Astronomy News

Intrepid Travel is offering two people the astronomy trip of a lifetime
Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:31am

Intrepid Travel is offering two people the chance to win an amazing stargazing trip to Morocco.

Don't forget to wave at Tim Peake as he orbits the Earth
Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:30am

Spotting the ISS is easier than you might think. Don't forget to wave at Tim Peake as he orbits the Earth over this Christmas.

On board the ISS, the crew spend the holiday amongst the stars
Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:18pm

On board the ISS, the crew spend the holiday amongst the stars


Astronomers solve mystery of gaps in dust surrounding transitional discs
Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:58am

Astronomers may have potentially solved a longstanding question as to why gaps appear in some dusty discs that surround young stars.

Powerful gamma rays seen in distant galaxy
Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:59pm

The light from a blazar could help find the density of the Universe’s photon fog

Exoplanet found orbiting a nearby star in the 'habitable' zone
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:29pm

As the hunt for a 'second Earth' continues, exoplanet hunters from New South Wales have discovered a new candidate: the closest to our Solar System ever observed.

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Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:34pm
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Tim Peake and colleagues greeted on board after successful launch
Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:13am

The ISS has welcomed three new arrivals on board the floating laboratory, following the successful launch of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

Britain's first official astronaut begins his journey into space
Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:34pm

Britain's first official astronaut has begun his journey to the ISS, ahead of a six-month mission that will see him carry out numerous experiments in the floating laboratory.

Piers Bizony looks at the history of building the International Space Station
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:56am

The International Space Station (ISS) has been mankind’s farthest outpost since the turn of the century. Piers Bizony looks back at the history of its construction.

Hubble and Spitzer telescopes used in wide 'hot Jupiter' observations
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:13am

Observations of hot, Jupiter-like exoplanets using the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes may have enabled astronomers to solve a longstanding mystery of missing water on the planets' surfaces.

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:30pm

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

Cloudy stellar storm has been raging for at least two years
Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:20am

Jupiter's Great Red Spot continues to be something of a mystery for astronomers, but now a similar sized storm has been observed on a star.

New Dawn evidence suggests they are a type of salt
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:02pm

New Dawn evidence suggests the spots stem from a subsurface layer of salt ice that sublimates away when it is exposed by an asteroid strike, leaving behind a salty residue.

Govert Schilling reports from the lift-off of ESA's latest space science mission
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:34am

On 3 December 2015, ESA’s LISA Pathfinder lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana as part of a new mission to prepare for the future detection of gravitational waves. Astronomer and science writer Govert Schilling investigates.

Observations provide insight into the early beginnings of the Universe
Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:38pm

The discovery of a cradle of young, monstrous galaxies is allowing astronomers to study more closely their relationship with dark matter structures.

Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:35pm

The Juno space probe will use amateur observations to help plan its mission and keep track of Jupiter's constantly changing cloud layer.

Comparisons of Sun and another star reveal similarities in physical processes
Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:04pm

Researchers have been comparing the flares released by our Sun with those released by a star elsewhere in the Milky Way, indicating it is possible the Sun has the potential to release superflares that would be devastating for life on Earth.

Exoplanet in distant orbit could point to disturbances in planetary system
Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:02pm

Researchers have suggested that an exoplanet in a distant orbit around its star could have been expelled from its planetary system, and may provide evidence for a similar process occurring in our own early Solar System.

Scientists one step closer to understanding planet's swirling cloud patterns
Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:37pm

Computer simulations have taken scientists one step closer to understanding the mysterious weather patterns on Jupiter.

A newly formed star lights up the surrounding cosmic clouds in this new image from ESO’s La Silla...
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