Astronomy News

Three detectors collaborate to measure effects of black hole merger
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:12am

 

For the first time, gravitational waves have been detected by three different detectors working in tandem. The collaboration could increase the chances for future detections.

 

Jamie Carter reports back from AstroCamp 2017
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:19pm
 

Returning once again to the Welsh village of Cwmdu, AstroCamp 11 brought together amateur astronomers from all over the UK to share stargazing, 'scopes and dark skies.

Written by Jamie Carter

 

Observations will help astronomers learn how planetary nebulae form
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:12am

A glowing cloud of cosmic dust and gas known as the Saturn Nebula, or NGC 7009, has been imaged by the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in a bid to help astronomers understand how these kinds of nebulae form.

Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:51am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of the Cambridge Photographic Atlas of Galaxies.

Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of Piers Bizony's new book Moonshots.

Win a copy of Piers Bizony's new book celebrating space photography
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:00pm

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Piers Bizony's Moonshots is a mammoth celebration of 50 years of NASA photography, from Apollo and Gemini to the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. We have two copies up for grabs! See below for more details on how to enter.

Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of the Cambridge Photographic Atlas of Galaxies.

Mysterious pulses may fill the sky "with flashes like paparazzi"
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:50am

Fast Radio Bursts are mysterious radio pulses originating from distant galaxies. A new study suggests one may be occurring somewhere in the sky every second.

Our pick of the top stories from this year's conference
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:19pm

The European Planetary Science Congress 2017 took place this week, 17–22 September 2017, in Riga, Latvia, as scientists gathered to reveal the latest news about the bodies that make up our Solar System.

Written by Iain Todd and Elizabeth Pearson.

The unique space rock lies in the asteroid belt but has a comet's tail
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:56pm

A pair of asteroids that behave like a comet have been found in the asteroid belt with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The binary system could help planetary scientists understand how water came to Earth and the other planets.

Scott Levine considers our exploration of the edge of the Solar System
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:41am

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, the end of the Cassini mission around Saturn gets Scott thinking about the outer reaches of our Solar System.

A guide to chasing down the Moon's shadow
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:37am

Did the 21 August 2017 eclipse turn you into an eclipse chaser? This handy guide will tell you all you need to know to plan your road trip and track down the next eclipse to pass over mainland US on 8 April 2024.

Hot Jupiter reflects almost no light, appearing "darker than asphalt"
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:37am

The Hubble Space Telescope has been used to examine a large, hot exoplanet that appears pitch black.

Patterns in planet's cloudy atmosphere observed closely for first time
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:19am

The clouds in Venus's atmosphere behave are more irregular and chaotic on its night side than on its day side, according to a new study.

The heat absorbing chemical has caused the atmosphere to reverse
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:00pm

The exoplanet WASP-19b has huge amounts of titanium oxide in its atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to 'reverse' so some of the upper layers are warmer than those lower down.

How the spacecraft will finish its mission at the Saturnian system
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:36am

The Cassini-Huygens mission has given scientists on Earth invaluable data on perhaps the most impressive planetary system in our Solar System, and given the public beautiful images of its storms, rings and moons.

But how will the spacecraft spend its final moments, and how will the mission end?

The UK’s largest university research group marks half a century of science
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:44am

We paid a visit to the UK’s largest university research group, deep in the Surrey Hills.

Written by Chris Bramley.

Technique can help determine conditions on orbiting planets
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:12pm

As the hunt for a habitable planet continues, a team of astronomers have discovered that alot can be learned by studying a star's X-ray emissions.

Finding challenges the view that galaxies only grow through merging
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:12pm

An enormous burst of star formation within the cores of early galaxies may have caused them to swell in size and form the giant elliptical galaxies common in the Universe today.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft shows the aurora dance in unexpected ways
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:04pm

Jupiter's most powerful aurorae are not accompanied by a strong electric potential field as they are on Earth. These are the findings of a study using data captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft, and only serve to deepen the mystery of the Gas Giant's aurora.

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