Astronomy News

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.

Kepler Space Telescope spots Jupiter sized planet transiting binary star system
Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:40am

The Kepler Space Telescope continues to reveal the stars and planets that exist beyond our Solar System. Now the telescope has broken a new record, after astronomers spotted a massive Jupiter-sized planet orbiting two stars.

Chaotic feeding process is directly observed for the first time
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:21pm

New observations with ESO's ALMA telescope have changed astronomers' perception of how black holes feed.

Atmospheric temperature analysis proves an efficient detection method
Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:26pm

Mars orbiters have managed to detect patterns in the dust storms occurring on Mars.

Water on massive, scorching exoplanets could be hidden by opaque clouds
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:23pm

The study of exoplanets is key to understanding how our own Solar System formed. But a new study suggests that observations of a massive type of exoplanet called hot Jupiters have been hindered by cloudy and hazy atmospheres.

Study finds elements are ejected from galaxies rather than being recycled
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:27pm

A new study reveals that galaxies are not as efficient at creating stars as originally thought.

Test confirms the potential for space-based gravitational wave observatory
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:32pm

A space-based observatory will be necessary to continue more detailed studies of gravitational waves in the future. This ambitious project has moved closer to realisation with the successful deployment of ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission.

Plumes of ammonia key to planet's dynamic atmosphere
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:32pm

Radio wavelength images of Jupiter's atmosphere have revealed the cycle of ammonia that produces the planet's equatorial clouds.

Hubble observations allow calculations a higher degree of accuracy
Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:27pm

The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed that the modern Universe is expanding at a faster rate than it did shortly after the Big Bang.

Convection movements in nitrogen ice continually refresh surface material
Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:36am

Geological activity in Pluto's heart-shaped region is continuously recycling surface nitrogen ice through a lava lamp-like convection current.

UK astronaut picks the best of his own ISS images ahead of this year's final
Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:12pm

As judging gets underway for this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, British astronaut Tim Peake was asked by the Royal Observatory Greenwich to select which of his many photos captured from the International Space Station might stand a chance of winning.

Discovery contradicts theory that bigger planets take longer to form
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:37am

The search for young planetary systems continues, as astronomers look to piece together the story of how planets form. A team of scientists seeking out young stars have found a massive planet, bigger than Jupiter, orbiting a specimen just two million years old.

Rosetta results reveal comets could have brought life to Earth
Tue May 31, 2016 11:05am

Were the ingredients that kick-started life on Earth delivered by a comet or asteroid crash-landing on our planet? New data from ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed this could have been the case.

Study finds glacial period ended on Red Planet 400,000 years ago
Fri May 27, 2016 11:22am

Understanding Mars's climate history is key to understanding how its landscape has changed over time. NASA scientists have made a leap forward in the study of the Martian climate with the discovery of evidence of an ice age 400,000 years ago.

Stargaze at Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant's on-site observatory
Thu May 26, 2016 10:17am

Enter our competition for the chance to win a break for two at a dark-sky hotel in Northumberland, complete with access to its on-site observatory.

Evidence found that cosmic giants formed through collapse of gas clouds
Wed May 25, 2016 11:45am

Researchers have discovered two objects that could be the 'seeds' of supermassive black holes, and could help explain why early black holes grew so quickly after the Big Bang.

Ultraviolet detection adds fresh craters to Moon's collision history
Tue May 24, 2016 4:21pm

Astronomers continue to search the Solar System for impact craters that can reveal the secrets of its formation. Two relatively young craters have been found on the Moon using a new technique that involves ultraviolet light.

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