Astronomy News

Are the bursts caused by neutron stars – or aliens?
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:00pm

Are fast radio bursts caused by neutron stars – or aliens? New observations of FRB 121102 hope to reveal the origins of these energetic eruptions.

All you need to know to enter the world's premier astrophoto competition
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:34am

Marking its tenth anniversary, the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition returns for 2018 with its biggest ever exhibition in a new dedicated space.

Here's all you need to know to enter.

Observations of a Sun-like star could help predict the solar cycle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:36pm

A new study of a star similar to the Sun, but with more heavy elements in its core, could help researchers understand the 11-year solar cycle and its impact on Earth's climate.

Apollo 16 astronaut mourned by NASA and space community
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:13am

NASA astronaut and Apollo Moon-walker John Young has passed away, aged 87.

The find could mean we can expect to see more gravitational waves in future
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:39pm

The Galaxy appears to have an excess of very massive stars. The find could mean we can expect to see more gravitational waves in future.

Super-Earths with thick atmospheres could host life around spinning stars
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:42am

Pulsar stars are spinning neutron stars that blast out pulses of radiation, but astronomers believe they may be able to support orbiting habitable planets.

Study suggests our Sun and planets formed around a Wolf-Rayet star
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:07pm

A study from the University of Chicago suggests a new scenario for the birth of our Solar System.

X-ray observations reveal how important elements are distributed
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:42pm

The study of the remains of exploded stars can tell us alot about the elements that make up the Universe we see around us.

Kepler-90 system now matches our own Solar System
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:41pm

Our Solar System is no longer the only eight-planet system we know of, following a new discovery made by artificial intelligence.

For more on how artificial intelligence can help astronomers, pick up a copy of the January issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, out 21 December 2017.

The elusive gift-giver could be hiding on an icy moon
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:01pm

Could Santa have moved his workshop to one of the icy moons of the Solar System? The frozen worlds are thought to be our best chance of finding life off of Earth, but could they also be home to Father Christmas's hideaway?

Jon Powell discusses the need to keep warm during winter observing
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:43am

Tis the season for Christmas jumpers, hats, gloves, and of course, socks! All of these items can be put to good use under the cold winter night skies, writes Jon Powell.

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:04pm

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores this enduring mystery.

Follow our guide to spotting one of the best meteor showers of the year
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:27pm

Follow our observing guide to make the most of one of the best meteor showers of the year, and see a host of shooting stars lighting up the winter sky.

News of the UK astronaut's next flight begins to emerge
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:54pm

News of Tim Peake’s next mission is starting to emerge - he could be taking a seat on a future American spacecraft. Nick Spall spoke to him at the European Astronaut Centre to find out more.

Astronomers discover object from just 690 million years after Big Bang
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:01pm

Astronomers have observed the most distant black hole ever discovered, as part of a study that could reveal more about the conditions of the early Universe.

Study of star system reveals a potentially rocky world like Earth
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:30pm

The study of a planet orbiting a star outside our Solar System has revealed it could be a rocky world like Earth, and that it has a planetary neighbour.

Study raises questions as to identity of mystery objects
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:00pm

The study of planet-like bodies has revealed they are very similar to brown dwarfs. Are these objects in fact failed stars?

Our pick of the top astronomy and space reads released this year
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:29am

Looking for a Secret Santa gift for an astronomer or space fan, or perhaps searching for a good read to break up the Christmas shopping?

Look no further than our pick of the top 12 books that should be on your Santa list this festive season, selected from our monthly book reviews during 2017.

Protostars resist powerful forces that should be tearing them apart
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:43am

At the centre of the Milky Way lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers have discovered 11 stars orbiting nearby, resisting the incredible forces that should be tearing the stars apart.

Spruce up your Christmas tree this year with our edible decorations
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:49am

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour pays tribute to the winter nights of stargazing with some festive stellar Christmas tree ornaments.

Katharine Kilgour likes to combine her love of astronomy with her love of cooking, making tasty treats to feed herself, her friends and her family Astro-boy (aged 12), Astro-girl (aged 16) and Astro-dad.

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