Astronomy News

Powerful new instrument on ESO's VLT makes discovery during initial tests
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:21am

A powerful new telescope instrument that will look at the environments surrounding black holes has met expectations by making a discovery during its initial tests.

Observations reveal quasar's dramatic shut-off as black hole consumes its fuel
Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:50am

Observations have been made of a bright quasar over a 12-year period, giving astronomers insight into a unique and dramatic process at work.

Astronomers posit the cause of ripples in gas in our galactic outer disc
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:14am

Using a new discipline called galactoseismology, astronomers have been able to posit for the first time the cause of ripples in the outer disc of the Milky Way.

Vital mission will make Peake the first British astronaut to walk in space
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:53pm

Tim Peake is due to become the first British astronaut to perform a spacewalk when he exits the ISS to repair a vital component this month.

Material build-up helps astronomers spot speedy stars rushing through space
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:30am

Astronomers are locating dozens of speedy ‘runaway’ stars by observing the infrared material that piles up in front of them.

Massive centaurs on the outer edges of the Solar System pose potential risk
Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:16pm

Earth could be at risk from massive comets orbiting the outer edges of our Solar System, according to new research.

Intrepid Travel is offering two people the astronomy trip of a lifetime
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:31am

Intrepid Travel is offering two people the chance to win an amazing stargazing trip to Morocco.

Don't forget to wave at Tim Peake as he orbits the Earth
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:30am

Spotting the ISS is easier than you might think. Don't forget to wave at Tim Peake as he orbits the Earth over this Christmas.

On board the ISS, the crew spend the holiday amongst the stars
Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:18pm

On board the ISS, the crew spend the holiday amongst the stars


Astronomers solve mystery of gaps in dust surrounding transitional discs
Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:58pm

Astronomers may have potentially solved a longstanding question as to why gaps appear in some dusty discs that surround young stars.

Powerful gamma rays seen in distant galaxy
Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:59pm

The light from a blazar could help find the density of the Universe’s photon fog

Exoplanet found orbiting a nearby star in the 'habitable' zone
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:29pm

As the hunt for a 'second Earth' continues, exoplanet hunters from New South Wales have discovered a new candidate: the closest to our Solar System ever observed.

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Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:34pm
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Tim Peake and colleagues greeted on board after successful launch
Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:13am

The ISS has welcomed three new arrivals on board the floating laboratory, following the successful launch of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

Britain's first official astronaut begins his journey into space
Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:34pm

Britain's first official astronaut has begun his journey to the ISS, ahead of a six-month mission that will see him carry out numerous experiments in the floating laboratory.

Piers Bizony looks at the history of building the International Space Station
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:56am

The International Space Station (ISS) has been mankind’s farthest outpost since the turn of the century. Piers Bizony looks back at the history of its construction.

Hubble and Spitzer telescopes used in wide 'hot Jupiter' observations
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:13am

Observations of hot, Jupiter-like exoplanets using the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes may have enabled astronomers to solve a longstanding mystery of missing water on the planets' surfaces.

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:30pm

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores this enduring mystery.

Cloudy stellar storm has been raging for at least two years
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:20am

Jupiter's Great Red Spot continues to be something of a mystery for astronomers, but now a similar sized storm has been observed on a star.

New Dawn evidence suggests they are a type of salt
Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:02pm

New Dawn evidence suggests the spots stem from a subsurface layer of salt ice that sublimates away when it is exposed by an asteroid strike, leaving behind a salty residue.

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