Astronomy News

Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:26pm

The ESA technology blurs the line between manned and robotic exploration

Einstein's theory of relativity enables new calculation method
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:51am

Galaxy clusters could be used as markers to investigate dark energy, the invisible and mysterious energy causing the expansion of the Universe.

Spacecraft continues to show the secrets of the Saturn system
Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:36pm

The Cassini spacecraft has revealed liquid methane seas on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, according to data collected since 2007.

Kuiper Belt observations reveal satellite orbiting Pluto-like dwarf planet
Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:28am

Hubble observations have revealed a moon surrounding the second second brightest dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt.

Astronomers discover ancient population of stars at the centre of the Milky Way
Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:54pm

An ancient population of stars has been discovered at the centre of the Milky Way, revealing a view into the formation of the Galaxy.

Final pieces of data collected by spacecraft alter view of polar atmosphere
Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:51am

The final scraps of data collected by Venus Express before its mission ended have revealed unexpected results regarding the planet's polar atmosphere.

Observations challenge theories of stellar acceleration
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:14pm
A hypervelocity star discovered travelling close to the escape veolcity of our Galaxy has been revealed as a wide binary, making it the first to be found travelling at such a high speed.
Jamie Carter looks at the astronomical treats waiting south of the equator
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:14pm
There's a whole new set of constellations, bright stars and deep sky objects waiting for stargazers venturing south of the equator, writes astronomy author and science writer Jamie Carter.
Dust grains detected from beyond our Solar System reveal surprising uniformity
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:41pm

The analysis of cosmic dust is a key aspect of NASA's Cassini mission, providing information as to the chemical composition of our Solar System. But data sent back to Earth by Cassini has revealed some of the grains it analysed originate from interstellar space, with unexpected results.

Stephen Hawking reveals initiative to send robots 4 lightyears into space
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:49am

The idea of sending robots over 4 lightyears into space to search for alien life may seem like the plot of a sci-fi movie, but a new project announced by Stephen Hawking is seeking to do just that.

Astronomers observe black hole jets to reveal surprising uniformity
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:13am

Fluctuations in the early Universe could be responsible for the unexpected discovery of a collection of black holes that are all shooting out jets in the same direction.

Discovery adds to understanding of planetary migration
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:34pm

New observations have discovered an astronomical rarity: a 'hot Jupiter' residing within a three-star system.

Royal Observatory Greenwich's Tom Kerss reveals how to capture a nightscape
Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:41pm

The winners of this year's Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year competition are due to be announced at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on 15 September. As judging gets underway, ROG astronomer Tom Kerss reveals his tips for capturing a magnificent nightscape.

As told to Lorin R Robinson.

Photography expert Lorin Robinson reveals the top tips of previous winners
Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:58am
With the entry deadline looming for this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition, photography expert and writer Lorin R Robinson talks to previous winners to get their advice on how to make sure your astrophotos stand out from the crowd.
Discovery of black hole in sparsely populated area could be 'tip of the iceberg'
Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:13pm

Supermassive black holes are a common feature at the centre of galaxies, but have only ever been found in those specimens densely populated by stars - until now.

Remnants of stellar explosions have been discovered on our oceans' floors
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:23am

The remnants of a supernova that exploded 300 lightyears from Earth have been discovered on the floors of our oceans, according to a new study.

Elusive type of 'dead' star finally spotted in nearby galaxy
Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:15pm

Despite extensive studies of the Andromeda Galaxy over the past decades, astronomers had been unable to pinpoint an unusual type of star known as a spinning neutron: until now.

Unprecedented clarity allows astronomers view of developing planetary system
Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:17am

The study of a nearby star using the ALMA telescope is helping astronomers view a young planetary system - and possibly a young Earth - in the early stages of formation.

New study suggests our lunar companion could solve classical paradox
Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:23pm

The Moon may be a major factor in keeping Earth’s magnetic field, according to new research.

New study challenges leading theory as to how scorching gas giants form
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:29pm

The study of exoplanets over the past decade has revealed much about the properties of other plantaery systems and how they form. A new study using the Spitzer Space Telescope is providing clues as to the formation of a type of scorching gas giant called 'hot Jupiters'.

PRISM is advancing scientists' ability to study hard-to-see phenomena in coastal waters...
Jupiter is now the most dominant gravitational force in the Juno spacecraft's universe.
Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a...
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