Astronomy News

Read our guide to make the most of this spectacular event on 28 September
Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:12am
In the early morning on Monday 28 September, observers and early birds will be able to take advantage of a total eclipse of the Moon, an event during which the lunar surface can often appear rusty, brick red.
Scientists ponder effect of mysterious dusty object's close approach
Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:36am

The black hole at the centre of our Galaxy has shown an increase in X-ray activity over the past year. Could it be a result of the close approach of a mysterious cosmic object?

New method planned to locate dust-obscured stars at galactic centre
Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:44am

Galactic dust and fog prevents our telescopes from detecting stars hiding at the centre of the Milky Way. But a new detection method using radio waves has been devised that could reveal stars no one has ever seen before.

Cyclical light pattern observed as black hole orbits its partner
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:55am

The collision that occurs between two black holes is a colossal event that triggers massive gravitational waves. Scientists are closer to understanding the nature of two merging black holes and the cyclical light pattern given off as they orbit one another.

Cassini data explains Enceladus's orbital wobble with vast body of water
Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:52am

Cassini data continues to prompt new discoveries about Saturn and its moons. The latest revelation is of a global ocean lying beneath Enceladus's icy crust.

Still-forming star discovered 325 lightyears away offers unique insight
Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:00pm

For the first time, astronomers have managed to capture the early stages of a forming planetary system, with the discovery of a young parent star that is already hosting a planet.

Central galaxy displays 'ferocious' activity, forming 860 new stars per year
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:18am

The discovery of an active, ferocious star-forming galaxy at the centre of a cluster is allowing astronomers to learn more about collisions that occur between gas-rich galaxies known as 'wet mergers'.

Dawn data offers latest views of mysterious Occator crater features
Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:34am

The mysterious bright spots on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres are revealed in even greater detail in the latest image sent back by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

New technique used to investigate 'epoch of reionization'
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:56am

A team of astronomers have used a new technique to study Hubble data and reveal signs of the earliest galaxies that formed after the Big Bang.

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen controls rover robotic arm while orbiting Earth
Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:19pm

The success of a new experiment led by ESA is furthering the development of technologies that will help control space-based activites from Earth.

M31 and Milky Way have similar percentage of newborn stars based on mass
Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:43pm

Research using Hubble images has revealed a similarity between the stars in the Andromeda Galaxy and those in our own that was previously incalculable. 

Cassini observations reveal one of the rings contains larger particles
Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:42pm

Observations by Cassini orbiter show one of the rings takes longer to cool down, suggesting it is made up of new, dense objects that may have been a moon until recently.



Predicting satellite orbits could speed up their removal from orbit
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:05am

A new method of predicting satellite orbits could speed up their removal from orbit. The results will be tested next year with the Integral satellite.

The observatory will monitor a billion stars over five years
Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:45pm

The observatory will monitor a billion stars over five years. Already the mission has detected supernovae, extreme binary systems and taken over two million parallax measurements. 

Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:21pm

These hard to spot galaxies could unlock the mystery of galaxy formation

Galaxy cluster collision shockwaves bring radio emission cloud back to life
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:04am

A study of a galaxy cluster 1.6 billion lightyears away has revealed the re-energising power generated when two of these massive cosmic structures collide with one another.

Magnetic waves oscillating in through the Sun may cause the huge temperatures
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:18am

Magnetic waves oscillating in through the Sun may cause the huge temperatures

Detection of carbon brings scientists closer to origins of lunar lava eruptions
Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:06pm

Samples of the lunar surface brought back by the Apollo missions initially revealed the remnants of ancient lava eruptions that occurred on the Moon. Now, those same samples are helping scientists learn more about the origins of these so-called 'fire fountains'.

Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:22pm

Future space travel will rely on a new relationship between man and machine

New study could solve the mystery as to how Saturn and Jupiter formed
Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:00am

There is a discrepancy between current theories as to how the gas giants in our Solar System formed and the time it takes for the accretion of rocky cores to occur. New research may have solved the conundrum.

A newly formed star lights up the surrounding cosmic clouds in this new image from ESO’s La Silla...
New, detailed maps of the world's natural landscapes created using NASA satellite data...
A NASA/Duke University study provides new evidence why global temperatures remain stable in...
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