over the 21 years preceding its final large outburst. It could be one of an entirely new class of stellar object.

The white dwarf is being stripped of its gas
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:53am

A star has recently been discovered in orbit around a black hole in what might be the closest orbit between such a pair ever seen. New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory revealed a white dwarf is racing around the black hole twice every hour.

JPL scientist discusses life on Mars, Planet 9 and exoplanet exploration
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:38am


Has there ever been life on Mars? Is Pluto a planet? What lies beyond Neptune? We put these questions to one of NASA's most experienced planetary scientists.


How to view next year's total solar eclipse, and where to see it
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:38pm

On 21 August 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible over the USA. With half a year to go and 230 million people about to get organised, veteran eclipse-chaser Jamie Carter says it's time to start planning your trip.

Words: Jamie Carter

Hubble measures light passing through gas bubble to analyse composition
Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:29pm

The Hubble Space Telescope has been used to reveal that a mass of material was ejected from our Galaxy's supermassive black hole six million years ago, and can still be seen today.

Jessica Mink, who helped make the discovery, remembers the day
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:49am

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the detection of rings around Uranus. We speak to Jessica Mink, one of the scientists who made the discovery.

Words by Elizabeth Pearson

Overlooked names in the history of astronomy and spaceflight
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:21am

Throughout the history of astronomy women have played a huge role, even though their contributions often go unnoticed. To commemorate International Women's Day we look back at some of the achievements of lesser known astro-women.

Written by Emily Winterburn

Distant object gets astronomers closer to when the first stars shone
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:00am

A distant galaxy whose light is only just reaching Earth is providing astronomers with a glimpse into the early Universe.

Discovery could take astronomers back to the drawing board
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:05pm

The theory that the stars in a cluster are of the same age and origin is fundamental to our understanding of stellar evolution. But a new study is calling that assumption into question.

Some of the most beautiful images by one of the world's best telescopes
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:46am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine picks ten of our favourite astrophotos captured by the Very Large Telescope in northern Chile.

Royal Observatory's Tom Kerss reveals how to capture a nightscape
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:54am

With entries now open for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 competition, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers Tom Kerss reveals his tips for capturing a magnificent nightscape.

As told to Lorin R Robinson.

Hot gas outflow changes temperature and chemical makeup in matter of hours
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:12am

For the first time, astronomers have been able to observe the chemical and temperature changes in black hole winds occuring over a matter of hours.

We have five copies of Penguin's latest children's title to give away
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:11am

We’ve teamed up with Penguin Random House to give away five copies of one of their newest children’s titles.

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