Astronomy News

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.

Latest mission data turns Pluto knowledge 'upside down'
Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:08pm

Data sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft has revealed what may be ice volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, and the 'pandemonium' of its spinning moons.

Fireballs seen above Poland and Thailand as Taurid 'swarm' continues
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:27pm

Recent reports of fireballs in the sky above Thailand and Poland could be a sign of Earth’s movement into the comet debris known as the Taurids meteor shower.

NASA's MAVEN mission reveals Sun's role in transformation of Red Planet
Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:51am

Following the discovery that mass bodies of water once existed on Mars, NASA has been studying the Red Planet to discover what caused such a vast change in its atmosphere. New data from MAVEN appears to have the answer.

Observations reveal protostars' 'distinct ejection events' for the first time
Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:41am

ESO's ALMA telescope has uncovered the growth of a protostar occuring in short bursts, revealing the process of stellar formation in greater clarity than ever before.

Study shines new light on exoplanetary detection method
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:10am

While gaps in the discs surrounding young stars are a means of discovering newly formed, unseen planets, a study has found that some gaps could be a sort of cosmic illusion. Rather than the sign of a massive planet, some apparent gaps in the discs might be a result of smaller planetary particles.

Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:39pm

The estate hopes to create a centre from which astronomers can explore the dark skies of Wales.

New detection method observes changes in circumstellar dust and gas rings
Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:55am

The detection of very young planets in the discs of newborn stars isn't always easy, due to the dust and gas contained within the discs. But a new method of detection looking at the spirals around young stars could help reveal both the number and masses of planets.

Rosetta's discovery marks the first 'in situ' detection of the gas at a comet
Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:58am

The confirmation of oxygen at 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko is the first in situ detection of the gas at a comet, and has the potential to throw some models of the formation of the Solar System into question.

Astronomers discover thin disc of young stars hidden behind dusty clouds
Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:25pm

Observations using ESO's VISTA telescope have uncovered a previously unknown disc of young stars hiding behind dust clouds in the centre of the Milky Way.

Mysterious sources of energetic particles could be the source of X-ray jets
Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:53am

The sources of highly energetic particles that surround black holes known as coronas could be linked to the production of massive flares of X-ray light that shoot out from black holes, according to new observations by the Swift and NuSTAR telescopes.

Planetary formation theory suggests why Red Planet is smaller than Earth
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:43am

A long-standing question as to why Mars is so much smaller than Earth may have been solved with a new study looking at theories of planetary formation.

Spacecraft to collect data on geological activity in moon's global ocean
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:17am

Cassini's next mission manoeuvre aims to find out more about the geological activity occurring on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, revealing new data that will help determine the prospects for supporting life in its global ocean.

Astronomers peer into earliest Universe, before epoch of reionisation
Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:36am

A study using Hubble Space Telescope data has allowed astronomers to peer into the early beginnings of the Universe, including the mysterious period known as the 'epoch of reionisation'.

Close range tidal disruption offers insight into the behaviour of black holes
Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:07pm

Observations of a black hole tearing apart a nearby star are giving astronomers a rare insight into the process, known as a 'tidal disruption'.

Kepler 2 discovers irregular transit occurring around distant dead star
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:08am

NASA's Kepler 2 spacecraft may have found the "smoking gun" showing for the first time how white dwarfs can vaporise rocky remnants that survive within the dead star's planetary system.

Hubble and Kepler data reveals planet-forming potential of the Universe
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:49am

The vast majority of Earth-like planets that will ever form in the Universe have yet to be born, according to a new study.

Impact crater near Moon's south pole could have begun volcanic activity
Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:28pm

Scientists are looking to volcanic processes to explain a mineralogical anomaly in a mound within an impact basin near the Moon's south pole.

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