Astronomy News

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:06am


In this first episode of an all-new, sparkly format for Radio Astronomy, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look at our favourite bits from the April 2018 issue and speak to Dr Alan Penny, vice-president of METI International.


Body observed that existed just 4.4 billion years after the Big Bang
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:33pm

Astronomers have discovered a star that existed just 4.4 billion years after the Big Bang; the most distant ever observed.

This year's theme is 'Life, the Universe and Everything'
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:03pm

Paul F Cockburn reports on astronomy and space-related events at the world’s longest running science festival.


You are 10 million times more likely to be hit by lightning than the space stati
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:52am

The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is due to crash to Earth on 1 April 2018. The station is expected to break up during re-entry, though some pieces will remain.

How judges pick the best images for the world's top astrophoto competition
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:44pm

What's it like to judge the work of some of the best astrophotographers in the world?

BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley gives an insight into judging the biggest astro imaging competition on the globe.

Discovery suggests planets like Mercury may not be rare in the Universe
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:37am

Hot planets like Mercury may not be unusual in the Universe, according to a new exoplanet discovery.

Kepler enables study of brief bursts of supernova light
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:03am
The Kepler Space Telescope has enabled astronomers to study a new kind of exploding star.


Study determines source of arch between the Magellanic Clouds
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:42pm

Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope have seemingly solved a galactic mystery: the source of an arch of cosmic gas connecting two dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way.

The ARIEL mission will be largely led in the UK
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:02pm

The ARIEL mission will investigate the atmospheres of exoplanets. The project will be led and planned within the UK. 

Interstellar asteroid probably ejected from hot, two-star sytem
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:12pm

Asteroid ‘Oumuamua is the first known body to enter our Solar System from interstellar space, and probably came from a binary star system, according to new research.

Unusual light show discovered by aurora hunters in 2016
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:58pm

Aurora researchers might have finally gotten to the bottom of what creates Steve – the whimsically named shimmering ribbon of purple light first discovered by aurora hunters in 2016.


A British spaceport could soon follow
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:05pm

The Space Industry Bill was given royal assent on the 15 March 2018, paving the way to build a spaceport in the UK. The Bill is part of the government's plan to increase the UK's share of the global space industry to 10 per cent by 2030.

A new explanation for organic molecules on the Red Planet?
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:34pm

Organic molecules are thought to be delivered to Mars mostly via interplanetary dust particles. A new piece of research is revealing something quite different.

The visionary physicist spent his life bringing science to the masses
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:48pm

The visionary physicist Stephen Hawking made several breakthroughs around black holes and the origins of our Universe, but is just as well known for his work bringing his discoveries to the attention of the masses.

The ancient galaxy hasn't changed in the last 10 billion years
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:00pm

The Hubble Space Telescope is about to help uncover the mysteries of an ancient relic – a galaxy frozen 10 billion years in the past. The galaxy is a 'red and dead' galaxy, meaning that it is no longer actively forming stars and hasn't done for billions of years.

Gas giant's 'Unearthly' jet streams and huge polar cyclones uncovered
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:36am

'Unearthly' jet streams and huge polar cyclones are some of the latest revelations on Jupiter from the Juno mission.

Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:21pm

A ring of dust surrounding a star is 240 billion km across and lopsided, showing it has interacted with its surroundings, and that exoplanets do not grow up in isolation. 

Scorching planet could host up to three times as much water as Saturn
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:45am

A Saturn-like exoplanet may have up to three times as much water in its atmosphere as our ringed planet.

Signal seen from the first glow of starlight, for the first time
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:47pm

The earliest stars in the Universe have been detected for the first time. A team of astronomers found the imprint of starlight's first glow on the cosmic microwave background radiation. 

It is the first time such an observation has been made
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:50am

Amateur astronomer Víctor Buso made the first ever observations of a supernova's first light while testing out his new camera.

Upcoming 16th science pass of Jupiter marks Juno's halfway point in prime mission data...
While testing a new subsystem on the SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope...
Two new image mosaics detail the lander's deck and "workspace" - the surface where it will...
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