Astronomy News

Science Museum acquires space capsule that carried UK astronaut to ISS
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:14am

The Science Museum in London has acquired a piece of UK space history intended to inspire the next generation of British astronauts.

Transforming stellar explosion challenges current theories of how stars die
Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:57pm

Observations of a supernova that appears to have changed its type over the course of a year have thrown into question our understanding of how stars live out the end of their lives.

Rocky ridges could point to dry periods in Red Planet's wet history
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:17pm

Ridges formed in the rocks at Lower Mount Sharp on Mars could point to evidence of wet mud on the planet's surface that eventually dried up.

The Canadian astronaut's one-man show comes to the UK and Ireland
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:20am
Chris Hadfield brings his Unique Lives spoken word tour to the UK and Ireland, performing a one-man show that takes its audience on a journey of inspiration and the possibilities life can bring. BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited Bristol's Hippodrome theatre to see the Canadian astronaut kick off his new tour.
Amateur astronomer Jonathan Powell looks back on one of 2015's highlights
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:36am

In the first of a series of astro-anecdotes, amateur astronomer, writer, broadcaster and dark-sky campaigner Jonathan Powell looks back on one of the celestial highlights of 2015, and an impromtu outreach session in a supermarket carpark.

Anton Agejev reports on the search for life among the stars
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:40am

Humanity has pondered for centuries whether intelligent life exists beyond Earth. One project currently searching the stars is Breakthrough Listen, which achieved first light a year ago this month. Anton Agejev finds out how the project is progressing.

Observatory provides VLT to search Alpha Centauri star system for exoplanets
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:55pm

Breakthrough Starshot is an initiative seeking to explore the star system Alpha Centauri for potentially habitable exoplanets. The latest to join the search is the European Southern Observatory, which will offer the power of its Very Large Telescope to scour the skies.

Has the space telescope detected an exoplanet around star TW Hydrae?
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:42pm

The Hubble Space Telescope may have revealed an exoplanet in orbit around a young star by capturing a shadow moving across the star's dusty disc.

Supermassive black hole jet observed caught up in galaxy cluster collision
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:50pm

Jets of matter being blasted into space by spinning supermassive black holes and galaxy cluster collisions are nothing new to the world's astronomers, but a new study has managed to observe both processes occurring in the same place at the same time.

Read a sneak preview chapter from a new book on the science of Star Wars
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:22am

The following is an extract from The Science of Star Wars, a new book by Mark Brake and Jon Chase that explores the cosmic accuracy of one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all time.

In this chapter, Brake and Chase look at how Star Wars predicted the existence of two very distinct yet common types of planets orbiting stars outside our Solar System.

New theory could explain red supergiant star's faster-than-expected spin
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:38pm

The red supergiant star Betelgeuse is spinning much faster than expected. A new theory suggests this could be the result of the star having expanded and swallowed a companion star that was in its orbit.

Read a sneak preview chapter from a new book on the science of Star Wars
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:42am

The following is an extract from The Science of Star Wars, a new book by Mark Brake and Jon Chase that explores the cosmic accuracy of one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all time.

In this chapter, Brake and Chase look at our Galaxy and what Star Wars might tell us about our Solar System's place in it.

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:49pm

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores this enduring mystery.

Katharine Kilgour marks the festive season with a stellar Christmas cake
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:56am

In the latest of our new series bringing the cosmos into the kitchen, amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour celebrates the longer, darker nights of the season with a star-filled Christmas cake.

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.

Water ice could point to presence of life in early Solar System
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:22am

The presence of water ice in our Solar System points to potential signs of life in its early history. The latest icy candidate is dwarf planet Ceres, according to new data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

Our selection of the best celestial sights captured by the world's telecopes
Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:24pm

Each month in the mag in Eye on the Sky we select some of our favourite images captured by the world's best telescopes. Here we present a month-by-month selection of the most amazing celestial sights to cross our paths over the past year.

Astronomers observe weather on gas giant exoplanet for the first time
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:41pm

The weather of a gas giant exoplanet has been observed for the first time, and astronomers have found a stormy atmosphere pushing 'ruby' and 'sapphire' clouds across its atmosphere.

New study looks at the effect of planet's tidal bulge on orbiting moons
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:45pm

Scientists have used Cassini data to look at how the gravitational pull of Saturn's moons affects the planet's rocky core, and concluded some of its smaller moons must be younger than originally thought.

Written by Anton Agejev

Patrick explains his fascination with observing and recording lunar features
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:49pm

On the fourth anniversary of Patrick Moore's passing, we look back at his first ever feature written for BBC Sky at Night Magazine, in which Patrick describes his fascination with observing and mapping the Moon.

Stumped over Christmas presents? Read our pick of this year's best astro-lit
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:59pm

Still in a pickle as to what to buy the astronomer or space fan in your life, or perhaps looking for a good read to take you away from the festive hubbub? Look no further than our pick of the top 12 books that should be on your Santa list this Christmas, selected from the past year's monthly reviews in BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

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