Astronomy News

How frozen liquids help us understand more about the Universe
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:23am

Word of the Month is a new column from amateur astronomer Scott Levine looking at how a single concept can tell us about the workings of the Universe, with a quick sketch to outline his thoughts.

This month, Scott explores how ice is a phenomenon found throughout our Solar System.

Exploring the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:00am

The Universe consists mostly of the unknown substances dark matter and dark energy, but what exactly are they? We explore why scientists think the invisible exists, and the theories that try and decipher these unexplained mysteries.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

The Apollo astronaut recalls flying through the Moon's shadow
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:04pm

48 years ago today the Apollo 11 astronauts flew through the Moon's shadow and saw the solar corona from space.

Written by Jamie Carter

Death of massive stars result in a new generation born
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:09pm

Recent research has discovered complex molecules inside a supernova explosion, which could reveal new clues on how stars might be born.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Asteroids carrying water to Earth could have been warm balls of mud
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:22am

Planets like Earth may have been built not from the impact of rocky asteroids, but by large balls of warm mud colliding.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Learn how to view and image one of the best meteor showers of the year
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:32am

With summer in full swing, one of the year’s biggest meteor showers is around the corner once again.

Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Tom Kerss reveals how to spot and photograph a Perseid shooting across the night sky.

Astronomers spot smallest known star in rare binary system
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:52am

The smallest star ever discovered has been found by astronomers in a search that could help us find extraterrestrial life.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

New images captured during NASA spacecraft's Jupiter flyby
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:39am

NASA's Juno spacecraft has completed a flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, revealing the planet's swirling storm in greater detail than we have ever seen.

Spacecraft targets 'mysterious' object in the outer Solar System
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:36pm

New Horizons is due to fly by a Kuiper Belt object that is proving mysterious, according to ground-based observations.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Brown dwarf research could change what we know about star clusters
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:10pm

Our Galaxy could contain 100 billion brown dwarfs, a much higher number than scientists initially thought, in research that could change what we know about star clusters.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

It is likely the chemical does not have a biological origin
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:59pm

Methanol has been detected in the plumes of Saturn’s moon Encleadus from the ground for the first time. When the chemical was first spotted by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, it was hoped they might be signs of life on the moon, but this new finding puts that into doubt.

Written by Elizabeth Pearson
Observatory will search the skies for evidence of ripples in space-time
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:06am

The hunt for gravitational waves continues, now boosted by a new ground-based telescope led by a British university.

NASA spacecraft will study Jupiter's huge storm up close
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:50am

The Juno spacecraft is due to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, giving scientists an unprecedented view of the Gas Giant's raging storm.

Our pick of some of the best images of our Galaxy sent in by readers
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:57am

A prominent Milky Way stretching over the night sky is one of the most glorious sights on Earth. Here, we present ten of our favourite images of the Galaxy sent to us by astrophotographers.

Celebrate the 'great American eclipse' with these US-style cookies
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:24pm

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour looks forward to this summer's US eclipse with American-style cookies mimicking the path of totality.

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.

What's being done to prevent space rocks threatening life on Earth?
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:57am

Asteroids are a real and continued threat to life on Earth. BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson investigates what’s being done to discover them before it’s too late.

UK astronaut Tim Peake describes the 'burnt' aroma of the cosmos
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:38am

Does space have a smell? According to Tim Peake it does. In fact, the UK astronaut has likened it to “a British summer barbeque, burning sausages on a charcoal grill”.

Kuiper Belt shows evidence of the gravitational pull of a large body
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:37am

An object with the same mass of Mars could be orbiting the outer reaches of our Solar System, but it's not the fabled Planet 9, astronomers say.

New mission announced to study ice giants on the edge of the Solar System
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:30am

For the first time since Voyager 2, NASA intends to send spacecraft to study Uranus and Neptune, the ice giants on the edge of the Solar System.

New data release from Kepler telescope improves our view of the Galaxy
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:49pm

The Kepler space telescope continues to monitor the skies in search of exoplanets, which are planets orbiting a star other than the Sun. Its latest data is helping astronomers piece together a catalogue of the different kinds of planets that exist in our Galaxy.

This animation blinks between two images taken nearly a decade apart of the 2008 landing...
A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data...
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary...
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