Astronomy News

Coma cluster study explains how dead galaxies avoid being ripped apart
Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:09am

A study of the Coma Cluster suggests it could contain 100 times more dark matter than visible matter. 

New Horizons data shows broken surface surrounded by shallow troughs
Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:16am

Data from New Horizons revealing an icy, craterless plain on Pluto shows preliminary results sent back to Earth continue to exceed missions scientists' expectations.

Discovery could further understanding of Type Ia supernovae explosions
Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:01am

The Gaia satellite has spotted a unique binary star system that could help scientists learn more about Type Ia supernovae and the expansion of the Universe.

New Horizons images capture Pluto, Charon and Hydra
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:27am

New images sent back to Earth from the New Horizons mission have surpassed expectations, NASA mission scientists say.

NASA receives confirmation of Pluto's flyby mission success
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:32am

After successfully completing its flyby of Pluto, New Horizons has sent confirmation of the mission's success back to Earth, before beginning a new journey to the edges of the Solar System.

Data collected by NASA as spacecraft prepares for closest encounter
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:37am

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back data revealing the size of Pluto for the first time.

Chasms, craters and unknown dark region captured on Pluto's largest moon
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:50pm

Data from NASA’s New Horizons mission has uncovered the intricacies of Pluto’s moon Charon for the first time.


Cassini, Spitzer and Kepler among observatories collating dwarf planet data
Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:36pm

While the eyes of the world will be looking to the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on 14 July, NASA has revealed how its fleet of spacecraft and telescopes will also be turning their attention to the dwarf planet in preparation for the event.

NASA's New Horizons mission reveals most detailed image of Pluto yet
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:15am

NASA New Horizons mission scientists have received the most detailed image of Pluto ever taken, ahead of the mission’s closest approach on 14 July.

New software project to offer immersive astronomy experience
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:36am

A new immersive, virtual reality astronomy experience developed by Edinburgh astronomers could be set to make clear-sky stargazing a reality for anyone with an Internet connection.

Discovery could usher in new era of galaxy hunting, deeper in space
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:09pm

A radio telescope has detected a signal carrying the imprint of galaxy-forming hydrogen, meaning it could allow astronomers to search for galaxies deeper in space than ever before.

Sciencists closer to understanding dark energy's role in Universe expansion
Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:18pm

A new survey mapping dark matter is giving astronomers the techniques to understand more about dark energy and its role in the expansion of the Universe.

In 2018 a pulsar will encounter a massive star, creating high energy explosions
Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:01am

In 2018 a pulsar will encounter a massive star, creating high energy explosions

Gas giant growth in early stages creates 'laboratory' for planet formation
Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:59am

Astronomers are witnessing the birth of a planet in its very early stages, enabling them to gain a unique view of the formation process.

The craters could help researchers peer under the comet’s surface
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:18pm

The craters could help researchers peer under the comet’s surface

NASA/ESA project will observe spacecraft impact into binary asteroid system
Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:20pm

As part of Asteroid Day, ESA has revealed how observations and data collection on an international scale are helping prepare for a mission to analyse a binary asteroid system up close.

Infrared light surrounding white dwarf could come from giant planet
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:11pm

Scientists have discovered infrared light surrounding a white dwarf that could support the theory that massive, ageing planets can regain their infrared glow.

'Worldwide' campaign launched to observe high-energy light show
Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:20pm

V404 Cygni has renewed activity with its highest burst of high-energy light since 1989.

Gravitational disruption may be crucial in early stages of accretion
Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:13am

The presence of spiral arms surrounding a young star is being offered as a solution to a key problem in the theory of planetary formation.

Large galaxy shines twice as bright after accreting younger stars
Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:29pm

Planetary nebulae have enabled a team to discover the devouring of a smaller galaxy by Messier 87 within the past billion years.

New clues emerge in the mystery of a star with odd light patterns.
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