Astronomy News

Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:14am

At-Bristol has upgraded its dome to give incredible new views of the Galaxy

Likelihood of habitable planets increases as circular orbits appear 'the norm'
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:59am

Circular orbits in Earth-sized exoplanets are common throughout the Universe, according to new research that uses a unique method to determine orbital patterns hundreds of lightyears away.

The lights are created by localised magnetic fields in the planet's crust
Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:29pm

The lights are created by localised magnetic fields in the planet's crust

We look back at some of the magazine's best features over the past decade...
Fri May 29, 2015 2:06pm

We look back at some of the magazine's best features over the past decade...

The Science Museum will display the history of the Russian space programme
Fri May 29, 2015 2:05pm

The Science Museum will display the history of the Russian space programme

Unique observation offers rare glimpse into extragalactic jets of black holes
Fri May 29, 2015 12:19pm

For the first time ever, astronomers have captured a rear-end collision between two knots travelling along an extragalactic jet, blasting out from a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy.

Disc similar to Kuiper Belt gives insight into Solar System development
Thu May 28, 2015 4:12pm

A disc of planetary debris similar to the Kuiper Belt is giving astronomers a glimpse into the evolution of our own Solar System.

Astronomers move step closer to understanding galaxy evolution
Wed May 27, 2015 4:04pm

New research is using the light from quasars to reveal the chemical fingerprints of stars and unlock the secrets of galactic evolution.

Planets' building blocks could be forming earlier than previously thought
Tue May 26, 2015 12:33pm

The dust grains that form planets may begin growing outside of the protoplanetary disk, meaning the building blocks could be forming earlier than previously thought.

Massive star gives astronomers new insight into rare binary processes
Fri May 22, 2015 3:51pm

A massive Wolf-Rayet star is displaying unusual properties, giving astronomers new evidence that these super-huge stars can form binary interactions.

Galaxy with brightness of 300 trillion Suns is most luminous ever discovered
Fri May 22, 2015 10:44am

The WISE telescope has discovered the brightest galaxy ever found, shedding new light on the supermassive black holes commonly found at their centre.

New light shed on the birth of Type Ia supernovae and their binary pairings
Thu May 21, 2015 11:47am

Observations shed new light on the birth of Type Ia supernovae and their binary pairings

Massive star-forming region uncovers new information on the birth of stars
Tue May 19, 2015 1:03pm

Massive star-forming region uncovers new information on the birth of stars

Magnetar in our Galaxy shows unusual drop in X-ray brightness and hot surface
Fri May 15, 2015 10:23am

A magnetic neutron star in our Galaxy has been exhibiting unusual drops in X-ray brightness and an increased surface temperature.

Revelation could point to Europa's ability to support life
Wed May 13, 2015 9:55am

NASA scientists have blasted table salt with radiation to see whether the dark, mysterious substance on Europa can be conclusively identified.

Quasars used to reveal 'invisible' gaseous ring surrounding galaxy
Fri May 08, 2015 4:14pm

A halo surrounding the Andromeda galaxy is the closest to Earth ever discovered beyond the Milky Way. 

Data from MESSENGER puts 4 billion years Mercury's magnetic evolution
Fri May 08, 2015 10:52am

Data sent from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is enabling scientists to piece together how Mercury's magnetic field evolved over time.

Enceladus eruptions could be caused by fold in moon's surface
Thu May 07, 2015 12:42pm

Data sent back from Cassini has suggested that eruptions on Enceladus could be an optical illusion caused by folds in the moon's surface.

Luminous galaxy discovered over 13 billion lightyears from Earth
Wed May 06, 2015 11:28am

A luminous galaxy has been discovered over 13 billion lightyears from Earth, revealing new information about the expansion of the early Universe.

High volcanic activity might be behind wild temperature variation
Tue May 05, 2015 2:02pm

High volcanic activity might be behind wild temperature variation

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