Astronomy News

November full Moon to be the ‘biggest’ in 70 years, but what does this mean?
Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:37pm

This month’s full Moon is set to be the ‘biggest’ in about 70 years. But what can observers actually expect to see, and should we believe the hype?

 
Protoplanetary discs observed, revealing young planets influence their form
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:10pm

Observations of newborn stars have revealed how young planets influence the shape of the discs from which they grow.

Stephen Hawking's life-searching project turns to our closest star system
Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:32am

The search for life outside of Earth is focussing its attentions on our nearest star system.

Supermassive object is thought to be the survivor of a violent collision
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:34pm

Astronomers searching for signs of galactic mergers have spotted a supermassive black hole apparently 'fleeing' from one such collision.

Rover zaps Red Planet rock with lasers to reveal chemical composition
Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:31pm

The Curiosity rover continues to traverse Martian terrain looking for clues that will help scientists piece together the geological and environmental history of the Red Planet. Its latest find is a meteorite that fell from the Martian sky.

Observations of Carina Nebula reveal how stars destroy their cosmic birthplace
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:30pm

Astronomers have observed the process by which pillar structures of gas and dust are blown apart by radiation from the stars they helped create.

Win tickets to a new stage show exploring how the Sun and planets came to be
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:59am

Astronomy journalist and presenter Will Gater is bringing his live show The Story of the Solar System to the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre in Somerset this month, and we have a pair of tickets to give away!

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures Schiaparelli's impact crater and debris
Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:53pm

New images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter appear to show the final landing site of the Schiaparelli lander, its parachute and heat shield.

Discovery has implications for our knowledge of galaxy formation
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:50am

The unexpected discovery of glowing halos around a batch of quasars suggests that increased observing power is changing what we know about the Universe.

Observations of flares in brightness defy explanation by astronomers
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:56am

Two mysterious sources of X-ray flares have been observed near distant galaxies and could represent an entirely new type of object.

Conundrum could be solved by the existence of a massive, distant planet
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:46pm

The existence of a ninth planet in our Solar System could provide the solution to an age-old problem concerning the orbits of the planets.

Voyager 2 data prompts new discovery, 30 years on
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:21am

30 years on, data from NASA's Voyager 2 mission continues to throw up new discoveries. The latest is two previously unknown moonlets thought to be orbiting Uranus.

Get out and get meteor spotting with our guide to observing this year's Orionids
Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:47am

The Orionid meteor shower season is peaking, meaning it’s time to get outside and look up in the hope of spotting a celestial fireball in the sky.

Volunteers help NASA scientists hone in on Martian surface features
Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:11am

Volunteer citizen scientists have been helping NASA scientists get closer to geological features on the surface of Mars.

Orbiter arrives safely, but whereabouts of lander yet to be confirmed
Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:56pm

The Trace Gas Orbiter that is part of the ExoMars 2016 mission to study the Red Planet has arrived safely in orbit, but contact has not yet been made with the Schiaparelli lander.

Pay tribute to the gas giant Jupiter with some tasty shortbread treats
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:02am

In the first of a new series bringing the cosmos into the kitchen, amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour pays tribute to the gas giant Jupiter with some tasty shortbread treats.

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.

Jamie Carter visits the historic Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:28am

More people have looked through Griffith Observatory’s 12-inch refracting Zeiss telescope in Los Angeles than through any other on Earth. Astrophotographer and writer Jamie Carter joins the throngs in the Hollywood hills. 

Deep field data from Hubble shines light on unobservable galaxies
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:03pm

Astronomers have used data from the Hubble Space Telescope to conclude that there are ten times as many galaxies in the Universe than we can currently observe.

Binary star system found containing three rotating discs of gas and dust
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:13am

Astronomers have spotted something never before seen in the Universe: a binary star system with three planet-forming discs surrounding it.

Bright object may have been dragged by colliding galaxies
Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:09pm

A 'hyperluminous X-ray source' has been identified as a massive black hole that may have wandered into another galaxy.

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