Astronomy News

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:39am


In the latest episode, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look back on 100 years of Holst’s musical work The Planets and its influence on sci-fi soundtracks.

Plus, we discuss the success of NASA’s Dawn mission at Ceres and Vesta, and speak to Roberto Orosei, an astronomer who led a recent study that found evidence of water on Mars.


How to explore the night sky with a pair of binoculars
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:47am

Staring up into the night sky has always inspired curiosity, wonder and the desire to know more.

While we often think that the right tool for exploring the mysteries above is a big telescope, the good news is that a pair of binoculars can be an even better choice.

Binocular expert Jim Shickley reveals his top tips for discovering the cosmos.

Frozen water is 'definitively' detected at the lunar poles
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:46am

Lunar scientists have confirmed the 'definitive' discovery of water ice on the surface of the Moon.

Light from central quasar outshines host galaxy cluster
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:03am

A galaxy cluster has been discovered hiding in plain sight, obscured by the bright light from a supermassive black hole at its centre.

The discovery could explain why the early Universe was more opaque than today
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:49am

The early Universe is more opaque than today's because it is had far fewer galaxies than expected. Without the stars from galaxies, there is no ultraviolet radiation to make the interstellar gas transparent.

Exploring the challenges facing Britain's black women astronomers
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:13pm

The UK has a lot of work to do in attracting black women into astronomy, writes Ben Skuse.

The super-heated planets break and then remake water
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:54am

The ultra-hot atmospheres of some exoplanets could act more like a star than a planet, destroying molecules such as water.

The facts behind the NASA journey to the centre of the Solar System
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:47pm

The Parker Solar Probe launched on 12 August 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning its journey to study our Sun up close. 

Elizabeth Pearson looks at how it will get there and what it’s hoping to discover.

The first direct detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:29am

A collision between two stars has led to the first ever direct detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space.

We speak to some of the scientists at this year's festival
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:52am


In this special edition of Radio Astronomy, we’re live at the world famous Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire for the Bluedot science and music festival 2018.

We speak to some of science speakers at this year's festival to discuss the history of Jodrell Bank, the secrets of the Sun, the Soviet space race and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.


Galactic outskirts may be ideal hunting grounds for ripples in spacetime
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:33am

The edges of spiral galaxies may be one of the best places in the cosmos to look for gravitational waves, according to a new study.

Mars Express detects subsurface pond hidden below dust and ice
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:44pm

Scientists have found evidence of liquid water hidden below the surface of Mars.

Watch a red Moon rise over the UK this Friday night
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:13pm

Friday 27 July 2018 sees a red Moon rise over Europe and much of the rest of the world. Find out what causes this celestial spectacle, and how you can see it.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:14pm


In this episode of Radio Astronomy meteorite hunter Peter Jenniskens talks to us about his recent find of a space rock in the Botswanan bush.

Plus, we reveal our stargazing tips for making the most of one of this year’s top meteor showers, the Perseids.

Astronomers could discover exoplanets in months rather than decades
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:54am

A new method could allow astronomers to discover exoplanets that would currently take decades to observe within a few months. The technique would vastly speed up how long it takes to discover distant worlds and expand the variety of planets we know about.

The planet now has 79 moons, the most of any planet in the Solar System
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:04pm

A dozen moons have been found in orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet's total to 79 - the most anywhere in the Solar System. Though 11 of them appear to be part of the normal populations of moons, one is distinctly weird.

Our guide to the year's best displays, and how to make the most of them
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:40am

Perseids, Geminids, Lyrids: with as many as 100 shooting stars an hour during the best meteor showers, these annual all-sky events are not to be missed, and a great excuse to go stargazing.

Astronomy author and astrophotographer Jamie Carter reveals his top tips for meteor-spotting.

Juno data points to a mysterious 'hot spot' on the Jovian satellite
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:45am

Another volcano may have been discovered on Jupiter's moon Io, according to data from NASA's Juno mission.

Investment in UK space sector will see Britain put satellites in Earth orbit
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:37am

Investment in the UK space sector will see rockets lifting off from Great Britain in the coming years.

What NASA's Dawn mission has revealed about the dwarf planet
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:51am

Ceres Woolley Maisch explores the mysteries of her namesake dwarf planet, and what NASA's Dawn mission has revealed.

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