Astronomy News

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.

Funding to provide a new space technology facility and air-breathing engine
Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:42pm

A UK spaceflight test centre and an air-breathing rocket have moved one step closer following new investment in British space technologies.

Icy world spotted with 700-year elliptical orbit on the edge of the Solar System
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:20pm

A dwarf planet has been discovered in the ring of icy worlds beyond Neptune, on a 700-year orbit.

Seasonal dark streaks could be explained by the presence of water
Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:39pm

The discovery of seasonal dark streaks in the canyons of Mars has given scientists more clues as to the possibility that liquid water flows on the planet.

Presence of hydrogen cyanide suggests prebiotic conditions
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:12pm

Cold temperatures and harsh conditions make Titan one of the last places in the Solar System we might expect life to exist. But data sent back by the Cassini-Huygens mission has revealed the Saturnian moon could contain the right chemicals for certain kinds of life to flourish.

How will the spacecraft spend the next 20 months in Jupiter's orbit?
Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:06pm

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is currently in orbit around Jupiter following its five-year journey from Earth to study the planet, but what is the mission’s purpose, and what exactly will it be studying?

Study reveals why the Red Planet ended up with two orbiting moons
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:02am

Were Mars's moons the result of a massive impact on the Red Planet, or the capture of two asteroids that got too close? A new study may have the answer.

NASA spacecraft begins analysing gas giant's magnetosphere
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:51pm

NASA's Juno spacecraft has entered Jupiter's "home turf" on its way to study the planet and its four large moons.

Dawn data reveals salt may have been deposited by a subsurface ocean
Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:55am

Dawn data has revealed the bright spots on Ceres may have been caused by hydrothermal activity when liquid water existed below the surface of the dwarf planet.

ESA/NASA mission will observe effects of collision with asteroid's moon
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:07pm

ESA and NASA are collaborating on a future mission to examine how asteroids might be deflected away from Earth.

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.

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