Astronomy News

British astronaut and ESA's future plans discussed at UK conference
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:59am

The future's looking bright for British astronaut Tim Peake, writes Nick Spall, reporting from the 2017 UK Space Conference in Manchester.

We put some of the big questions to a CERN particle physicist
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:07am

We recently caught up with a particle physicist working at CERN and asked him some of the biggest questions concerning the nature of the Universe around us.

Discovery could provide clues as to how life began on Earth
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:00am

One of the necessary ingredients for life as we know it has been found around stars in a nearby system.

Recreate the Saturn system with soup and savoury muffins
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:56pm

Our resident astrobaker turns from sweet to savoury this time, recreating the ringed planet Saturn with soup, muffins and crumbly, cheesy moons.

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.

Scorching Jupiter-like planet may eventually be vaporised by host star
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:09am

A hot, Jupiter-like exoplanet has been found that is hotter than most stars.

LIGO experiment continues to search for ripples in space-time
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:09am

Following its landmark detection of gravitational waves in September 2015, the LIGO experiment has continued to search for ripples in space-time caused by massive, violent events in space.

Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:59am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of Clarence Augustus Chant's Our Wonderful Universe.

Win a copy of Clarence Augusts Chant's 1928 guide to the night sky
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:54am


We have five copies of Canadian astronomer Clarence Augustus Chant's 1928 guide to the night sky, Our Wonderful Universe, to give away.

You can enter the competition via our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Find out more below!

Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:30am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of Clarence Augustus Chant's Our Wonderful Universe.

Data suggests Saturn's icy moon could have been involved in a collision
Wed May 31, 2017 8:25am

Saturn's icy moon may have been knocked on its side by a collision with a smaller body in its past, data from NASA's Cassini mission has suggested.

Apollo 11 astronaut rolls out a 'red carpet for the Red Planet'
Tue May 30, 2017 1:03pm

Apollo 11 astronaut's ShareSpace Foundation rolls out a 'red carpet for the Red Planet'.

Written by Jamie Carter

Science and images from the mission reveal some of the Gas Giant's secrets
Tue May 30, 2017 10:23am

The first science results from NASA's Juno mission have revealed Jupiter to be a complex, enigmatic planet.

ESA's ExoMars failure explained following inquiry into its descent onto Mars
Thu May 25, 2017 11:24am

The investigation into the crashing of the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli lander has concluded, revealing the cause of its rapid descent onto the surface of Mars.

Orbital pattern of outermost exoplanet in nearby system confirmed
Tue May 23, 2017 1:18pm

The orbital pattern of the outermost exoplanet orbiting nearby star TRAPPIST-1 has been confirmed by NASA.

3.5 tonne mirror marks milestone in construction of Extremely Large Telescope
Mon May 22, 2017 11:27am

The 4.2-metre wide secondary mirror for the Extremely Large Telescope has been cast, marking a milestone in the construction of the largest telescope of its kind.

The scientist believes we are running out of space on Earth
Fri May 19, 2017 5:18pm

Professor Stephen Hawking talked at the Royal Society in London about the important of moving off of Earth's surface, and onto a new planet. 

Discovery reveals more clues as to what the early Solar System was like
Fri May 19, 2017 10:16am

The discovery of a moon around the third largest dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt adds another piece to the puzzle of what our Solar System was like in its infancy.

Atmospheric changes may have caused heavier rain like we see on Earth
Thu May 18, 2017 10:54am

Heavy rain may have altered the surface of Mars, carving channels into its rock that we can see today, according to a new study.

How will the next orbiting observatory compare to the current king?
Wed May 17, 2017 11:01am

The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in October 2018, ushering in a new era of observation that will enable us to look at the early Universe.

But how will it compare with the current king of orbiting observatories, the Hubble Space Telescope? Ben Skuse investigates.

Find out more about how the James Webb Space Telescope will change our understanding of the Universe in this month's BBC Sky at Night Magazine, out 18 May!

Enter our competition for full weekend passes to this year's festival in July
Wed May 17, 2017 9:29am

This year's bluedot festival takes place 7-9 July, and we have a pair of weekend camping tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

NB - This competition is now closed

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