Astronomy News

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.

A history of collisions and impacts makes up the story of our cosmic home
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:16am

Elizabeth Pearson investigates how the Solar System was transformed 3.9 billion years ago

The particles could help solve  century old questions about cosmic rays
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:51am

A burst of cosmic neutrinos originated in a flaring blazar. The discovery could help solve the century old question of where cosmic rays come from.

Ancient formations provide clues about the history of the Red Planet
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:03am

The remnants of sand dunes have been found on Mars: features that formed about 2 billion years ago, when the Red Planet had flowing water and active volcanoes.

Space rock recovered among wild lions and elephants
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:33pm

An asteroid fragment that was witnessed exploding over the Botswana’s Central Game Reserve has been found amid elephants and lions

Written by Ceres Woolley Maisch

Gaia satellite reveals event that shaped the structure of our Galaxy
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:38am

Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, collided with a smaller 'sausage galaxy' early in its history, an event whose effect can still be seen today.

Exoplanet seen in the protoplanetary disc around a young dwarf star
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:14am

For the first time, an image has been captured of a newly-formed planet in orbit around a star.

Astronomers study the types of carbon found in our Galaxy
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:30am

The Milky Way contains 10 billion trillion tonnes of 'greasy' matter, but not the kind that goes on your toast.

Written by Katherine Shaw

Planets' axial tilts suggest stable climates and regular seasons
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:26am

Two exoplanets' axes of spin reveal they could be more Earth-like than originally thought.

Change in speed suggests mystery object could be a comet
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:46am

Astronomers may have solved the mystery of 'Oumuamua, the mysterious body that was spotted racing through our Solar System last year.

What can ripples in space-time tell us about black holes and neutron stars?
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:36am

On 14 September 2015, scientists observed gravitational waves for the first time.

But what are gravitational waves, and what can they tell us about the Universe?

Katherine Shaw investigates

Organics suggest moon meets requirements for life as we know it
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:00pm

The discovery of complex organic molecules on Enceladus makes Saturn's moon the only known body apart from Earth to satisfy the requirements for life as we know it.

New measurements of the mass of Saturn's rings reveal their age - and something they have...
Since it opened in April 2018, the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre has shared the...
A brief and unusual cosmic flash nicknamed "the Cow" has puzzled astronomers and...
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