Astronomy News

What's being done to prevent space rocks threatening life on Earth?
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:57am

Asteroids are a real and continued threat to life on Earth. BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson investigates what’s being done to discover them before it’s too late.

UK astronaut Tim Peake describes the 'burnt' aroma of the cosmos
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:38am

Does space have a smell? According to Tim Peake it does. In fact, the UK astronaut has likened it to “a British summer barbeque, burning sausages on a charcoal grill”.

Kuiper Belt shows evidence of the gravitational pull of a large body
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:37am

An object with the same mass of Mars could be orbiting the outer reaches of our Solar System, but it's not the fabled Planet 9, astronomers say.

New mission announced to study ice giants on the edge of the Solar System
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:30am

For the first time since Voyager 2, NASA intends to send spacecraft to study Uranus and Neptune, the ice giants on the edge of the Solar System.

New data release from Kepler telescope improves our view of the Galaxy
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:49pm

The Kepler space telescope continues to monitor the skies in search of exoplanets, which are planets orbiting a star other than the Sun. Its latest data is helping astronomers piece together a catalogue of the different kinds of planets that exist in our Galaxy.

After Proxima Centauri, the search for Earth-like planets continues
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:50am

Last year saw the discovery of a rocky exoplanet around the nearby star Proxima Centauri. Now, astronomers are turning to the public for help continuing the exoplanet search.

Watch our live stream of Slooh's spectacular solar event
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:38am

Bill Nye, 'Science Guy' and CEO of the Planetary Society, is celebrating the summer solstice and looking forward to this year's US eclipse in an event hosted live by Slooh on 21 June.

View our live stream of the event below.

Study reveals Sun-like stars may be born with a stellar partner
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:05pm

Our Sun may once have been part of a binary system, according to a study that suggests all Sun-like stars are born in pairs.

A new astronomy series from Jon Culshaw, Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:24am

In the first mini episode of Star Map, comedian Jon Culshaw joins astronomers Pete Lawrence and Dr Paul Abel to discuss the phenomenon of noctilucent clouds.

How to view this year's US total solar eclipse, and where to see it
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:55pm

On 21 August 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible over the USA. With the event approaching and 230 million people about to get organised, veteran eclipse-chaser Jamie Carter says it's time to start planning your trip.

Words: Jamie Carter

British astronaut and ESA's future plans discussed at UK conference
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:59am

The future's looking bright for British astronaut Tim Peake, writes Nick Spall, reporting from the 2017 UK Space Conference in Manchester.

We put some of the big questions to a CERN particle physicist
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:07am

We recently caught up with a particle physicist working at CERN and asked him some of the biggest questions concerning the nature of the Universe around us.

Discovery could provide clues as to how life began on Earth
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:00am

One of the necessary ingredients for life as we know it has been found around stars in a nearby system.

Recreate the Saturn system with soup and savoury muffins
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:56pm

Our resident astrobaker turns from sweet to savoury this time, recreating the ringed planet Saturn with soup, muffins and crumbly, cheesy moons.

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 (aged 12), Astro-girl (aged 16) and Astro-dad.

Scorching Jupiter-like planet may eventually be vaporised by host star
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:09am

A hot, Jupiter-like exoplanet has been found that is hotter than most stars.

LIGO experiment continues to search for ripples in space-time
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:09am

Following its landmark detection of gravitational waves in September 2015, the LIGO experiment has continued to search for ripples in space-time caused by massive, violent events in space.

Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:59am

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Win a copy of Clarence Augusts Chant's 1928 guide to the night sky
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:54am


We have five copies of Canadian astronomer Clarence Augustus Chant's 1928 guide to the night sky, Our Wonderful Universe, to give away.

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Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:30am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of Clarence Augustus Chant's Our Wonderful Universe.

Data suggests Saturn's icy moon could have been involved in a collision
Wed May 31, 2017 8:25am

Saturn's icy moon may have been knocked on its side by a collision with a smaller body in its past, data from NASA's Cassini mission has suggested.

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