Astronomy News

Bridge between Magellanic Clouds confirmed to have magnetic field
Tue May 16, 2017 11:25am

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are connected to each other by a Galactic Bridge. Astronomers have now detected a magnetic field associated with this gaseous filament for the first time.

Object could have been kicked by violent black hole merger
Fri May 12, 2017 10:21am

Astronomers have been following what appears to be a speedy black hole racing across its home galaxy.

Study raises questions about the formation of our Solar System
Fri May 12, 2017 8:19am

The study of a warm Neptune-like planet is raising questions as to our understanding of how planetary systems form.

The free-floating planet is a rare find
Wed May 10, 2017 3:33pm

What was previously thought to be a brown dwarf has been discovered to be an exoplanet lying on the cusp between the two. The exoplanet could help in the study of exoplanet atmospheres.

New study using Rosetta data reveals how comets may produce oxygen
Tue May 09, 2017 2:21pm

Data from ESA's Rosetta mission is still being analysed by scientists to make new discoveries about the structure and chemistry of comets. A new study has shown how comets could be producing oxygen via chemical reactions on their surface.

Building an observatory is often best left to professionals, says Jon Powell
Mon May 08, 2017 8:11am

While it may be an enticing summer project for the amateur astronomer, sometimes building an observatory is a task best left to professionals, writes Jon Powell in this month's Tales From The Eyepiece.

New British rocket design could revolutionise travel into Earth orbit
Fri May 05, 2017 8:13am

A new design of rocket that could change the way we travel into space is being developed by a British firm, and work has just begun on a UK facility that could begin testing it before the decade is out.

X-ray data reveals effects of massive galaxy cluster encounter
Thu May 04, 2017 8:13am

X-ray data from the Chandra Observatory has revealed the chaotic effects of a galaxy cluster close encounter.

NASA studies reveal dust rings correspond to Solar System features
Wed May 03, 2017 8:52am

Studies of a young planetary system 10 lightyears away have revealed it is remarkably like our own.

First of 22 dives returns unexpected results for NASA scientists
Tue May 02, 2017 11:27am

As the Cassini spacecraft continues diving between Saturn and its rings, data collected during its first pass has already surprised NASA scientists.

Small fluctuations occurred just two billion years after the Big Bang
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:11am


Astronomers have managed to measure ripples in the cosmic web that occurred just two billion years after the Big Bang.


The spacecraft begins diving between Saturn and its rings
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:59pm

Images of Saturn taken during the first of the Cassini spacecraft’s ring dives have been returned to Earth, and show features in the planet’s atmosphere closer than ever before.

Planet orbiting faint star detected using unique technique
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:37am

Gravity has a substantial effect on the appearance of massive objects, often enabling us to see bodies in space that would otherwise be out of view. This technique has been used to discover an icy exoplanet 13,000 lightyears away.

Spacecraft commences first of 22 dives between Saturn and its rings
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:28am

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spent 13 years studying Saturn and its moons, and is now preparing for its dramatic final act.

Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:37am

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Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:34am

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Gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova observed 4 billion lightyears away
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:04am

Using a galaxy located two billion lightyears from Earth as a sort of cosmic magnifying class, astronomers been able to observe an exploded star that could help measure the expansion rate of the Universe.

Newly discovered planet orbiting red dwarf could be rocky with an atmosphere
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:46am

A newly-discovered exoplanet just 40 lightyears from Earth could be the best candidate we know of in the search for signs of life outside our own planet.

Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:37am

An asteroid the size of Gibraltar passed by the Earth on 19 April, and will continue to grow in brightness for several nights giving a fantastic observing opportunity.

The planet is the second furthest known body in our planetary group
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:06pm

The newest observations from ALMA have confirmed that the Solar System object 2014 UZ224 is a dwarf planet.

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