Astronomy News

Scott Levine considers our exploration of the edge of the Solar System
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:41am

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, the end of the Cassini mission around Saturn gets Scott thinking about the outer reaches of our Solar System.

A guide to chasing down the Moon's shadow
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:37am

Did the 21 August 2017 eclipse turn you into an eclipse chaser? This handy guide will tell you all you need to know to plan your road trip and track down the next eclipse to pass over mainland US on 8 April 2024.

Hot Jupiter reflects almost no light, appearing "darker than asphalt"
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:37am

The Hubble Space Telescope has been used to examine a large, hot exoplanet that appears pitch black.

Patterns in planet's cloudy atmosphere observed closely for first time
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:19am

The clouds in Venus's atmosphere behave are more irregular and chaotic on its night side than on its day side, according to a new study.

The heat absorbing chemical has caused the atmosphere to reverse
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:00pm

The exoplanet WASP-19b has huge amounts of titanium oxide in its atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to 'reverse' so some of the upper layers are warmer than those lower down.

How the spacecraft will finish its mission at the Saturnian system
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:36am

The Cassini-Huygens mission has given scientists on Earth invaluable data on perhaps the most impressive planetary system in our Solar System, and given the public beautiful images of its storms, rings and moons.

But how will the spacecraft spend its final moments, and how will the mission end?

The UK’s largest university research group marks half a century of science
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:44am

We paid a visit to the UK’s largest university research group, deep in the Surrey Hills.

Written by Chris Bramley.

Technique can help determine conditions on orbiting planets
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:12pm

As the hunt for a habitable planet continues, a team of astronomers have discovered that alot can be learned by studying a star's X-ray emissions.

Finding challenges the view that galaxies only grow through merging
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:12pm

An enormous burst of star formation within the cores of early galaxies may have caused them to swell in size and form the giant elliptical galaxies common in the Universe today.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft shows the aurora dance in unexpected ways
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:04pm

Jupiter's most powerful aurorae are not accompanied by a strong electric potential field as they are on Earth. These are the findings of a study using data captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft, and only serve to deepen the mystery of the Gas Giant's aurora.

Latest study attempts to determine presence of gas giants in orbit
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:40am

Since the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system and its Earth-like exoplanets, astronomers have tried to determine whether any gas giants are also in orbit around the star. The latest study suggests its rocky exoplanets may be alone.

Public asked for help preparing installation at UK's first Dark Sky Park
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:50am

An artist is asking the public for help depicting darkness and silence, as part of an art event taking place at Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park on 23-24 September 2017.

Hubble Space Telescope observations reveal emission of hydrogen
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:04pm

Planets orbiting a nearby star are showing signs that they may host water on their surfaces, according to a study using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious bursts of radio waves
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:13am

The source of mysterious bursts of radio waves has been confounding scientists for a decade. Now we’re finally making some progress, writes Govert Schilling.

Mysterious repeating signals observed anew from previous known source
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:28am

15 bursts of radio signals have been observed coming from a distant galaxy.

Written by Elizabeth Pearson

Observations reveal clues about the evolution of magnetic fields
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:26pm

Observations of a galaxy five billion lightyears away are helping astronomers understand more about how magnetic fields form and evolve over time.

Our guide to the best eclipses coming up over the next few years
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:32am

When and where are the next eclipses happening? Jamie Carter presents your solar eclipse-chasing schedule for the coming years.

The early mornings pay off, as Ezzy's eclipse trip ends in spectacular fashion
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:02am

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 seventh day of her trip, all that driving pays off as totality begins.

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

Live stream the astronomical event of the year on 21 August
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:42pm


Watch the 'great American eclipse' via Slooh's live stream on 21 August, beginning at 4.30pm BST.


Ezzy makes a quick visit to Mount Rushmore ahead of eclipse day
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:11am

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.

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