Astronomy News

Black holes are no longer the 'undisputed jet kings' of the Universe
Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:18pm

Black holes, long thought to be the Universe's unrivalled producer of powerful jets of material blasting into space, could have a new rival in the form of neutron stars.

Three super-Earths and giant planet found 21 lightyears away
Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:49am

Swiss astronomers are reporting the discovery of a planetary system containing three super-Earths and an giant planet in outer orbit.

Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:58pm

Eight months after landing, what has Philae discovered?

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.

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