Astronomy News

Chaotic feeding process is directly observed for the first time
Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:21pm

New observations with ESO's ALMA telescope have changed astronomers' perception of how black holes feed.

Atmospheric temperature analysis proves an efficient detection method
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:26am

Mars orbiters have managed to detect patterns in the dust storms occurring on Mars.

Water on massive, scorching exoplanets could be hidden by opaque clouds
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:23pm

The study of exoplanets is key to understanding how our own Solar System formed. But a new study suggests that observations of a massive type of exoplanet called hot Jupiters have been hindered by cloudy and hazy atmospheres.

Study finds elements are ejected from galaxies rather than being recycled
Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:27pm

A new study reveals that galaxies are not as efficient at creating stars as originally thought.

Test confirms the potential for space-based gravitational wave observatory
Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:32am

A space-based observatory will be necessary to continue more detailed studies of gravitational waves in the future. This ambitious project has moved closer to realisation with the successful deployment of ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission.

Plumes of ammonia key to planet's dynamic atmosphere
Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:32pm

Radio wavelength images of Jupiter's atmosphere have revealed the cycle of ammonia that produces the planet's equatorial clouds.

Hubble observations allow calculations a higher degree of accuracy
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:27am

The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed that the modern Universe is expanding at a faster rate than it did shortly after the Big Bang.

Convection movements in nitrogen ice continually refresh surface material
Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:36am

Geological activity in Pluto's heart-shaped region is continuously recycling surface nitrogen ice through a lava lamp-like convection current.

UK astronaut picks the best of his own ISS images ahead of this year's final
Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:12pm

As judging gets underway for this year's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, British astronaut Tim Peake was asked by the Royal Observatory Greenwich to select which of his many photos captured from the International Space Station might stand a chance of winning.

Discovery contradicts theory that bigger planets take longer to form
Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:37am

The search for young planetary systems continues, as astronomers look to piece together the story of how planets form. A team of scientists seeking out young stars have found a massive planet, bigger than Jupiter, orbiting a specimen just two million years old.

Rosetta results reveal comets could have brought life to Earth
Tue May 31, 2016 10:05am

Were the ingredients that kick-started life on Earth delivered by a comet or asteroid crash-landing on our planet? New data from ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed this could have been the case.

Study finds glacial period ended on Red Planet 400,000 years ago
Fri May 27, 2016 10:22am

Understanding Mars's climate history is key to understanding how its landscape has changed over time. NASA scientists have made a leap forward in the study of the Martian climate with the discovery of evidence of an ice age 400,000 years ago.

Evidence found that cosmic giants formed through collapse of gas clouds
Wed May 25, 2016 10:45am

Researchers have discovered two objects that could be the 'seeds' of supermassive black holes, and could help explain why early black holes grew so quickly after the Big Bang.

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. 

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