Astronomy News

Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:09pm

After returning to Earth for the final time in March, Space Shuttle Discovery is being given a thorough examination and prepared for its last journey to a museum in the US

Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:48pm

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has provided the first ever image of Mercury from an orbiting spacecraft, capturing previously unrecorded territory near the planet's south pole.

Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:42pm

Astronomers may have found the first direct evidence for where high-energy cosmic rays detected here on Earth come from, thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory

Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:38pm

The long-running NASA spacecraft Stardust finally completed its 5.7 billion km, 12-year mission last week. On 24 March the probe finished its remaining fuel in one final 146 second blast.

Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:36pm

A new infrared image from the Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the heart of the Milky Way to be a place glowing with stars and excited gas.

Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:36pm

Like here on Earth, spring seems to have brought rain to Titan's equatorial deserts, and on this distant, icy satellite, it rains methane.

Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:35pm

The full Moon of 19 March will be one of the biggest and brightest lunar displays of recent years, thanks to the Moon coming particularly close to the Earth

Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:29pm

The International Space Station is preparing for a new era without Space Shuttles visiting every few months, shifting from construction work to an emphasis on scientific experiments in zero gravity

Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:19pm

Two star parties in April promise evenings of astronomy near the famous prehistoric monument

Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:22pm

Ahead of the 700th episode of The Sky at Night on 6 March 2011, Patrick Moore recalls some of the memorable episodes that the crew of The Sky at Night shared during more than 50 years of filming.

Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:22pm

Ian Russell produced The Sky at Night from 1998 to 2002. He was the last to record the show in a television studio, bringing guests and props in from outside and was the first to record an episode with guitarist and astronomer Brian May

Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:16pm

Paul Vanezis has produced The Sky at Night from 2009 to 2010. He also produced programmes about the BBC's live coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, which features Patrick Moore, and the recent trio of Stargazing Live programmes in January 2011

Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:26pm

The Sky at Night's current producer, Jane Fletcher, has worked with Patrick since 2002. Here she tells us about the uniqueness of the show and some of the most challenging locations the crew has filmed in.

Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:57pm

As a co-presenter on The Sky at Night for more than 20 years, NASA scientist Garry Hunt gave a unique perspective on a historic period of space exploration when the Pioneer, Viking and Voyager missions were sending back unprecedented detail from the planets of the Solar System for the first time.

Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:40pm

Patricia Wood produced The Sky at Night TV programme for seven years from 1974 to 1981. Here she reveals the episodes that continue to stand out for her and how the use of props encapsulates this era in the programme's history

Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:38pm

Ahead of The Sky at Night's 700th episode on 6 March 2011, current co-presenter Chris Lintott gives an exlusive behind-the-scenes insight into what it’s like to work on one of the longest-running shows in TV history.

Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:27pm

With our free supplement, you'll be able to see what every single episode of The Sky at Night has been about, when it was broadcast and the special guests that Patrick Moore has talked to in his 54 years as presenter. Celebrate the 700th episode of The Sky at Night with our March issue.

Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:38pm

With BBC One’s sci-fi drama Outcasts on our screens, we look at the trials that have already taken place into how human beings react to the prolonged isolation that’s inevitable with space travel and planetary colonisation.

Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:19pm

Dramatic new images of Mars's cratered highlands from ESO's Mars Express probe

Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:56am

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spots thin, Cirrus-like clouds in atmosphere of Saturn's moon

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected dust storms on Saturn's largest moon, making Titan...
Smoke and human-caused pollution have different effects on the clouds that produce much of...
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