Astronomy News

Massive exoplanet discovered in close orbit around small star
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:35am

The discovery of a Jupiter-like planet in orbit around a star smaller than our Sun is challenging what astronomers know about how planets form.

The radiation belts of Saturn and Earth act very differently
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:31pm

The moons around Saturn have a much larger effect on the planet's radiation belts than solar winds.

Study of binary systems offers new clues to source of X-ray beams
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:30am

The mysteries of black hole jets are being unravelled by observations of binary systems in X-ray and optical light.

Unconfirmed object observed brushing past Earth
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:51am

An object that flew past Earth may have originated from beyond our Solar System.


Studies of galaxy clusters reveal their brightest galaxies are offset
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:29pm

The brightest galaxies in galaxy clusters 'wobble', according to a new dark matter study using the Hubble Space Telescope.

New analysis suggests unknown forces at work in generation of plumes
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:55am

Just over a year since the end of the Rosetta mission to study Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, analysis of data continues to help scientists to learn more about the internal workings of comets.

Titanium dioxide condenses and falls as snow on tidally locked exoplanet
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:08am

Learning about planets outside our Solar System gives astronomers a broader view of the Universe. One of the latest discoveries is a huge, scorching planet on which it snows the main ingredient found in suntan lotion.

Organic materials discovered on dwarf planet may have originated there
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:36am

The study of organic materials on dwarf planet Ceres could help astronomers learn more about the evolution of our Solar System.

Neural networks could help in the search for gravitational lensing
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:12am

The search for gravitational lenses is an important part of investigations into dark matter, but involves painstaking analysis of data. A team of scientists are hoping that artificial intelligence can help.

Seven Saturnian satellites keep the planet's iconic feature in check
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:50am

Seven of Saturn's moons hold the planet's rings in place, according to a new study using data from NASA's Cassini mission.

Saturn's moon's Earth-like rainstorms occur more frequently than expected
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:27pm

The surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan is altered by methane floods brought on by heavy rainstorms. A study suggests these storms occur more frequently than expected.

The latest gravitational waves discovery has us contemplating the Universe
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:34am

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 discusses a word that will become very familiar to us all in the coming weeks: kilonova!

Newcastle science centre welcomes local kids for day of outreach
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:48am

A UK science centre is taking part in an international day to mark the importance of science to communities across the globe.

Collision of two neutron stars followed by a gamma-ray burst
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:00pm

The study of gravitational waves continues. The latest leap forward is the detection of light from a source event for the first time.

Written by Elizabeth Pearson.

Lava flows could have caused gaseous outflows 3.5 billion years ago
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:58am

Lunar lava flows may have produced an atmosphere around the Moon some four billion years ago.

Mark the 60th anniversary of Sputnik I with our Space Age countdown
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:13pm


To mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, Piers Bizony ranks the 60 most pivotal moments of the Space Age.


Discovery of methyl chloride suggests chemical does not indicate life
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:44pm

The organohalogic chemical, methyl chloride, has been found by ALMA and Rosetta in interstellar space for the first time. The discovery dashes hopes of using the chemical for detecting life remotely around other worlds, but could be an important step to understanding how life evolved in the first place. 

Radiation levels increase on the Red Planet following outburst from the Sun
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:24am

An ejection of charged particles from the Sun has caused a global aurora on Mars.

SpaceX entrepreneur announces new rocket plans
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:32pm

Elon Musk has been revealing his latest spaceflight ambitions to the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

Bake the Moon and its craters with this cake-based lunar replica
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:45am

Bake the Moon and its craters with this cake-based replica of our lunar companion.

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, Astro Girl and Astro Dad.

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