Astronomy News

New British rocket design could revolutionise travel into Earth orbit
Fri May 05, 2017 9:13am

A new design of rocket that could change the way we travel into space is being developed by a British firm, and work has just begun on a UK facility that could begin testing it before the decade is out.

X-ray data reveals effects of massive galaxy cluster encounter
Thu May 04, 2017 9:13am

X-ray data from the Chandra Observatory has revealed the chaotic effects of a galaxy cluster close encounter.

NASA studies reveal dust rings correspond to Solar System features
Wed May 03, 2017 9:52am

Studies of a young planetary system 10 lightyears away have revealed it is remarkably like our own.

First of 22 dives returns unexpected results for NASA scientists
Tue May 02, 2017 12:27pm

As the Cassini spacecraft continues diving between Saturn and its rings, data collected during its first pass has already surprised NASA scientists.

Small fluctuations occurred just two billion years after the Big Bang
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:11pm


Astronomers have managed to measure ripples in the cosmic web that occurred just two billion years after the Big Bang.


The spacecraft begins diving between Saturn and its rings
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:59pm

Images of Saturn taken during the first of the Cassini spacecraft’s ring dives have been returned to Earth, and show features in the planet’s atmosphere closer than ever before.

Planet orbiting faint star detected using unique technique
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:37am

Gravity has a substantial effect on the appearance of massive objects, often enabling us to see bodies in space that would otherwise be out of view. This technique has been used to discover an icy exoplanet 13,000 lightyears away.

Spacecraft commences first of 22 dives between Saturn and its rings
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:28am

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spent 13 years studying Saturn and its moons, and is now preparing for its dramatic final act.

Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:37am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of Neil deGrasse Tyson's book 'Astrophysics for People in a Hurry'.

Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:34am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of Neil deGrasse Tyson's book 'Astrophysics for People in a Hurry'.

Gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova observed 4 billion lightyears away
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:04pm

Using a galaxy located two billion lightyears from Earth as a sort of cosmic magnifying class, astronomers been able to observe an exploded star that could help measure the expansion rate of the Universe.

Newly discovered planet orbiting red dwarf could be rocky with an atmosphere
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:46am

A newly-discovered exoplanet just 40 lightyears from Earth could be the best candidate we know of in the search for signs of life outside our own planet.

Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:37am

An asteroid the size of Gibraltar passed by the Earth on 19 April, and will continue to grow in brightness for several nights giving a fantastic observing opportunity.

The planet is the second furthest known body in our planetary group
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:06pm

The newest observations from ALMA have confirmed that the Solar System object 2014 UZ224 is a dwarf planet.

The patch is similar in size to the Great Red Spot
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:09pm

Jupiter may have been hiding a second great spot for over a thousand years. New images from the Very Large Telescope have revealed a colossal Great Cold Spot, a cool patch in the planet’s polar atmosphere that appears to be created by the planet’s aurora.

Pay tribute to the hot rocky planet with our spherical cake
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:32am

Pay tribute to the rocky planet Mercury with Katharine Kilgour's spherical cake, complete with chocolate truffle core!

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.

Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:59pm

Gravitational lensing has allowed astronomers to spy on a 'typical' galaxy as it was in the days of the early Universe. This find will allow them to study the most numerous kind of fledgling galaxy present during this highly important era.

Jon Powell on the importance of a good site for clear skies and clean shoes
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:06am

When selecting your observing site, looking down is as important as looking up, writes Jon Powell. 

Transient remnants of stellar collision could explain how star growth is stunted
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:57pm

The remnants of a collision between two infant stars has been captured by ALMA. The beautiful images could help astronomers understand how such stellar crashes govern the rate at which our Galaxy forms stars.

Could the planet spell hope in the hunt for life?
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:04pm

An atmosphere has been detected for the first time around a planet with a mass and radius similar to Earth.

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