Astronomy News

Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious bursts of radio waves
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:13am

The source of mysterious bursts of radio waves has been confounding scientists for a decade. Now we’re finally making some progress, writes Govert Schilling.

Mysterious repeating signals observed anew from previous known source
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:28am

15 bursts of radio signals have been observed coming from a distant galaxy.

Written by Elizabeth Pearson

Observations reveal clues about the evolution of magnetic fields
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:26pm

Observations of a galaxy five billion lightyears away are helping astronomers understand more about how magnetic fields form and evolve over time.

Our guide to the best eclipses coming up over the next few years
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:32am

Wowed by images of the total solar eclipse in the USA this week? Jamie Carter presents your solar eclipse-chasing schedule for the coming years.

The early mornings pay off, as Ezzy's eclipse trip ends in spectacular fashion
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:02am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On the seventh day of her trip, all that driving pays off as totality begins.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Live stream the astronomical event of the year on 21 August
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:42pm

 

Watch the 'great American eclipse' via Slooh's live stream on 21 August, beginning at 4.30pm BST.

 

Ezzy makes a quick visit to Mount Rushmore ahead of eclipse day
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:11am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On the sixth day of her trip, Ezzy takes in the area surrounding Mount Rushmore, as 'E-Day' beckons.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Scott Levine images eclipse observing of a different kind: on the lunar surface
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:43pm

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 time, Scott looks at a word with alot of significance this week: shadow.

Ezzy meets likeminded eclipse chasers at an astroconvention
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:24am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On the fourth day of her trip, Ezzy finds herself in the middle of an astro convention, surrounded by like-minded eclipse chasers.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Ezzy's road trip takes her into the path of totality for the first time
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:52am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On her third day on the road, Ezzy makes her way into the path of totality for the first time, and the anticipation is palpable.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Celebrate the US eclipse with these snazzy iPhone cases
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:29pm

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

We have ten eclipse phone covers for iPhone 6 and 7 to give away via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, courtesy of Slooh and Speck.

Find out more below!

Ezzy visits Salt Lake's planetarium, where eclipse glasses are in high demand
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:01am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson continues her journey across the US to view the 21 August total solar eclipse.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

We report back from the astronomy festival deep in the Welsh countryside
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:48am

BBC Sky at Night joined revellers for a weekend of music and family-friendly astronomical fun at this year’s Solarsphere.

Written by Ben Skuse

Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:22am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win one of five eclipse iPhone covers.

Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:18am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win one of five eclipse iPhone covers.

How to peel back the layers of our host star and reveal its dynamic features
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:39am

With such a wide variety of telescopes, cameras and filters available, anyone can capture breathtaking images of our host star in different wavelengths, writes Mark Townley.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor sets out to catch the American eclipse
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:15am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson sets out for the trip of a lifetime, on her way to view the 21 August US total solar eclipse.

X-ray sources detected that may one day result in violent mergers
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:12am

Astronomers have detected X-ray sources in a galaxy that could eventually produce gravitational waves.

The rather obscure astronomy term is back in fashion this month
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:37am

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 celebrates one of his favourite words in the English language: syzygy!

Jon Powell recalls a memorable night searching for his Perseid partner
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:16am

As we approach the peak of the Perseids season, Jon Powell recalls a memorable night one August searching for his meteor-observing partner.

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