Astronomy News

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.

25 years after docking at Mir, Sharman reminisces with her crew
Mon May 23, 2016 5:03pm

25 years after docking at Mir, Sharman reminisces with her crew and chats with current UK astronaut Tim Peake

Gravitational lensing reveals object at end of reionisation epoch
Mon May 23, 2016 2:08pm

Gravitational lensing enables astronomers to use massive objects like galaxy clusters as natural magnifying glasses to spot more distant objects lurking behind them. The technique has now been used to detect and confirm the faintest early-Universe galaxy ever observed.

New study offers solution as to lack of evidence of Red Planet's vast ocean
Thu May 19, 2016 2:56pm

Massive tsunamis on ancient Mars helped shape the Martian shoreline, according to a new study.

In 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton to fly in space. BBC Sky at Night
Wed May 18, 2016 12:55pm

In 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton to fly in space. BBC Sky at Night Magazine interviewed her to ask how the last 25 years have changed for Britain in space

Oxygen and hydrogen ratios could be similar to those present in Earth's waters
Wed May 18, 2016 12:47pm

A study comparing the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa with the ocean on Earth has revealed the two are more similar than expected, and that the former may have the necessary chemical balance to support life.

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, celebrates the 25th anniversary of her
Wed May 18, 2016 9:30am

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, celebrates the 25th anniversary of her launch on 18 May 2016. Here we look back on the history of Britain’s journey to the stars. 

Four-planet system could reveal the early synced orbits of Solar System giants
Tue May 17, 2016 2:59pm

The discovery of a planetary system with synced orbits may be evidence of an orbital configuration from which Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune broke free during the early years of the Solar System.

Crossing of magnetic boundaries thought to be responsible for space storms
Fri May 13, 2016 3:29pm

The crossing of the magnetic boundaries between Earth and the Sun is thought to be responsible for solar flares and space weather. For the first time, NASA spacecraft have observed the explosive process in action.

Nine specimens discovered orbiting their stars' 'habitable' zones
Wed May 11, 2016 2:58pm

NASA's Kepler space telescope continues to expand both our knowledge of the Universe and the liklihood of finding potentially habitable, Earth-sized planets.

Jamie Carter travels to Fuerteventura for a night photography course
Wed May 11, 2016 11:51am

Astrophotographer and astronomy author Jamie Carter travels to the UNESCO Starlight Reserve of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands for a four-day night photography course.

Analysis of gas and dust contrasts NASA scientists' predictions
Mon May 09, 2016 3:38pm

Through analysing the jets that spew out from beneath the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA scientists hope to learn more about the workings of the icy body's sub-surface ocean.

Mercury to cross the face of the Sun in rare astronomical event
Fri May 06, 2016 10:52am
On Monday 9 May astronomers will be treated to a rare occurrence as Mercury passes across the face of the Sun, appearing as a dark dot traversing the bright solar disc.
Eta Aquariids viewable as Earth passes through debris left by Halley's Comet
Thu May 05, 2016 12:44pm

Did you manage to glimpse a meteor this morning? Earth is currently passing through the trail of debris left by Halley's Comet, resulting in a meteor shower that is currently at its peak.

Mars Orbiter detects minerals consistent with similar sites on Earth
Wed May 04, 2016 12:02pm

Comparing minerals detected on the surface of Mars with those found on Earth can reveal much about the geological history of the Red Planet and how it has changed over time.

Three worlds are discovered with the potential for hosting life as we know it
Tue May 03, 2016 11:42am

The hunt for habitable exoplanets continues with the discovery of three promising worlds orbiting a dwarf star 40 lightyears from Earth.

Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:26pm

The ESA technology blurs the line between manned and robotic exploration

This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic tadpole, with its bright...
A new map created with measurements from an airborne instrument developed by NASA's Jet...
Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once...
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