Astronomy News

Water was spotted spread across the asteroid’s surface
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:27pm

Water has been spotted across the surface of asteroid Bennu by NASA's OSIRIS REX spacecraft. The probe will spend several years investigating the space rock, eventually returning a sample to Earth in 2023.

The NASA probe is the second man-made object to leave the Solar System
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:51pm

NASA's Voyager 2 probe has passed through the heliopause, making it the second spacecraft to enter interstellar space. 

Looking back on the Christmas mission that changed our view of Earth
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:19am

On Christmas Eve 1968, the first mission to the Moon changed how we view our home planet forever.

Elizabeth Pearson tells the story of the first manned lunar return.

NASA scientist reveals achievements of Kepler mission, and what lies ahead
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:56am

The Kepler space telescope may have run out fuel, but for NASA scientists there is alot of important work yet to be done.

We spoke to Kepler scientist Geert Barentsen to find out what the mission has achieved, and what lies ahead.

Read an excerpt from a new book by Dr Paul Parsons
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:19am

Dark matter remains one of the unsolved mysteries in astronomy. In an excerpt from The Beginning and the End of Everything, a new book by Dr Paul Parsons, the author explores how the concept was first conceived.

Our pick of the best astronomy and space titles from the past 12 months
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:58pm

Looking for a Christmas present for the astronomer or space fan in your life, or in need of a good read to take you away from the festive hubbub?

We present our favourite 12 books from the past year of reviews in BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

1954, a massive bruise turns into a massive legal wrangle
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:58am

The only recorded case of a person being injured by a meteor happened on this day 64 years ago. What followed was a bizarre legal case about who owned the space rock.

Win a new book on how Hasselblad cameras captured the moonlandings
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:41am

Enter our competition to win one of three copies of Hasselblad & the Moon Landing, a new book that looks at the history of the Apollo 11 mission through the lens of the famous Hasselblad cameras.



Latest Mars mission to discover the secrets hidden deep within the Red Planet
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:24pm

NASA's latest Mars mission will attempt to discover the secrets that lie beneath the surface of the Red Planet.

Elizabeth Pearson reveals how InSight will operate, and what NASA scientists hope to learn.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:17am


In the latest episode of the Radio Astronomy podcast, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look back on their favourite space stories of the year, and find out how to capture images of Mars that can be used for science.


An historic conversation looking ahead to an extraordinary mission
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:53am

The Kepler space telescope has now retired, and it's safe to say it has changed our view of the Universe forever.

But, as this archive 2009 interview with then Kepler principal investigator Bill Borucki reveals, the project was initially difficult to get off the ground.

The story of the space rock that crashed through the roof of a Welsh hotel
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:44am

The residents of Beddgelert in North Wales were surprised when, one day in 1949, a meteorite crashed through the roof of a local hotel. The event has gone down in local history.

Katrin Raynor Evans, librarian at Cardiff Astronomical Society, reveals the story of the Beddgelert meteorite.

We speak to the man who helped the Moon-walkers return safely to Earth
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:59pm

Jack Clemons is a spaceflight engineer who worked throughout the Apollo and Shuttle missions helping astronauts return safely to Earth.

We spoke to Jack about the excitment of the Apollo era, the workings of NASA Mission Control and where spaceflight might take humanity next.

Apollo 13, the space race and the future of NASA
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:56pm

We speak to former NASA scientist of the Apollo era David Baker about the space race and putting humans on the Moon.

How the exoplanet-hunting telescope changed our view of the Universe
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:24am

After nine years in deep space, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel. 

Paul F Cockburn asks what it’s shown us.

An interview with Professor Chris Impey on the cosmic enigmas
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:03am

What are black holes? What role do they play in the formation of galaxies, and could a civilisation ever harness their energy? We spoke to Professor Chris Impey, author of Einstein's Monsters, to get answers to some of the biggest questions in the Universe.

Win a copy of a new guide to the night sky
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:00am


Enter our competition to win one of three copies of Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations, written by Sara Gillingham and published by Phaidon.

Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 or over.


Spacecraft runs out of fuel after decade of discovery at asteroid belt
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:04am

After a decade of scientific discovery in the asteroid belt, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has run out of fuel.

Jasmin Fox-Skelly looks back on its biggest discoveries.

Win a copy of Brian May's new 3-D book on the Space Race
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:03am

Enter our competition to win one of two signed copies of Mission Moon 3-D, a new book about the Space Race conceived by Brian May and published by the London Stereoscopic Company.

Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 or over.


The LHC experiments recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:55pm

The Large Hadron Collider experiments recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang. Scientists have found that the plasma created during that time acted like a fluid.

A long, hard look at the Whirlpool galaxy with NASA's NuSTAR mission has revealed a...
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By collecting data around the clock, NASA's lander will provide unique science about the...
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