Astronomy News

Milestone in exoplanet hunting project through microlensing technique
Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:17am

An ongoing hunt to find exoplanets orbiting far from their own star has made a welcome discovery.

Phenomenon spotted 10,000 times more powerful than ever observed
Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:17pm

The discovery of aurora on a low-mass star 18 lightyears from Earth is teaching scientists more about the outer atmospheres of exoplanets.

Dwarf planet's peaks and troughs shown in data released by NASA
Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:02am

New data released by NASA from the Dawn mission in the form of colourful maps shows the peaks and troughs on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres.

American Astrophotographers plan the hike of a lifetime
Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:35pm

A pair of astrophotographers are currently preparing the project of a lifetime; a 338km hike along America’s famous John Muir Trail to photograph the night sky through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California.

Dust pillars reveal galactic evolution process in new detail
Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:31pm

A study of cosmic winds is revealing more about how they effect the evolution of galaxies.

Study could answer question as to how brown dwarfs are formed
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:46pm

An analysis of a patch of still-forming brown dwarfs shows they may propel jets outward from a surrounding disc in much the same way as young forming stars.

Kepler-452b discovered in 'habitable zone' around its parent star
Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:18am

The discovery of a new habitable planet like our own marks a milestone in the journey to find a second Earth.

Chandra observations capture cosmic clump accelerating into space
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:07am

Observations by Chandra are providing NASA with new insight into the power of pulsars. 

New Horizons uncovers dwarf planet topography in greater detail
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:17am

The latest data from New Horizons has revealed more about Pluto's topography, including a mountain range in the southwest region of its heart-shaped feature.

Coma cluster study explains how dead galaxies avoid being ripped apart
Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:09am

A study of the Coma Cluster suggests it could contain 100 times more dark matter than visible matter. 

New Horizons data shows broken surface surrounded by shallow troughs
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:16am

Data from New Horizons revealing an icy, craterless plain on Pluto shows preliminary results sent back to Earth continue to exceed missions scientists' expectations.

Discovery could further understanding of Type Ia supernovae explosions
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:01pm

The Gaia satellite has spotted a unique binary star system that could help scientists learn more about Type Ia supernovae and the expansion of the Universe.

New Horizons images capture Pluto, Charon and Hydra
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:27am

New images sent back to Earth from the New Horizons mission have surpassed expectations, NASA mission scientists say.

NASA receives confirmation of Pluto's flyby mission success
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:32am

After successfully completing its flyby of Pluto, New Horizons has sent confirmation of the mission's success back to Earth, before beginning a new journey to the edges of the Solar System.

Data collected by NASA as spacecraft prepares for closest encounter
Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:37am

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back data revealing the size of Pluto for the first time.

Chasms, craters and unknown dark region captured on Pluto's largest moon
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:50pm

Data from NASA’s New Horizons mission has uncovered the intricacies of Pluto’s moon Charon for the first time.

 

Cassini, Spitzer and Kepler among observatories collating dwarf planet data
Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:36pm

While the eyes of the world will be looking to the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on 14 July, NASA has revealed how its fleet of spacecraft and telescopes will also be turning their attention to the dwarf planet in preparation for the event.

NASA's New Horizons mission reveals most detailed image of Pluto yet
Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:15pm

NASA New Horizons mission scientists have received the most detailed image of Pluto ever taken, ahead of the mission’s closest approach on 14 July.

New software project to offer immersive astronomy experience
Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:36pm

A new immersive, virtual reality astronomy experience developed by Edinburgh astronomers could be set to make clear-sky stargazing a reality for anyone with an Internet connection.

Discovery could usher in new era of galaxy hunting, deeper in space
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:09pm

A radio telescope has detected a signal carrying the imprint of galaxy-forming hydrogen, meaning it could allow astronomers to search for galaxies deeper in space than ever before.

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