Astronomy News

New study challenges leading theory as to how scorching gas giants form
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:29pm

The study of exoplanets over the past decade has revealed much about the properties of other plantaery systems and how they form. A new study using the Spitzer Space Telescope is providing clues as to the formation of a type of scorching gas giant called 'hot Jupiters'.

Study of surface peaks reveals more information about moon's geology
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:08am

Cassini continues to reveal new discoveries about the surfaces of Saturn and its moons, enabling scientists to infer the geological processes occurring underneath.

Studies show how the Sun's solar winds compress the planet's magnetosphere
Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:08pm
Observations have revealed a new link between solar storms and Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’, ahead of the arrival of NASA Juno spacecraft at the planet this summer.
Could trained dogs be our newest secret weapon in the hunt for meteorites?
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:15am

Barcelona-based animal trainer Daniel Garcia Bernal has made a career of teaching dogs how to assist police in their fight against crime. But his latest project is utilising those finely tuned canine senses for another reason: meteorite-hunting. Daniel got in touch with BBC Sky at Night Magazine to share his story.

Early flash of exploding star captured during search of 500 distant galaxies
Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:49am

Supernova explosions are a fundamental piece in the formation and evolution of the Universe as it exists today. New observations using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope have captured one such explosion in action.

Stars observed with masses over 100 times that of the Sun
Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:20pm

Hubble's ultraviolet study of an area of space teeming with massive, hot stars has revealed nine specimens with masses over 100 times that of our Sun.

The high energy particles originated from the supermassive black hole at our Gal
Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:55pm

The high energy particles originated from the supermassive black hole at our Galactic centre. The particles reach energies 100 times greater than can be produced at CERN.

Observations of mysterious features suggest dwarf planet is active
Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:00pm

Ceres' bright spots appear to be changing as the dwarf planet rotates, revealing it could be an active body.

Britain's first official astronaut clocks three months on board the ISS
Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:22pm

Having blasted off into Earth's orbit on 15 December last year, British astronaut Tim Peake has reached the half-way point of his Principia mission. Science writer Nick Spall looks back on Tim's time in space so far.

Three decades ago ESA's first deep space probe flew past one of the most well kn
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:19pm

Three decades ago ESA's first deep space probe flew past one of the most well known objects in the Solar System, Halley's Comet

We have five necklaces crafted with genuine lunar dust to give away
Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:57am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine has partnered with Jurassic Jewellery to give away one of five Moon Dust Necklaces, made with genuine lunar dust, to five lucky winners.

Jamie Carter explores some of the best Dark Sky Sites and Reserves
Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:12am

If you want to escape light pollution completely, only an International Dark Sky Park or Reserve will do. Science writer Jamie Carter presents the definitive guide.

New mission to look for signs of life on the Red Planet
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:22pm

The mission will look for signs of habitability on the Red Planet, and may answer some questions about how life on our own world began.

Dusty disc observed around red giant reveals new secrets of stellar evolution
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:59pm

ESO's Very Large Telescope is enabling astronomers to view stellar activity in unpredecented clarity, revealing the secrets of stellar birth, evolution and death.

Spacecraft to pave the way for space-borne gravitational wave observatories
Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:56pm

The detection of gravitational waves in space moves one step closer as LISA Pathfinder begins operations.

Discovery brings observations 200 million years closer to the Big Bang
Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:36am

The Hubble Telescope continues to make groundbreaking discoveries that are expanding astronomers' understanding of the formation of the Universe.

Astronomers detect boundary between disc and infalling gas envelope
Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:01pm

New observations using the ALMA telescope have led to an important discovery about the growth of a young protostar.

Record-breaking turn in space comes to an end as ISS command handed over
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:21pm

The record-breaking NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has handed over command of the ISS following his return to Earth with cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov.

'Empty' spaces throughout the cosmos could contain 20% of normal matter
Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:35pm

The 'empty' voids between filaments of dark matter and galaxies could be hiding as much as 20 per cent of the normal matter in the cosmos, according to a new study.

Observations reveal clues as to chemical compostion of supernovae
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:38pm

Observations of a type Ia supernova with the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new information about the source of their brightness.

International teams of astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA...
A distant planet orbiting two stars, found by its warping of spacetime, has been confirmed using...
An international team using ALMA, along with ESO’s Very Large Telescope and other telescopes, has...
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