Astronomy News

The destruction of Phobos could eventually form Saturn-like rings around Mars
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:17am

Mars’s moon Phobos is being pulled towards its host in a process that could eventually tear it apart and create rings around the Red Planet.

Dr Elizabeth Pearson explores the origins and legacy of Einstein's work
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:30am
In November 1915 Albert Einstein was preparing to present what would go on to become one of the most important sets of equations to have ever been put down on paper: his general theory of relativity.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Dr Elizabeth Pearson explores the origins, legacy and future of this remarkable research.

Concentrated particle 'roots' could reveal more about mysterious susbstance
Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:36am

Simulations of the behaviour of dark matter have hypothesized dark matter 'hairs' protruding from planetary bodies that could potentially be studied to reveal more about the mysterious substance.

Study calculates distances to planetary nebulae with new accuracy
Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:30pm

Astronomers have undertaken a study to measure the distances to planetary nebulae with more accuracy than ever before.

Powerful magnetic field surpasses expectations of a small, cool dwarf star
Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:42pm

Observations of a cool, red dwarf star that is producing an intensely powerful magnetic field could have major implications for the search for habitable planets outside our Solar System.

New observations show dead star's glowing disc caused by destroyed asteroid
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:54pm

Astronomers have used ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to study the remains of a white dwarf and the asteroid it ripped apart in detail.

Discovery could overhaul current theories of galactic evolution
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:01am

The earliest massive galaxies ever observed have been discovered by a team using data from a five-year survey of the Universe by ESO's VISTA telescope.

Shimmering stars point to new method of determining galactic ages
Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:49am

Measuring the 'pulse' of shimmering stars in a galaxy could provide a new method of determining that galaxy's age, according to a team of researchers.

Editor Chris Bramley selects his favourite Earth image for Air Charter Service
Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:45am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley was recently asked by Air Charter Service to select his favourite image of Earth from space.

Observations reveal the source of gamma ray light from the Tarantula Nebula
Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:58am

Observations using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have confirmed that previously suspected gamma ray brightness coming from the Tarantula Nebula is in fact the first gamma ray pulsar detected outside our Galaxy.

The hunt for Earth's 'twin' uncovers rocky planet just 39 lightyears away
Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:43am

The hunt for exoplanets continues in the hope of finding Earth's 'twin'. The latest discovery is of a Venus-like exoplanet cool enough to potentially host an atmosphere and close enough to study in detail.

Study of Phobos streaks reveal new findings on lunar interior and tidal forces
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:54am

Streaks on the surface of Phobos were previously thought to be caused by an impact, but new findings suggest the actual cause could be far more catastrophic.

Latest mission data turns Pluto knowledge 'upside down'
Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:08am

Data sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft has revealed what may be ice volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, and the 'pandemonium' of its spinning moons.

Fireballs seen above Poland and Thailand as Taurid 'swarm' continues
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:27pm

Recent reports of fireballs in the sky above Thailand and Poland could be a sign of Earth’s movement into the comet debris known as the Taurids meteor shower.

NASA's MAVEN mission reveals Sun's role in transformation of Red Planet
Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:51am

Following the discovery that mass bodies of water once existed on Mars, NASA has been studying the Red Planet to discover what caused such a vast change in its atmosphere. New data from MAVEN appears to have the answer.

Observations reveal protostars' 'distinct ejection events' for the first time
Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:41am

ESO's ALMA telescope has uncovered the growth of a protostar occuring in short bursts, revealing the process of stellar formation in greater clarity than ever before.

Study shines new light on exoplanetary detection method
Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:10am

While gaps in the discs surrounding young stars are a means of discovering newly formed, unseen planets, a study has found that some gaps could be a sort of cosmic illusion. Rather than the sign of a massive planet, some apparent gaps in the discs might be a result of smaller planetary particles.

Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:39pm

The estate hopes to create a centre from which astronomers can explore the dark skies of Wales.

New detection method observes changes in circumstellar dust and gas rings
Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:55am

The detection of very young planets in the discs of newborn stars isn't always easy, due to the dust and gas contained within the discs. But a new method of detection looking at the spirals around young stars could help reveal both the number and masses of planets.

Rosetta's discovery marks the first 'in situ' detection of the gas at a comet
Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:58am

The confirmation of oxygen at 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko is the first in situ detection of the gas at a comet, and has the potential to throw some models of the formation of the Solar System into question.

A team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured the most detailed images...
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