Astronomy News

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.

Results show discrepancy between apparent density and the mass of material
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:59am

Studies of Saturn’s B ring have shown little correlation between how opaque or dense certain areas appear to be and the amount of material present, adding to the mystery of how the ringed planet’s prominent features formed.

Geological study of moon rocks provides evidence for lunar formation story
Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:02pm

The Moon is the product of a violent, head-on collision between Earth and a planetary embryo called Theia that occurred about 4.5 billion years ago, according to a new study.

Study offers explanation for existence of young stars in older clusters
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:54pm

The presence of different generations of stars within the same globular cluster could be explained by the clusters ‘adopting’ other stars rather than creating them, according to a new study.

Kennedy Space Center's memorial to the astronauts who lost their lives
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:23am

Thirty years ago today, on 28 January 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on a planned mission to deploy a data relay satellite and carry out several science experiments, including observations of Halley's Comet.

Study shows relationship between dark matter density and cluster structure
Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:22am

It has long been inferred by astronomers that the heavier a galaxy cluster is, the more dark matter is in its environment. But new studies are revealing that the relationship between the two could be even more intricate.

Mysterious invisible 'lenses' observed varying quasar radio waves
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:15am

A study of the Milky Way has revealed invisible structures shaped like ‘noodles’ could be floating in the gas that exists throughout the Galaxy.

Contender for new Solar System member thought to be Neptune-like gas giant
Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:00am

Since the declassification of Pluto in 2006, our Solar System has been considered an eight-planet system. But a new discovery by astronomers may have revealed a new contender for the ninth member.

Discovery could provide vital link in the evolution of supermassive black holes
Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:46pm

The use of radio telescopes is helping astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan uncover hidden black holes within the Galaxy. Their latest discovery could be a vital piece in the puzzle as to how supermassive black holes are formed.

Astronauts bring space station back to full working capacity
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:59am

Tim Peake has become the first ESA-sponsored British astronaut to complete a spacewalk during a mission to replace a failed power generator.

Supermassive black hole's feeding frenzy creates turbulence in galactic gas
Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:37pm

Turbulence caused by a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy is causing ionised gas to be blown in all directions.

Tim Peake to become first official British astronaut to perform EVA
Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:20am

Preparation is underway for Tim Peake's first spacewalk, taking place today at 12:55 UTC. Tune in to Stargazing LIVE tonight at 9pm with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain to see how Tim got on.

Powerful new instrument on ESO's VLT makes discovery during initial tests
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:21am

A powerful new telescope instrument that will look at the environments surrounding black holes has met expectations by making a discovery during its initial tests.

Observations reveal quasar's dramatic shut-off as black hole consumes its fuel
Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:50am

Observations have been made of a bright quasar over a 12-year period, giving astronomers insight into a unique and dramatic process at work.

Astronomers posit the cause of ripples in gas in our galactic outer disc
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:14am

Using a new discipline called galactoseismology, astronomers have been able to posit for the first time the cause of ripples in the outer disc of the Milky Way.

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