Astronomy News

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.

Observations provide insight into the early beginnings of the Universe
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:38pm

The discovery of a cradle of young, monstrous galaxies is allowing astronomers to study more closely their relationship with dark matter structures.

Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:35pm

The Juno space probe will use amateur observations to help plan its mission and keep track of Jupiter's constantly changing cloud layer.

Comparisons of Sun and another star reveal similarities in physical processes
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:04pm

Researchers have been comparing the flares released by our Sun with those released by a star elsewhere in the Milky Way, indicating it is possible the Sun has the potential to release superflares that would be devastating for life on Earth.

Exoplanet in distant orbit could point to disturbances in planetary system
Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:02pm

Researchers have suggested that an exoplanet in a distant orbit around its star could have been expelled from its planetary system, and may provide evidence for a similar process occurring in our own early Solar System.

Scientists one step closer to understanding planet's swirling cloud patterns
Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:37pm

Computer simulations have taken scientists one step closer to understanding the mysterious weather patterns on Jupiter.

Astronomers presented with unique opportunity to observe process in action
Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:23pm

The discovery of a supermassive blackhole in a nearby galaxy has presented astronomers with the opportunity of observing it swallowing a star and emitting jets of material, confirming current theories.

The destruction of Phobos could eventually form Saturn-like rings around Mars
Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:17pm

Mars’s moon Phobos is being pulled towards its host in a process that could eventually tear it apart and create rings around the Red Planet.

Dr Elizabeth Pearson explores the origins and legacy of Einstein's work
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:30am
In November 1915 Albert Einstein was preparing to present what would go on to become one of the most important sets of equations to have ever been put down on paper: his general theory of relativity.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Dr Elizabeth Pearson explores the origins, legacy and future of this remarkable research.

Concentrated particle 'roots' could reveal more about mysterious susbstance
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:36am

Simulations of the behaviour of dark matter have hypothesized dark matter 'hairs' protruding from planetary bodies that could potentially be studied to reveal more about the mysterious substance.

Study calculates distances to planetary nebulae with new accuracy
Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:30pm

Astronomers have undertaken a study to measure the distances to planetary nebulae with more accuracy than ever before.

Powerful magnetic field surpasses expectations of a small, cool dwarf star
Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:42pm

Observations of a cool, red dwarf star that is producing an intensely powerful magnetic field could have major implications for the search for habitable planets outside our Solar System.

New observations show dead star's glowing disc caused by destroyed asteroid
Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:54pm

Astronomers have used ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to study the remains of a white dwarf and the asteroid it ripped apart in detail.

Discovery could overhaul current theories of galactic evolution
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:01pm

The earliest massive galaxies ever observed have been discovered by a team using data from a five-year survey of the Universe by ESO's VISTA telescope.

Shimmering stars point to new method of determining galactic ages
Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:49am

Measuring the 'pulse' of shimmering stars in a galaxy could provide a new method of determining that galaxy's age, according to a team of researchers.

Editor Chris Bramley selects his favourite Earth image for Air Charter Service
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:45pm

BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley was recently asked by Air Charter Service to select his favourite image of Earth from space.

Observations reveal the source of gamma ray light from the Tarantula Nebula
Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:58am

Observations using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have confirmed that previously suspected gamma ray brightness coming from the Tarantula Nebula is in fact the first gamma ray pulsar detected outside our Galaxy.

The hunt for Earth's 'twin' uncovers rocky planet just 39 lightyears away
Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:43am

The hunt for exoplanets continues in the hope of finding Earth's 'twin'. The latest discovery is of a Venus-like exoplanet cool enough to potentially host an atmosphere and close enough to study in detail.

Study of Phobos streaks reveal new findings on lunar interior and tidal forces
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:54am

Streaks on the surface of Phobos were previously thought to be caused by an impact, but new findings suggest the actual cause could be far more catastrophic.

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