Astronomy News

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue May 22, 2018 11:50am


In the latest episode of Radio Astronomy, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look at our favourite bits from the June 2018 issue and speak to Prof Gerry Gilmore, principal investigator for the UK participation in a mission to map 1.7 billion stars in our Galaxy.

Mammoth monster could swallow our Sun in two days
Fri May 18, 2018 10:55am

A supermassive black hole has been discovered that could swallow the mass of our Sun in two days. It is the fastest growing black hole ever observed.

How humanity first reached out to explore the Red Planet
Thu May 17, 2018 12:34pm

Humanity has well and truly established its presence on Mars, with orbiters and rovers attempting to unlock the secrets of the Red Planet.

In this extract from Mars Manual, published by Haynes Publishing, author David M. Harland explores how our species first reached out to put human-made objects on our red, rocky neighbour.

Detection of oxygen suggests galaxies existed earlier than thought
Thu May 17, 2018 9:06am

The detection of oxygen in a distant galaxy just 250 million years after the Big Bang suggests galaxies existed in the Universe even earlier than thought.

Earth-like exoplanets might be rendered uninhabitable by obliquity
Wed May 16, 2018 2:52pm

Seemingly habitable exoplanets could be rendered freezing by their tilt, relative to their orbit, according to a new study.

Findings could make Jupiter's moon a candidate for evidence of life
Tue May 15, 2018 10:42am

The search for signs of life in the Solar System continues, and the latest candidate could be Jupiter's moon Europa, following strong evidence for water plumes bursting through its surface.

The carbon rich object was probably thrown out of the asteroid belt
Thu May 10, 2018 1:03pm

An asteroid has been found in the Kuiper Belt. The object most likely originated from the asteroid belt, but was thrown out early on in the Solar System's history.

Win a pair of weekend passes to the science and music festival
Tue May 08, 2018 2:27pm



The Bluedot science and music festival returns to the Cheshire countryside for a long weekend of live music and science at the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, 20-22 July 2018.

And we have a pair of weekend camping tickets to give away!

Author David A. Weintraub discusses humanity's future on the Red Planet
Fri May 04, 2018 2:03pm

The prospect of humans setting foot on Mars seems to become more of a reality with each passing year. But could we actually get there, and is life on Mars really possible?

Discovery may help detect atmospheres around Earth-sized exoplanets
Fri May 04, 2018 9:33am

The detection of one of the Universe's most common elements in the atmosphere of an exoplanet could usher a new era in the hunt for planets outside our Solar System.

Spacecraft that will examine solar surface passes final test
Tue May 01, 2018 10:58am

The Parker Solar Probe will explore the surface of the Sun like never before. A team of scientists have been putting the spacecraft through its paces by blasting it with the heat from old IMAX cinema projectors.

The problems with eating in weightlessness, and how to solve them
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:12pm

What do astronauts eat in space? How can science provide food for human spacefarers making a long journey to Mars?

Jasmin Fox-Skelly finds out what's on the menu.

Astronomers observe the beginnings of a galactic collision
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:01pm

Galaxies clusters are the most massive structures in the known Universe, and astronomers have been given a perfect opportunity to study their formation.

Hydrogen sulphide detected in seventh planet’s cloud deck
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:47pm

A study has uncovered the presence of a rotten-smelling gas in the clouds of the planet Uranus.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:40am


In this episode of Radio Astronomy we speak to sedimentary geologist and Curiosity mission co-investigator Prof Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College London, and we look at our favourite bits of BBC Sky at Night Magazine's May '18 issue. Clear skies!
Study reveals the powerful processes of a pair of merging galaxies
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:42am

Astronomers have observed a pair of galaxies in the final stage of merging, revealing the forces that create its unique ‘butterfly’ shape.

New mission maps the ‘DNA’ of 350,000 stars in the Milky Way
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:37am

A new study to map the 'DNA' of 350,000 stars may uncover the lost siblings of our Sun.

The Event Horizon Telescope attempted to image the Milky Way's dark heart
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:16pm

The Event Horizon Telescope attempted to take an image of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*, in 2017. It was hoped that the images could be used to differentiate between different forms of gravity, but it now appears that won't be possible.

Mark this month's Lyrid meteor shower with our space rock bites
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:50am

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour marks this month's Lyrid meteor shower with a rocky meteor munchies.

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.

New exoplanet-hunting space telescope launches
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:56am

Launched on 18 April 2018, NASA's TESS is the first of a new wave of exoplanet-hunting space telescopes that will scour the skies for new worlds, writes Govert Schilling.

As the July 2020 launch date inches closer, the next spacecraft headed to the Red Planet...
This incredible image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula was taken to mark the NASA/ESA...
During the spacecraft's last look at Titan, scientists gathered data that reveal what...
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