Astronomy News

New documentary looks at the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:18am

A new documentary looks at the unsung heroes of Apollo: the mathematicians and engineers who worked at Mission Control to bring their comrades safely back to Earth.

The Sun wakes up, meaning plenty of opportunity for solar imaging
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:43pm

The Sun has woken up, and not just to supply the UK with sunshine, as our selection of readers' solar images show.

The solar surface has been surprisingly active
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:41pm

The Sun has been surprisingly active over the weekend, with flares as strong as M5.7 errupting from its surface.

Royal Observatory Greenwich release a taster of this year's entries
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:22am

With the deadline approaching on 7 April, now's the time to submit your best astro images for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 award, in the hope of winning that £10,000 prize.


NASA's MAVEN mission reveals Sun's role in transformation of Red Planet
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:42pm

Mars once had an atmosphere and running water, but that all changed as a result of the power of our Sun, according to new NASA data.

Stargazing Live boosts the hunt for the newest member of our Solar System
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:34am

Four unknown bodies are being examined in the hope of finding the hypothetical ninth planet of our Solar System beyond the orbit of Neptune.

The story of one of Australia's biggest telescopes by one of its first operators
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:26pm

The Anglo Australian Telescope (AAT) at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales is one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.

We spoke to UK astronomer David Malin, one of the first to operate the telescope.

How Australia's indigenous people used the southern skies to their advantage
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:57am

As part of this year's Stargazing Live from Down Under, we find out how Aboriginal Australians used the night sky to find their way across the dusty outback – even when the stars were missing.

Words: Robert S. Fuller

2020 mission will explore the history of water on the Red Planet
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:49am

Scientists are whittling down the possible landing sites for the ExoMars 2020 rover to explore the Red Planet's wet past, and have decided upon two final contenders.

Music and science festival at Jodrell Bank announces this year's speakers
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:53pm

The bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory has revealed the speakers who will be making up this year's science programme.

Win tickets to a BFI Southbank retrospective hosted by Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:36pm


As part of the British Film Institute and Radio Times Television Festival, the BFI Southbank is hosting an afternoon on Sunday 9 April looking back on 60 years of The Sky at Night, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away.

These turbulent climes may breed a new type of star formation
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:00pm

A new type of star formation has been observed in the winds blowing from a galaxy's supermassive black hole. The young stars look different from their siblings who had a calmer upbringing, and could change what we know about the evolutionary history of galaxies.

Win a copy of US astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest book
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:59pm


We have three copies of Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest book to giveaway on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Find out more below!

Astronomers observe bright quasar speeding away from its host galaxy
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:02am

While scanning a sky of merging galaxies, astronomers spotted a black hole speeding away from its galactic host, and gravitational waves could be the answer.

NASA scientists conclude Arsia Mons last erupted 50 million years ago
Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:12pm

NASA studies of a Martian volcano have revealed it ran dry just as the dominant species on Earth was facing catastrophe.

Win a DVD copy of new Apollo-era comedy and an astronaut bed spread
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:12pm


Operation Avalanche is a Cold War comedy about a pair of CIA agents who find themselves faking the Apollo Moon landing. The film is out this week on DVD, and we're offering the chance for one lucky winner to win a copy, along with an astronaut bed spread worth £100.

Young system could give new understanding to how planetary systems grow
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:54pm

A recently discovered giant Jupiter-like planet found a huge distance from its star appears to defy most theories of planetary formation. However, the host star's young age could help researchers unravel how not only this planet formed, but others like it throughout the Galaxy.

Eruption of bubbles could explain disappearing lakes on Saturnian moon
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:25pm

Simulations by NASA scientists show that the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan could be bubbly.

How Irish engineering changed the face of astronomy
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:54pm

The 'Great Leviathan' 72-inch reflector, built during the 19th century at Birr Castle in Ireland, stands as a monument to humanity's desire to reach out to the cosmos. Iain Todd reveals how Irish engineering changed the face of astronomy.

Galaxies used to spin much slower than they do today
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:43pm

Early spiral galaxies spun much slower than those in the current Universe, implying that dark matter did not dominate their mass at these times.

NASA's GRACE-FO team plans to switch to a backup system in the Microwave Instrument on one...
A pair of NASA CubeSats flying to Mars are opening a new frontier for small spacecraft.
NASA's MISR instrument captures Hurricane Florence just off the East Coast. Data from two...
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