Astronomy News

Using resources on other planets could help our space travel ambitions
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:05pm

To make future plans for space exploration and colonisation a possibility, technologies are now being developed to use local resources on other planets.

Space writer Nick Spall investigates.

Survey of 50,000 stars considered 'dry run' for new TESS mission
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:09pm

A survey of 50,000 stars in the hunt for exoplanets is being lauded as a successful dry run for the new TESS telescope.

Retracing the steps of Patrick Moore's visit to Stonehenge in 1972
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:14pm

Retracing the steps of Patrick Moore, in 2017 BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited the huge stones of the greatest ancient monument in Britain to witness the sunrise on summer solstice.

Written by Josh Drury

new technique could reveal orbiting exoplanets above bright starlight
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:13am

Exoplanets hidden by the bright light from their host stars can be observed by detecting molecules on their surface, according to a new study.

Written by Katherine Shaw.

World famous physicist laid to rest alongside Newton and Darwin
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:10am

World famous physicist Stephen Hawking is laid to rest at Westminster Abbey alongside Newton and Darwin.

Written by Rob Banino.

How the detection of Pluto's moon solved an visual curiosity
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:22am

NASA's New Horizons mission has given us incredible images and insight into Pluto's moon Charon, but like many astronomical discoveries it was detected as a result of an anomaly.

Charon was discovered on 22 June 1978 by US astronomer James Christy while examining images of Pluto.

Ben Evans explores how this momentous find came to be.

Earth-based organisms may help humans colonise the Red Planet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:43pm

Earth-based bacteria could help humans breathe oxygen on Mars, according to a new study.

Written by Katherine Shaw.

Astronomers have managed to catch the birth and growth of a black hole jet
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:37am

For the first time, astronomers have managed to catch the birth and growth of a black hole jet as the result of a supermassive black hole tearing apart a large star.

The dust could cause problems for the Opportunity rover
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:43pm

The dust storm on Mars could cause problems for the Opportunity rover, but the other four active Martian missions will have the opportunity to study the storm in detail.

This is the first time the array has successfully discovered planets
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:22pm

ALMA has uncovered a trio of exoplanets, the first time the array has made such a discovery.

The Milky Way grew to its current size by snacking on other galaxies
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:15pm

The Milky Way grew to its current size by snacking on other galaxies according to a recent study of data taken by the Gaia satellite.

Win a copy of Peter Whitfield's book on astronomy through the ages
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:22am

Enter our competition to win one of five copies of Mapping the Heavens, a book about astronomy through the ages published by The British Library.

Pay tribute to the summer asterism with our stellar cookies
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:32pm

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour pays tribute to the Summer Triangle asterism with stellar cookies.

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 13), Astro-girl (aged 17) and Astro-dad.

Organic molecules, methane variations suggest biological processes at play
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:40am

NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered organic molecules embedded in sedimentary rocks on Mars and variations of methane in its atmosphere, which could be signs of life 

Estimated age of ancient star clusters could be wrong by 4 billion years
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:46pm

Globular clusters are thought to be some of the oldest objects in the Universe at about 13 billion years old. But a new study suggests they might be nine billion years old, potentially changing what we know about the evolution of our Galaxy.

Dwarf planet's winds deposit methane ice on border of heart-shaped region
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:52pm

New Horizons images have enabled astronomers to discover methane ice dunes on Pluto, right next to the dwarf planet's heart-shaped feature.

Search for habitable bodies turns to moons outside our Solar System
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:48am

So far, no moons have been discovered around planets outside of our Solar System. But the hunt for 'exomoons' could be about to step up a gear...

We review some of the best astronomy apps available to download
Wed May 30, 2018 11:14am

Thanks to smartphone apps, you can now keep a wealth of astronomical knowledge in your pocket. Jamie Carter reviews some of the best available right now.

Eclipse-chaser and dark skies expert Jamie Carter is the author of A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide.

Upcoming strategy video game puts players in mission control
Fri May 25, 2018 11:59am

Mars Horizon is new video game that asks players to take control of a national space agency, developing the tools and technology it will take to land humans on the Red Planet.

The game is being developed with support from the UK Space Agency, and BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited UK-based Auroch Digital's studios for a look.

Win a signed copy of Carlo Rovelli's new audiobook
Thu May 24, 2018 9:07am

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