Astronomy News

Infrared survey reveals how space dust affects the evolution of galaxies
Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:57am

Infrared views of the sky have revealed hidden galaxies obscured by space dust, and how galactic evolution has occurred as this gas is used up during star formation.

An object thought to be a distant galaxy is revealed as a nearby black hole
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:31am

Quiet, 'stealth' black holes may be hiding from detection and could be thousands of times more common than initially thought.

Raging storm will help astronomers learn how Neptune's spots appear
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:40pm

Clouds seen in the atmosphere of Neptune have been confirmed as relating to a new raging storm on the icy planet.

Discovery could reveal a history of active volcanoes on the Red Planet
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:09am

NASA's Curosity rover is helping scientists unlock the geological history of the Red Planet.

Close orbit of massive, infant planet poses questions for astronomers
Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:31pm

A massive, infant exoplanet has been discovered orbiting close to its star, leading astronomers to ask how it got there.

Our pick of the memories shared by the UK astronaut from the ISS
Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:31am

It has been a long and eventful journey for Tim Peake during his six months on board the International Space Station. Here we present seven of our favourite moments from Peake's Prinicipia mission.

Follow the UK astronaut's journey home via our live stream
Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:02pm

Follow the UK astronaut's return journey home via our live stream, courtesy of ESA.

Astronomers observe brightening event of young, ravenous sun
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:41pm

Exactly how our Solar System formed remains a mystery for astronomers, but observations of a young, ravenous star may have revealed a vital clue.

Commercial spaceflight is set to take off over the next few years
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:12pm

With Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin all set to make inroads into the world of reusable space technology, it looks like commercial space flight is finally about to take off.

Kepler Space Telescope spots Jupiter sized planet transiting binary star system
Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:40am

The Kepler Space Telescope continues to reveal the stars and planets that exist beyond our Solar System. Now the telescope has broken a new record, after astronomers spotted a massive Jupiter-sized planet orbiting two stars.

Chaotic feeding process is directly observed for the first time
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:21pm

New observations with ESO's ALMA telescope have changed astronomers' perception of how black holes feed.

Atmospheric temperature analysis proves an efficient detection method
Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:26pm

Mars orbiters have managed to detect patterns in the dust storms occurring on Mars.

Water on massive, scorching exoplanets could be hidden by opaque clouds
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:23pm

The study of exoplanets is key to understanding how our own Solar System formed. But a new study suggests that observations of a massive type of exoplanet called hot Jupiters have been hindered by cloudy and hazy atmospheres.

Study finds elements are ejected from galaxies rather than being recycled
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:27pm

A new study reveals that galaxies are not as efficient at creating stars as originally thought.

Test confirms the potential for space-based gravitational wave observatory
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:32pm

A space-based observatory will be necessary to continue more detailed studies of gravitational waves in the future. This ambitious project has moved closer to realisation with the successful deployment of ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission.

Plumes of ammonia key to planet's dynamic atmosphere
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:32pm

Radio wavelength images of Jupiter's atmosphere have revealed the cycle of ammonia that produces the planet's equatorial clouds.

Hubble observations allow calculations a higher degree of accuracy
Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:27pm

The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed that the modern Universe is expanding at a faster rate than it did shortly after the Big Bang.

Convection movements in nitrogen ice continually refresh surface material
Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:36am

Geological activity in Pluto's heart-shaped region is continuously recycling surface nitrogen ice through a lava lamp-like convection current.

UK astronaut picks the best of his own ISS images ahead of this year's final
Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:12pm

As judging gets underway for this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, British astronaut Tim Peake was asked by the Royal Observatory Greenwich to select which of his many photos captured from the International Space Station might stand a chance of winning.

Discovery contradicts theory that bigger planets take longer to form
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:37am

The search for young planetary systems continues, as astronomers look to piece together the story of how planets form. A team of scientists seeking out young stars have found a massive planet, bigger than Jupiter, orbiting a specimen just two million years old.

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