Astronomy News

Hot gas outflow changes temperature and chemical makeup in matter of hours
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:12pm

For the first time, astronomers have been able to observe the chemical and temperature changes in black hole winds occuring over a matter of hours.

We have five copies of Penguin's latest children's title to give away
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:11pm

We’ve teamed up with Penguin Random House to give away five copies of one of their newest children’s titles.

Cold War-comedy addresses the world's biggest conspiracy theory
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:04am

Iain Todd reviews Operation Avalanche, a Cold War comedy about a pair of CIA agents who find themselves faking the Apollo Moon landing.

Dust traps could be responsible for growth of entire planetary systems
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:12pm

A missing link in planetary formation could be explained by so-called ‘dust traps’ that form around young stars, causing cosmic dust to accumulate and eventually form planetary bodies.

Preparations underway for late 2018 trip into space
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:34am

Two private passengers are due to take the trip of a lifetime on a mission around the Moon in late 2018, SpaceX has announced.

Submit your best snaps to the biggest astrophotography competition on Earth!
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:00pm

Astrophotographers at the ready! The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced entries are now being accepted for this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Neural network enables computer programme to resolve deep-sky images
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:59pm

A computer system that is able to learn like a human brain could be used in future to push past the limits of optical telescopes and view deep-sky objects in greater detail.

Glowing Nebula spotted in early galaxies with no apparent source of light
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:14pm

A massive glowing 'blob' has been discovered at the heart of a group of early galaxies, but no source of energy for its light can be found.

Rocky exoplanets discovered, some of which could host liquid water
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:00pm

Astronomers have announced the discovery of seven Earth-like worlds orbiting a star close to our Solar System.

Satellite launches and zero gravity experiments part of new government plans
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:55pm

Satellites will be launched from the UK for the first time by 2020 and British medical scientists will soon be conducting experiments in zero gravity, according to plans unveiled by the government to boost commercial spaceflight in Britain.

Object is one thousand times brighter than previously though possible
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:31pm

The discovery of a pulsar that is ten times brighter than the previous record holder is causing astronomers to rethink what we know about stars.

Scientists examine centuries-old phenomenon of rustling space rocks
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:26pm

Has the reported phenomenon of 'hissing' meteors finally been explained?

NASA citizen science project to look for bodies lurking beyond Neptune
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:06pm

If you've ever fancied becoming a planet hunter, now's your chance! NASA scientists are looking for help analysing data in the hope of discovering the ninth member of our Solar System.

Elliptical orbit causes regular stellar pulsations
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:44pm

A massive exoplanet has been observed causing heartbeat-like pulsations in its host star as it swings round its elliptical orbit.

Study sees largest compilation of exoplanet detecting observations ever made
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:17am

A search for planets outside our Solar System has discovered over 100 candidates, and scientists are asking the public to help with analysing the data.

Bake our astro-inspired dessert this Valentine's Day
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:25pm

Our regular astrobaker Katharine Kilgour turns to one of the most familiar deep-sky objects as inspiration for this Valentine's Day cheesecake.

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.

Catch the comet's close approach in the early hours over the coming week
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:49pm

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is due to make its closest approach to Earth this weekend, and with a bit of careful planning, you should be able to spot it over the coming week.

Astronomer Jon Powell looks back on the famous comet's 1986 appearance
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:50pm

With Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova making its close approach to Earth this week, amateur astronomer Jonathan Powell looks back on the return of Comet 1P/Halley (Halley's Comet) in 1986, and how he let two opportunities for outreach pass him by.

Discovery suggests belt of comet-like objects has survived stellar evolution
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:21pm

The discovery of a comet-like icy body being ripped apart in the atmosphere of a white dwarf star suggests a belt of such objects exists in another planetary system, and has survived stellar evolution.

Rocks indicate liquid water, but also a lack of warming carbon dioxide
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:49pm

NASA scientists are currently attemtping to resolve a paradox in data collected on Mars that says flowing water once existed on the planet, but that it also may not have been hot enough to keep water unfrozen.

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