Astronomy News

New mission to look for signs of life on the Red Planet
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:22pm

The mission will look for signs of habitability on the Red Planet, and may answer some questions about how life on our own world began.

Dusty disc observed around red giant reveals new secrets of stellar evolution
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:59pm

ESO's Very Large Telescope is enabling astronomers to view stellar activity in unpredecented clarity, revealing the secrets of stellar birth, evolution and death.

Spacecraft to pave the way for space-borne gravitational wave observatories
Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:56pm

The detection of gravitational waves in space moves one step closer as LISA Pathfinder begins operations.

Discovery brings observations 200 million years closer to the Big Bang
Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:36am

The Hubble Telescope continues to make groundbreaking discoveries that are expanding astronomers' understanding of the formation of the Universe.

Astronomers detect boundary between disc and infalling gas envelope
Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:01pm

New observations using the ALMA telescope have led to an important discovery about the growth of a young protostar.

Record-breaking turn in space comes to an end as ISS command handed over
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:21pm

The record-breaking NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has handed over command of the ISS following his return to Earth with cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov.

'Empty' spaces throughout the cosmos could contain 20% of normal matter
Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:35pm

The 'empty' voids between filaments of dark matter and galaxies could be hiding as much as 20 per cent of the normal matter in the cosmos, according to a new study.

Observations reveal clues as to chemical compostion of supernovae
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:38pm

Observations of a type Ia supernova with the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new information about the source of their brightness.

Gamma ray burst could reveal origins of gravitational wave detection
Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:33am

The news of the first ever detection of gravitational waves was a major astronomical discovery. Now a further study of the event has revealed a gamma-ray burst that could point to the origin of the black holes behind the event.

Tectonic faults point to freezing and expansion of subsurface liquid water
Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:13pm

Data from New Horizons continues to enable NASA scientists to learn more about Pluto and its moons. The latest study suggests a subsurface ocean may once have existed on Charon.

X-ray jet illuminated by background radiation from the early Universe
Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:31pm

The 'accidental' discovery of X-ray jets shooting out of a black hole in the distant Universe is a sign there could be more waiting to be detected.

Astronomers study cloudy atmosphere of scorching hot, massive exoplanet
Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:52am

Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope have enabled astronomers to measure the rotation rate of a ‘super Jupiter’ exoplanet by comparing the changes in brightness in its atmosphere.

New spectroscopic method used to analyse exoplanet atmosphere
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:20pm

A new method of analysis has enabled astronomers to analyse the gases in the atmosphere of a super-Earth.

10 holiday ideas for astronomers seeking dark-sky retreats
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:36pm

Author and writer Jamie Carter presents an astronomer's holiday dream list: 10 hotels, guest houses, resorts and other trips with a focus on telescopes, stargazing, star parties and astrophotography.

Mysterious 'supernova' object discovered emitting neutron star X-rays
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:12pm

A team astronomers discovered a supernova imposter that, oddly, was giving off a fierce amount of X-rays.

LIGO discovery proves Einstein's theory of general relativity
Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:19am

100 years after Einstein presented his theory of general relativity to the world, the presence of gravitational waves has been detected for the first time.

Govert Schilling reports from the lift-off of ESA's latest space science mission
Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:18am

On 3 December 2015, ESA’s LISA Pathfinder lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana as part of a new mission to prepare for the future detection of gravitational waves. Astronomer and science writer Govert Schilling investigates.

Have astronomers discovered the culprit behind a disturbed spiral galaxy?
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:53pm

The mystery of a 'distubred' spiral galaxy may have been solved, following the discovery of an elongated dwarf nearby.

Watch the announcement of this year's events live via ESA's web stream
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:31pm

Today, ESA will announce the events taking place this year on 30 June to mark the second ever Asteroid Day. Follow the announcements, as they happen, in the window below.

Observations of a protoplanetary disc could redefine how planets are formed
Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:30pm

Studies of a protoplanetary disc surrounding a young star have revealed that dust grains in the outer edges of the disc are much colder than expected.

NASA's Juno mission successfully executed its first of 36 orbital flybys of Jupiter today...
The giant planet Jupiter could hold the secret to the formation of the solar system, of...
Celebrating the spacecraft's ability to push the boundaries of space science and technology...
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