Astronomy News

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor sets out to catch the American eclipse
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:15am

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 11:12am

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 10:37am

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 9:16am

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 11:13am

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 11:00am

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 9:25am

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 11:56am

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 6:00pm


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 12:00am

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

The story of how Charles Messier's famous catalogue came to be
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:24am

The story of Charles Messier's famous astronomical catalogue, and why it continues to influence astronomers today.

Written by Jacob Chambers

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:00am

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our Solar System, or exoplanet. The stratosphere was found around a hot Jupiter exoplanet, WASP-121b, using data taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Historic Cheshire Observatory honoured on 60th anniversary
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:04am

On the 60th anniversary of the Lovell Telescope's first light, the Jodrell Bank Observatory has been celebrating after six of its structures were recognised by the National Heritage List for England.

Astronomers observed acoustic waves bouncing around Sun's interior
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:03pm

Astronomers observing the Sun have concluded that its core rotates faster than its surface; a conclusion that could help piece together the story of the Sun's formation.

Astronomers discover further evidence for the possibility of life on Titan
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:45pm

Observations confirm the presence of a membrane-forming chemical in Titan’s atmosphere, resembling cell membranes of living organisms on Earth.

Written by Jacob Chambers

The matter that makes us all intergalactic space travellers
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:53pm

Up to half of the mass in our galaxy could have travelled across space from smaller galaxies to help form new stars in our own Milky Way. In essence, we are all space travellers.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

How our smartphones are forcing radio astronomy into the wilderness
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:27pm

Increased use of smart and broadcasting technology is causing problems for astronomers observing radio waves from space.

To solve this, they are moving beyond the reaches of technology to radio quiet zones, in the hopes of observing signals from outerspace.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Cassini’s final weeks continue to expose new surprises about Saturn
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:10am

As the Cassini mission comes to an end, its final orbits continue to reveal new surprises about Saturn’s inner workings.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

We visit Cape Kennedy for a space fan's trip of a lifetime
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:57am

It's famous for Apollo, the Space Shuttle and now commercial SpaceX rocket launches, but NASA's Kennedy Space Center's spectacular spaceflight exhibits make it a must-see.

Science writer and space fan Jamie Carter reveals some of the unmissable sights open to visitors.

How frozen liquids help us understand more about the Universe
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:23am

Word of the Month is a new column from amateur astronomer Scott Levine looking at how a single concept can tell us about the workings of the Universe, with a quick sketch to outline his thoughts.

This month, Scott explores how ice is a phenomenon found throughout our Solar System.

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