Astronomy News

Ultraviolet detection adds fresh craters to Moon's collision history
Tue May 24, 2016 3:21pm

Astronomers continue to search the Solar System for impact craters that can reveal the secrets of its formation. Two relatively young craters have been found on the Moon using a new technique that involves ultraviolet light.

25 years after docking at Mir, Sharman reminisces with her crew
Mon May 23, 2016 4:03pm

25 years after docking at Mir, Sharman reminisces with her crew and chats with current UK astronaut Tim Peake

Gravitational lensing reveals object at end of reionisation epoch
Mon May 23, 2016 1:08pm

Gravitational lensing enables astronomers to use massive objects like galaxy clusters as natural magnifying glasses to spot more distant objects lurking behind them. The technique has now been used to detect and confirm the faintest early-Universe galaxy ever observed.

New study offers solution as to lack of evidence of Red Planet's vast ocean
Thu May 19, 2016 1:56pm

Massive tsunamis on ancient Mars helped shape the Martian shoreline, according to a new study.

In 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton to fly in space. BBC Sky at Night
Wed May 18, 2016 11:55am

In 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton to fly in space. BBC Sky at Night Magazine interviewed her to ask how the last 25 years have changed for Britain in space

Oxygen and hydrogen ratios could be similar to those present in Earth's waters
Wed May 18, 2016 11:47am

A study comparing the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa with the ocean on Earth has revealed the two are more similar than expected, and that the former may have the necessary chemical balance to support life.

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, celebrates the 25th anniversary of her
Wed May 18, 2016 8:30am

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, celebrates the 25th anniversary of her launch on 18 May 2016. Here we look back on the history of Britain’s journey to the stars. 

Four-planet system could reveal the early synced orbits of Solar System giants
Tue May 17, 2016 1:59pm

The discovery of a planetary system with synced orbits may be evidence of an orbital configuration from which Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune broke free during the early years of the Solar System.

Crossing of magnetic boundaries thought to be responsible for space storms
Fri May 13, 2016 2:29pm

The crossing of the magnetic boundaries between Earth and the Sun is thought to be responsible for solar flares and space weather. For the first time, NASA spacecraft have observed the explosive process in action.

Nine specimens discovered orbiting their stars' 'habitable' zones
Wed May 11, 2016 1:58pm

NASA's Kepler space telescope continues to expand both our knowledge of the Universe and the liklihood of finding potentially habitable, Earth-sized planets.

Jamie Carter travels to Fuerteventura for a night photography course
Wed May 11, 2016 10:51am

Astrophotographer and astronomy author Jamie Carter travels to the UNESCO Starlight Reserve of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands for a four-day night photography course.

Analysis of gas and dust contrasts NASA scientists' predictions
Mon May 09, 2016 2:38pm

Through analysing the jets that spew out from beneath the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA scientists hope to learn more about the workings of the icy body's sub-surface ocean.

Mercury to cross the face of the Sun in rare astronomical event
Fri May 06, 2016 9:52am
On Monday 9 May astronomers will be treated to a rare occurrence as Mercury passes across the face of the Sun, appearing as a dark dot traversing the bright solar disc.
Eta Aquariids viewable as Earth passes through debris left by Halley's Comet
Thu May 05, 2016 11:44am

Did you manage to glimpse a meteor this morning? Earth is currently passing through the trail of debris left by Halley's Comet, resulting in a meteor shower that is currently at its peak.

Mars Orbiter detects minerals consistent with similar sites on Earth
Wed May 04, 2016 11:02am

Comparing minerals detected on the surface of Mars with those found on Earth can reveal much about the geological history of the Red Planet and how it has changed over time.

Three worlds are discovered with the potential for hosting life as we know it
Tue May 03, 2016 10:42am

The hunt for habitable exoplanets continues with the discovery of three promising worlds orbiting a dwarf star 40 lightyears from Earth.

Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:26pm

The ESA technology blurs the line between manned and robotic exploration

Einstein's theory of relativity enables new calculation method
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:51am

Galaxy clusters could be used as markers to investigate dark energy, the invisible and mysterious energy causing the expansion of the Universe.

Spacecraft continues to show the secrets of the Saturn system
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:36am

The Cassini spacecraft has revealed liquid methane seas on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, according to data collected since 2007.

Kuiper Belt observations reveal satellite orbiting Pluto-like dwarf planet
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:28am

Hubble observations have revealed a moon surrounding the second second brightest dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt.

NASA has selected a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend our nation's...
Analysis of a giant new galaxy survey, made with ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope in Chile, suggests that...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since...
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