Astronomy News

Structure similar size to Milky Way contains one hundredth the amount of stars
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:02am

The exact nature of the allusive substance known as dark matter remains a mystery, but observations of massive cosmic structures may hold the key. The latest discovery is a galaxy that consists almost entirely of dark matter.

Exoplanet found orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our planet
Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:23am

The search for exoplanets continues in the hope of finding a rocky, habitable planet like our own. The latest discovery is a rocky planet orbiting the closest star to Earth.

Discovery offers astronomers a rare glimpse of process in action
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:13pm

Astronomers have spotted a young, massive star still in its early ages of formation, offering a rare glimpse into an important stage in the formation of massive stars.

Spectroscopic method will help rover select samples for analysis on Earth
Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:24pm

A spectroscopic method used by geologists on Earth could help NASA's new Mars rover look for signs of life on the Red Planet.

How to view next year's total solar eclipse, and where to see it
Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:44pm

On 21 August 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible over the USA. With 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.

A first look at the legendary composer's tribute to ESA's daring mission
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:16am

Legendary composer Vangelis has created a new album dedicated to the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.

Dwarf galaxies could provide a snapshot of the early Universe
Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:06pm

A pair of galaxies have wandered into a crowded region of space, having spent most of their existence in isolation.

Observations reveal connection between stellar mass and rate of rotation
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:52pm

Learning more about the spinning properties of stars could reveal more about how they form, evolve, and whether they are likely to host habitable planets.

Channel network confirmed to be flooded with hydrocarbon liquid
Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:43pm

Saturn's moon Titan is already known to host seas of liquid methane, but now Cassini has discovered flooded canyons branching out from one of its northern seas.

Impacts most likely irradiate organics hiding beneath Martian surface
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:20pm

The force of impact from meteor strikes appears to irradicate all traces of organic material in the Martian surface, scuppering hopes that the events could be used as a cheap method of excavation on the surface of Mars.

Jupiter's shadow causes volcanic moon's atmosphere to freeze and thaw
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:18am

For the first time, astronomers have been able to observe the effect on Jupiter's moon Io as the planet's eclipse plunges it into cold darkness.

Make the most of one of the year's best meteor showers with our simple guide
Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:47pm

With the peak of the Perseid meteor shower approaching, the coming week provides ample opportunity to witness one of the best celestial displays of the year.

Area lacking young stars stretches 8,000 lightyears from galactic centre
Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:53am

Observations of the centre of the Milky Way have revealed an area devoid of young stars stretching 8,000 lightyears.

Spacecraft prepares to fly round for first close look at the gas giant
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:33pm

NASA's Juno spacecraft has reached its farthest point from Jupiter in its orbit of the planet and is now coming back round for its first up-close look.

Study points to prominent feature as mysterious source of high temperatures
Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:41pm

A new study reveals that the source of unusual heating in Jupiter's upper atmosphere could be its most famous feature.

Mis-identified binary system rediscovered by amateurs and academics
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:03pm

A new type of binary star system has been observed in which a white dwarf blasts its red dwarf companion with radiation, yet the source of the radiation remains unclear.

Study of dwarf planet's surface shows craters may have been erased over time
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:19pm

Studies of Ceres' surface show a distinct lack of craters, revealing clues about the history of its formation and evolution.

First study of Earth-sized planets' atmospheres beyond the Solar System
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:51pm

A Hubble Space Telescope study reveals information about two exoplanets' atmospheres, paving the way for similar studies with future telescopes.

Sudden brightening of star offers astronomers unique observation
Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:37am

The line marking the transition in a protoplanetary disc from gas to ice has been observed clearly for the first time, after a young star's sudden burst in temperature caused it to shift dramatically.

Elliptical discovered to be a massive spiral constructed the wrong way round
Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:49pm

Galaxy formation normally occurs from the inside out, with the outer sections containing younger stars than the middle. But new studies of an elliptical galaxy have revealed it is in fact a massive spiral whose sections have formed the other way round.

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