Astronomy News

The patch is similar in size to the Great Red Spot
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:09pm

Jupiter may have been hiding a second great spot for over a thousand years. New images from the Very Large Telescope have revealed a colossal Great Cold Spot, a cool patch in the planet’s polar atmosphere that appears to be created by the planet’s aurora.

Pay tribute to the hot rocky planet with our spherical cake
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:32am

Pay tribute to the rocky planet Mercury with Katharine Kilgour's spherical cake, complete with chocolate truffle core!

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.

Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:59am

Gravitational lensing has allowed astronomers to spy on a 'typical' galaxy as it was in the days of the early Universe. This find will allow them to study the most numerous kind of fledgling galaxy present during this highly important era.

Jon Powell on the importance of a good site for clear skies and clean shoes
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:06am

When selecting your observing site, looking down is as important as looking up, writes Jon Powell. 

Transient remnants of stellar collision could explain how star growth is stunted
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:57am

The remnants of a collision between two infant stars has been captured by ALMA. The beautiful images could help astronomers understand how such stellar crashes govern the rate at which our Galaxy forms stars.

Could the planet spell hope in the hunt for life?
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:04pm

An atmosphere has been detected for the first time around a planet with a mass and radius similar to Earth.

Solar activity could be generating a transient exosphere on the dwarf planet
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:47am

The Sun's activity may be generating a transient atmosphere on dwarf planet Ceres, say NASA scientists.

New documentary looks at the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:18am

A new documentary looks at the unsung heroes of Apollo: the mathematicians and engineers who worked at Mission Control to bring their comrades safely back to Earth.

The Sun wakes up, meaning plenty of opportunity for solar imaging
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:43pm

The Sun has woken up, and not just to supply the UK with sunshine, as our selection of readers' solar images show.

The solar surface has been surprisingly active
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:41am

The Sun has been surprisingly active over the weekend, with flares as strong as M5.7 errupting from its surface.

Royal Observatory Greenwich release a taster of this year's entries
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:22am

With the deadline approaching on 7 April, now's the time to submit your best astro images for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 award, in the hope of winning that £10,000 prize.


NASA's MAVEN mission reveals Sun's role in transformation of Red Planet
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:42am

Mars once had an atmosphere and running water, but that all changed as a result of the power of our Sun, according to new NASA data.

Stargazing Live boosts the hunt for the newest member of our Solar System
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:34am

Four unknown bodies are being examined in the hope of finding the hypothetical ninth planet of our Solar System beyond the orbit of Neptune.

The story of one of Australia's biggest telescopes by one of its first operators
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:26am

As viewers of this year's Stargazing Live will be aware, the Anglo Australian Telescope (AAT) at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales is one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. We spoke to UK astronomer David Malin, one of the first to operate the telescope.

How Australia's indigenous people used the southern skies to their advantage
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:57am

As part of this year's Stargazing Live from Down Under, we find out how Aboriginal Australians used the night sky to find their way across the dusty outback – even when the stars were missing.

Words: Robert S. Fuller

2020 mission will explore the history of water on the Red Planet
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:49am

Scientists are whittling down the possible landing sites for the ExoMars 2020 rover to explore the Red Planet's wet past, and have decided upon two final contenders.

Music and science festival at Jodrell Bank announces this year's speakers
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:53pm

The bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory has revealed the speakers who will be making up this year's science programme.

Win tickets to a BFI Southbank retrospective hosted by Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:36am


As part of the British Film Institute and Radio Times Television Festival, the BFI Southbank is hosting an afternoon on Sunday 9 April looking back on 60 years of The Sky at Night, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away.

These turbulent climes may breed a new type of star formation
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:00pm

A new type of star formation has been observed in the winds blowing from a galaxy's supermassive black hole. The young stars look different from their siblings who had a calmer upbringing, and could change what we know about the evolutionary history of galaxies.

Win a copy of US astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest book
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:59pm


We have three copies of Neil deGrasse Tyson's latest book to giveaway on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Find out more below!

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