Astronomy News

Stumped over Christmas presents? Read our pick of this year's best astro-lit
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:59pm

Still in a pickle as to what to buy the astronomer or space fan in your life, or perhaps looking for a good read to take you away from the festive hubbub? Look no further than our pick of the top 12 books that should be on your Santa list this Christmas, selected from the past year's monthly reviews in BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Study looks at the source of a growing galaxy 10 billion lightyears away
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:01pm

The study of a growing galaxy 10 billion lightyears away has sparked a new theory as to how the largest galaxies in the Universe form.

Initial data reveals stunning bird's-eye views of Red Planet surface
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:40pm

The first images captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter have been released by the European Space Agency, hinting at the close-up images of the Martian surface that are yet to come.

Subsurface basin could provide resource for future missions to Red Planet
Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:01am

The discovery of a large body of water ice the size of Lake Superior could provide future human missions to Mars with a valuable resource.

Will Gater brings the history of the Sun and planets to the people of Somerset
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:21am

Those who didn't fancy watching the X Factor on Saturday evening were treated to an expansive and exciting theatre show called Story of the Solar System. 

Spacecraft to fly close to planet's rings during final daring manoeuvres
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:04pm

Cassini's mission studying Saturn and its moons is rapidly coming to a close, but the spacecraft still has a few daring manoeuvres up its sleeve.

Huge landform could be a result of the planet's contraction
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:47am

A large valley has been discovered on Mercury that could be evidence of buckling of the planet's crust due to its cooling.

November full Moon to be the ‘biggest’ in 70 years, but what does this mean?
Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:37pm

This month’s full Moon is set to be the ‘biggest’ in about 70 years. But what can observers actually expect to see, and should we believe the hype?

Protoplanetary discs observed, revealing young planets influence their form
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:10pm

Observations of newborn stars have revealed how young planets influence the shape of the discs from which they grow.

Stephen Hawking's life-searching project turns to our closest star system
Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:32am

The search for life outside of Earth is focussing its attentions on our nearest star system.

Supermassive object is thought to be the survivor of a violent collision
Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:34pm

Astronomers searching for signs of galactic mergers have spotted a supermassive black hole apparently 'fleeing' from one such collision.

Rover zaps Red Planet rock with lasers to reveal chemical composition
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:31pm

The Curiosity rover continues to traverse Martian terrain looking for clues that will help scientists piece together the geological and environmental history of the Red Planet. Its latest find is a meteorite that fell from the Martian sky.

Observations of Carina Nebula reveal how stars destroy their cosmic birthplace
Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:30pm

Astronomers have observed the process by which pillar structures of gas and dust are blown apart by radiation from the stars they helped create.

Win tickets to a new stage show exploring how the Sun and planets came to be
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:59am

Astronomy journalist and presenter Will Gater is bringing his live show The Story of the Solar System to the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre in Somerset this month, and we have a pair of tickets to give away!

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures Schiaparelli's impact crater and debris
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:53pm

New images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter appear to show the final landing site of the Schiaparelli lander, its parachute and heat shield.

Discovery has implications for our knowledge of galaxy formation
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:50am

The unexpected discovery of glowing halos around a batch of quasars suggests that increased observing power is changing what we know about the Universe.

Observations of flares in brightness defy explanation by astronomers
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:56am

Two mysterious sources of X-ray flares have been observed near distant galaxies and could represent an entirely new type of object.

Conundrum could be solved by the existence of a massive, distant planet
Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:46am

The existence of a ninth planet in our Solar System could provide the solution to an age-old problem concerning the orbits of the planets.

Voyager 2 data prompts new discovery, 30 years on
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:21am

30 years on, data from NASA's Voyager 2 mission continues to throw up new discoveries. The latest is two previously unknown moonlets thought to be orbiting Uranus.

Get out and get meteor spotting with our guide to observing this year's Orionids
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:47am

The Orionid meteor shower season is peaking, meaning it’s time to get outside and look up in the hope of spotting a celestial fireball in the sky.

NASA has selected a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend our nation's...
Analysis of a giant new galaxy survey, made with ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope in Chile, suggests that...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since...
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