Astronomy News

Ezzy makes a quick visit to Mount Rushmore ahead of eclipse day
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:11am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On the sixth day of her trip, Ezzy takes in the area surrounding Mount Rushmore, as 'E-Day' beckons.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Scott Levine images eclipse observing of a different kind: on the lunar surface
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:43pm

Each month, Scott Levine looks at a single word that can tell us about the workings of the Universe, with a quick sketch to outline his thoughts.

This time, Scott looks at a word with alot of significance this week: shadow.

Ezzy meets likeminded eclipse chasers at an astroconvention
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:24am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On the fourth day of her trip, Ezzy finds herself in the middle of an astro convention, surrounded by like-minded eclipse chasers.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Ezzy's road trip takes her into the path of totality for the first time
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:52am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On her third day on the road, Ezzy makes her way into the path of totality for the first time, and the anticipation is palpable.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Celebrate the US eclipse with these snazzy iPhone cases
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:29pm

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

We have ten eclipse phone covers for iPhone 6 and 7 to give away via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, courtesy of Slooh and Speck.

Find out more below!

Ezzy visits Salt Lake's planetarium, where eclipse glasses are in high demand
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:01am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson continues her journey across the US to view the 21 August total solar eclipse.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

We report back from the astronomy festival deep in the Welsh countryside
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:48am

BBC Sky at Night joined revellers for a weekend of music and family-friendly astronomical fun at this year’s Solarsphere.

Written by Ben Skuse

Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:22pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win one of five eclipse iPhone covers.

Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:18pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win one of five eclipse iPhone covers.

View our host star in white light, Calcium K and Hydrogen-alpha
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:39am

How do you safely observe the Sun?

With such a wide variety of telescopes, cameras and filters available, anyone can capture breathtaking images of our host star in different wavelengths, writes Mark Townley.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor sets out to catch the American eclipse
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:15am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson sets out for the trip of a lifetime, on her way to view the 21 August US total solar eclipse.

X-ray sources detected that may one day result in violent mergers
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:12pm

Astronomers have detected X-ray sources in a galaxy that could eventually produce gravitational waves.

The rather obscure astronomy term is back in fashion this month
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:37am

Each month, Scott Levine looks at a single word that can tell us about the workings of the Universe, with a quick sketch to outline his thoughts.

This month, Scott celebrates one of his favourite words in the English language: syzygy!

Jon Powell recalls a memorable night searching for his Perseid partner
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:16am

As we approach the peak of the Perseids season, Jon Powell recalls a memorable night one August searching for his meteor-observing partner.

Two potentially habitable planets detected in orbit
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:13pm

The search for habitable exoplanets has detected two candidates in orbit around a Sun-like star.

Observations give insight into the monster at our Galaxy's heart
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:00pm

The stars in orbit around the Galactic Centre have given astronomers new insight into the monster black hole that lies at its heart.

Inaugural meeting will seek to promote the preservation of dark skies
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:25am

Preparations are underway for the first ever European Dark Sky Places Conference, focussing on the preservation of dark skies across the globe.

Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:56pm

By heating gas to millions of degrees and compressing it to huge densities, a team of scientists have been able to study the nuclear reactions that occur in a stellar core.

Win a copy of Cambridge University's new galactic reference guide
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:00pm

*PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*

The Cambridge Photographic Atlas of Galaxies is an astronomical reference guide featuring over 250 galaxies; all within the reach of amateur astronomy. And we have four copies to give away!

Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:00am

Scientists have just released the most accurate map to date of the structure of dark matter in the Universe, supporting the theory that dark energy and dark matter make up most of the cosmos.

By Jacob Chambers

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