Astronomy News

Study suggests our Sun and planets formed around a Wolf-Rayet star
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:07pm

A study from the University of Chicago suggests a new scenario for the birth of our Solar System.

X-ray observations reveal how important elements are distributed
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:42pm

The study of the remains of exploded stars can tell us alot about the elements that make up the Universe we see around us.

Kepler-90 system now matches our own Solar System
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:41pm

Our Solar System is no longer the only eight-planet system we know of, following a new discovery made by artificial intelligence.

For more on how artificial intelligence can help astronomers, pick up a copy of the January issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, out 21 December 2017.

The elusive gift-giver could be hiding on an icy moon
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:01pm

Could Santa have moved his workshop to one of the icy moons of the Solar System? The frozen worlds are thought to be our best chance of finding life off of Earth, but could they also be home to Father Christmas's hideaway?

Jon Powell discusses the need to keep warm during winter observing
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:43am

Tis the season for Christmas jumpers, hats, gloves, and of course, socks! All of these items can be put to good use under the cold winter night skies, writes Jon Powell.

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:04pm

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores this enduring mystery.

Follow our guide to spotting one of the best meteor showers of the year
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:27pm

Follow our observing guide to make the most of one of the best meteor showers of the year, and see a host of shooting stars lighting up the winter sky.

News of the UK astronaut's next flight begins to emerge
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:54pm

News of Tim Peake’s next mission is starting to emerge - he could be taking a seat on a future American spacecraft. Nick Spall spoke to him at the European Astronaut Centre to find out more.

Astronomers discover object from just 690 million years after Big Bang
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:01pm

Astronomers have observed the most distant black hole ever discovered, as part of a study that could reveal more about the conditions of the early Universe.

Study of star system reveals a potentially rocky world like Earth
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:30pm

The study of a planet orbiting a star outside our Solar System has revealed it could be a rocky world like Earth, and that it has a planetary neighbour.

Study raises questions as to identity of mystery objects
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:00pm

The study of planet-like bodies has revealed they are very similar to brown dwarfs. Are these objects in fact failed stars?

Our pick of the top astronomy and space reads released this year
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:29am

Looking for a Secret Santa gift for an astronomer or space fan, or perhaps searching for a good read to break up the Christmas shopping?

Look no further than our pick of the top 12 books that should be on your Santa list this festive season, selected from our monthly book reviews during 2017.

Protostars resist powerful forces that should be tearing them apart
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:43am

At the centre of the Milky Way lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers have discovered 11 stars orbiting nearby, resisting the incredible forces that should be tearing the stars apart.

Spruce up your Christmas tree this year with our edible decorations
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:49am

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour pays tribute to the winter nights of stargazing with some festive stellar Christmas tree ornaments.

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.

Elongated body may have travelled for hundreds of millions of years
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:18pm

A rocky body that has just been discovered may have been speeding through space for hundreds of millions of years before entering our Solar System.

Saturnian moon’s exotic atmosphere keeps its winter skies cool
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:07pm

The winter skies of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, are unseasonably cold, and a recent study using Cassini data suggests that the world’s unique atmosphere could be responsible.

The discovery could help planetary reasearchers understand some of the strange atmospheres that exist around exoplanets.

We take a journey north to spot the incredible Aurora Borealis
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:41pm

BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley joins Omega Holidays’ first Northern Lights flight of the season in a bid to achieve a long-held aim to see the aurora.

Written by Chris Bramley.

This month's word is a key term for lunar observers on Earth, and beyond
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:29am

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's word is one that is very important to lunar observers: 'month'!

How Exmoor's Dark Sky status is drawing astronomers to the park
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:11pm

In December’s BBC Sky at Night Magazine astronomer Will Gater reveals his advice for exploring Exmoor’s spectacular night skies.

Here, Will talks to Dan James of the Exmoor National Park Authority about the moor’s International Dark Sky Reserve and plans for the future. 

Stargazers will soon have to bid farewell to the 66 glinting satellites
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:10am

Stargazers and astrophotographers will soon have to bid #flarewell to the 66 glinting satellites.

Written by Jamie Carter

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