Astronomy News

Bake our astro-inspired dessert this Valentine's Day
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:25pm

Our regular astrobaker Katharine Kilgour turns to one of the most familiar deep-sky objects as inspiration for this Valentine's Day cheesecake.

Katharine Kilgour likes to combine her love of astronomy with her love of cooking, making tasty treats to feed herself, her friends and her family Astro-boy (aged 12), Astro-girl (aged 16) and Astro-dad.

Catch the comet's close approach in the early hours over the coming week
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:49pm

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is due to make its closest approach to Earth this weekend, and with a bit of careful planning, you should be able to spot it over the coming week.

Astronomer Jon Powell looks back on the famous comet's 1986 appearance
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:50pm

With Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova making its close approach to Earth this week, amateur astronomer Jonathan Powell looks back on the return of Comet 1P/Halley (Halley's Comet) in 1986, and how he let two opportunities for outreach pass him by.

Discovery suggests belt of comet-like objects has survived stellar evolution
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:21pm

The discovery of a comet-like icy body being ripped apart in the atmosphere of a white dwarf star suggests a belt of such objects exists in another planetary system, and has survived stellar evolution.

Rocks indicate liquid water, but also a lack of warming carbon dioxide
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:49pm

NASA scientists are currently attemtping to resolve a paradox in data collected on Mars that says flowing water once existed on the planet, but that it also may not have been hot enough to keep water unfrozen.

'Flattening' theory may explain why Ahuna Mons is dwarf's only cryovolcano
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:44pm

Cryovolcanoes on the dwarf planet Ceres may be flattening out and disappearing over time, according to a new study.

Swirls of frozen carbon dioxide revealed in newly-released images
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:10pm

ESA Mars Express reveals the north polar cap of Mars in amazing clarity in this mosaic of images captured over five years.

Search the night sky online with Slooh's robotic scopes
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:37pm

We've teamed up with Slooh to give away three gifts packs, each featuring a year's access to control their online robotic telescopes.

British scientists will search for sunken iron-rich rocks in Antarctica
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:03am

British scientists have announced the first ever UK-led meteorite hunting mission to Antarctica, in the hope of discovering clues about the formation of planetary bodies.

Hubble Constant discrepancy could point to misunderstanding of the cosmos
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:22pm

A new study looking at the rate of expansion of the Universe suggests we may be missing a vital piece in our understanding of physics.

New satellite fleet could spell the end for bright satellite flashes in the sky
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:06pm

A new fleet of satellites is being phased into Earth orbit that could spell the end for the predictable bright flashes in the night sky known as Iridium flares.

Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:15pm

Britain's first ESA astronaut will serve onboard the ISS once more. The announcement came while Peake was unveiling a new exhibit at the Science Museum in London featuring the spacecraft that transported him home from the ISS.

Science Museum acquires space capsule that carried UK astronaut to ISS
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:14am

The Science Museum in London has acquired a piece of UK space history intended to inspire the next generation of British astronauts.

Transforming stellar explosion challenges current theories of how stars die
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:57pm

Observations of a supernova that appears to have changed its type over the course of a year have thrown into question our understanding of how stars live out the end of their lives.

Rocky ridges could point to dry periods in Red Planet's wet history
Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:17pm

Ridges formed in the rocks at Lower Mount Sharp on Mars could point to evidence of wet mud on the planet's surface that eventually dried up.

The Canadian astronaut's one-man show comes to the UK and Ireland
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:20am
 
Chris Hadfield brings his Unique Lives spoken word tour to the UK and Ireland, performing a one-man show that takes its audience on a journey of inspiration and the possibilities life can bring. BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited Bristol's Hippodrome theatre to see the Canadian astronaut kick off his new tour.
 
 
Amateur astronomer Jonathan Powell looks back on one of 2015's highlights
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:36pm

In the first of a series of astro-anecdotes, amateur astronomer, writer, broadcaster and dark-sky campaigner Jonathan Powell looks back on one of the celestial highlights of 2015, and an impromtu outreach session in a supermarket carpark.

Anton Agejev reports on the search for life among the stars
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:40am

Humanity has pondered for centuries whether intelligent life exists beyond Earth. One project currently searching the stars is Breakthrough Listen, which achieved first light a year ago this month. Anton Agejev finds out how the project is progressing.

Observatory provides VLT to search Alpha Centauri star system for exoplanets
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:55pm

Breakthrough Starshot is an initiative seeking to explore the star system Alpha Centauri for potentially habitable exoplanets. The latest to join the search is the European Southern Observatory, which will offer the power of its Very Large Telescope to scour the skies.

Has the space telescope detected an exoplanet around star TW Hydrae?
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:42pm

The Hubble Space Telescope may have revealed an exoplanet in orbit around a young star by capturing a shadow moving across the star's dusty disc.

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