Astronomy News

We take a journey north to spot the incredible Aurora Borealis
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:41pm

BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley joins Omega Holidays’ first Northern Lights flight of the season in a bid to achieve a long-held aim to see the aurora.

Written by Chris Bramley.

This month's word is a key term for lunar observers on Earth, and beyond
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:29am

Each month, Scott Levine looks at a single word that can tell us about the workings of the Universe, with a quick sketch to outline his thoughts.

This month, Scott's word is one that is very important to lunar observers: 'month'!

How Exmoor's Dark Sky status is drawing astronomers to the park
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:11pm

In December’s BBC Sky at Night Magazine astronomer Will Gater reveals his advice for exploring Exmoor’s spectacular night skies.

Here, Will talks to Dan James of the Exmoor National Park Authority about the moor’s International Dark Sky Reserve and plans for the future. 

Stargazers will soon have to bid farewell to the 66 glinting satellites
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:10am

Stargazers and astrophotographers will soon have to bid #flarewell to the 66 glinting satellites.

Written by Jamie Carter

Our verdict on the long awaited follow up to hit novel The Martian
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:32am

 

Elizabeth Pearson reviews Artemis, Andy Weir's long awaited follow up to his hit novel The Martian.

 

Scientists attempt to explain Enceladus's hydrothermal activity
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:21pm

The Cassini mission revealed Saturn's moon Enceladus to be a hive of hydrothermal activity, but what is generating the activity? The answer may be found deep in the moon's core.

The stellar explosion could be a new class of supernova
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:48pm

A star may have burst back into life after 50 years. The highly unusual supernova was unusually bright and could be the remains of an extremely massive star, or even a completely new type of stellar explosion.

Discovery could hint at planetary system around Proxima Centauri
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:29am

The presence of a dusty ring around Proxima Centauri could indicate that it is part of a planetary system like our own Solar System.

Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of Artemtis, Andy Weir's follow-up to his hit novel The Martian.

Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of Artemis.

Celebrating half a century of an historic British-made instrument
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:02am

On 1 December, the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux in Sussex will mark 50 years since the inauguration of the Isaac Newton Telescope, a British-made instrument used in the first detection of a black hole.

We spoke to astronomer Dr Paul Murdin about his time working with the INT, and how he made one of the discoveries of the century.

Find out more about the history of the Isaac Newton Telescope in our December issue, out now

Difference observed in regular south pole and 'erratic' north
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:45am

Unlike on Earth, Jupiter's northern and southern aurorae behave quite differently from one another.

Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of This Book Is A Planetarium.

Win a copy of a new pop-up book for grown-ups and kids alike
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:00pm

*PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*

A pop-up planetarium is just one of the designs featured in this new book by Kelli Anderson, and we have three copies to give away!

Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of This Book Is A Planetarium.

Study could have implications for gravitational wave searches
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:21pm

A study that suggests populations of massive black holes lurk on the edges of spiral galaxies could have implications for the hunt for gravitational waves.

We're giving away three copies of the latest novel by The Martian author
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:45am

PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

We have three copies to give away of Andy Weir's Artemis, the follow-up to his bestselling novel The Martian.

 

Massive exoplanet discovered in close orbit around small star
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:35am

The discovery of a Jupiter-like planet in orbit around a star smaller than our Sun is challenging what astronomers know about how planets form.

The radiation belts of Saturn and Earth act very differently
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:31pm

The moons around Saturn have a much larger effect on the planet's radiation belts than solar winds.

Study of binary systems offers new clues to source of X-ray beams
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:30am

The mysteries of black hole jets are being unravelled by observations of binary systems in X-ray and optical light.

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