Astronomy News

Volunteers help NASA scientists hone in on Martian surface features
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:11am

Volunteer citizen scientists have been helping NASA scientists get closer to geological features on the surface of Mars.

Orbiter arrives safely, but whereabouts of lander yet to be confirmed
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:56pm

The Trace Gas Orbiter that is part of the ExoMars 2016 mission to study the Red Planet has arrived safely in orbit, but contact has not yet been made with the Schiaparelli lander.

Pay tribute to the gas giant Jupiter with some tasty shortbread treats
Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:02am

In the first of a new series bringing the cosmos into the kitchen, amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour pays tribute to the gas giant Jupiter with some tasty shortbread treats.

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.

Jamie Carter visits the historic Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:28am

More people have looked through Griffith Observatory’s 12-inch refracting Zeiss telescope in Los Angeles than through any other on Earth. Astrophotographer and writer Jamie Carter joins the throngs in the Hollywood hills. 

Deep field data from Hubble shines light on unobservable galaxies
Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:03am

Astronomers have used data from the Hubble Space Telescope to conclude that there are ten times as many galaxies in the Universe than we can currently observe.

Binary star system found containing three rotating discs of gas and dust
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:13am

Astronomers have spotted something never before seen in the Universe: a binary star system with three planet-forming discs surrounding it.

Bright object may have been dragged by colliding galaxies
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:09pm

A 'hyperluminous X-ray source' has been identified as a massive black hole that may have wandered into another galaxy.

Hubble observations enable astronomers to get to the bottom of the mystery
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:54am

Astronomers have been studying a binary star system in the hope of explaining the source of balls of plasma seen firing out into space.

Win the new introductory guide written by Royal Observatory astronomers
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:07am

New to astronomy? Enter our competition for the chance to win one of five copies of a new introductory guide written by astronomers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Study suggests water jets once burst through the moon's surface
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:31am

Dione could be the latest moon in our Solar System on which a subsurface ocean has been found, according to a new study.

Further observations raise more questions about the star's change in brightness
Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:48am

Observations to explain why a star in our Galaxy is periodically dimming in brightness have added to the mystery behind its puzzling behaviour.

How will the spacecraft spend its final moments, and what has it taught us?
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:18am
The Rosetta spacecraft's mission has ended, following its impact onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now, mission scientists will begin processing Rosetta data to learn more about comets and their place in the history of the Solar System. We look at what the mission has taught us so far.
MESSENGER images reveal fault scarps that show planet is still contracting
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:34pm

Mercury can be grouped together with Earth as another tectonically active planet in our Solar System, according to a study that used images captured by the MESSENGER space probe.

Hubble Space Telescope spots what may eruptions from subsurface ocean
Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:55am

Observations using the Hubble Space Telescope may have revealed surprising activity in Europa's subsurface ocean, causing water vapour to erupt from its surface.

Tidal locking suggests salty sea could be beneath dwarf planet's surface
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:45pm

A study has calculated that Pluto could be hosting an ocean below its surface with a salt content similar to the Dead Sea on Earth.

Hubble confirms planet detected by the effect of its mass on spacetime
Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:50am

Astronomers have been able to discover an exoplanet orbiting two suns by observing how its mass warps spacetime.

Observations reveal galaxies lying at the heart of a huge hydrogen cloud
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:44pm

Astronomers believe they may have solved the mystery behind a huge, bright cloud of gas found 11.5 billion lightyears away.

Discovery of ancient lakes pushes timescale for presence of water forward
Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:49pm

New discoveries of ancient lakes and valleys on the Red Planet are helping scientists uncover the story of water on Mars, and whether microbial life could once have existed.

Key stage in star's life captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:02am

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have been able to observe a key stage in the evolution of a star in real time.

Find almost doubles the amount of known ancient quasars
Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:24pm

Quasars are thought to be some of the first light sources to have formed in the Universe, but finding ancient specimens to study is a tricky task. A team of astronomers has found a batch of specimens that nearly doubles the amount of ancient quasars that we know of.

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