Astronomy News

The Martian orbiter has lowered its orbit to sample the atmosphere for methane
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:20pm

The Martian orbiter has lowered its orbit to sample the atmosphere for methane

Behemoth objects could be ten billion times more massive than the Sun
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:15am

You may have heard of supermassive black holes: the huge, light-swallowing behemoths at the centre of most galaxies.

A team of astronomers have managed to discover ultramassive black holes, some of which could be at least ten billion times more massive than the Sun.

All you need to know to enter the world's premier astrophoto competition
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:16am

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.

This year, IAPY is celebrating its tenth anniversary with its biggest ever exhibition in a new dedicated space.

Here's all you need to know to enter.

Royal Observatory's Tom Kerss reveals how to capture a nightscape
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:54am

With entries now open for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 competition, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Tom Kerss reveals his tips for capturing a magnificent nightscape.

As told to Lorin R Robinson.

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday in style with our astro pancakes
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:06pm

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour marks this year's Shrove Tuesday with a recipe for pancakes that are out of this world.

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 13), Astro-girl (aged 17) and Astro-dad.

A planetary triplet could help in understanding why some planets have no gas
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:22pm

A planetary triplet could help in understanding why some planets are rocky and others not. The trio bridge the gap over which planets transition from being terrestrial, Earth-like worlds to planets surrounded by an evelope of gas.

The rocket can put a bus into the orbit of Mars
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:05pm

SpaceX has performed a successful test launch of its new Falcon Heavy Rocket. The spacecraft was carrying a Tesla Roadster which is now in orbit around the Sun.

Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:24pm

The seven Earth-mass planets around TRAPPIST-1 appear to be rocky, and could be rich in water. The find was made by measuring their densities.

Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:55pm

An exoplanet has been discovered in a galaxy other than our own using microlensing. This is the first time a planet has been seen outside the Milky Way.

Supermassive giants are critical to the life cycles of stars surrounding them
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:30pm

Supermassive black holes could destroy around one star per year that strays to close. The effect has been studied around the cores of recently merged galaxies but could take place in other kinds as well.

Study shows how molecules can exist in extreme environments
Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:09pm

New stars may be born in the hostile winds that emerge from black holes, according to a study.

How to watch the 31 January lunar eclipse from the UK and west Europe
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:53am

If you live in the United Kingdom, western parts of continental Europe and Africa or eastern parts of South America, unfortunately you won't be able to observe today's lunar eclipse.

Luckily, NASA is live streaming the event for the rest of the world to enjoy.

An amateur astronomer reconnected with the satellite after 10 years of silence
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:26pm

The aurora hunting Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) reconnected with Earth after spending 10 years orbiting the Earth in silence. It was detected by amateur astronomer Scott Tilley. 

Mass of galaxy cluster magnifies distant object
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:35am

Astronomers have used the mass of a galaxy cluster to bend the light of a distant galaxy, enabling it to be seen in greater detail.

Motions of star being flung about reveal the presence of inactive black hole
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:20pm

An invisible black hole has been discovered in a star cluster because astronomers were able to observe how its gravitational pull affects the motions of a nearby star.

Collision that created gravitational waves leaves behind increasing glow
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:10pm

In August 2017, scientists detected gravitational waves generated by the merging of two neutron stars. The afterglow from that stellar collision has continued to brighten over time.

Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:53am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our competition to win a pair of tickets to The Story of the Solar System.

We're giving away two tickets to Will Gater's new live show
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:52am

Win a pair of tickets to The Story of the Solar System, a new live show by astronomer Will Gater that reveals how the planets came to be.

As the Sun loses mass, the planets' orbits are drifting further out
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:12pm

The Sun is losing weight, but the Solar System's waistline is expanding as the planets' orbits increase. Data from NASA's Mercury probe MESSENGER is helping to keep track of how much our cosmic neighbourhood is expanding.

More similarities discovered between Earth and Saturn's moon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:02pm


Saturn's largest moon Titan has an atmosphere and liquid cycle, much like Earth. But that's not the only similarity between our planet and this fascinating satellite.


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