Comparing minerals detected on the surface of Mars with those found on Earth can reveal much about the geological history of the Red Planet and how it has changed over time.
The hunt for habitable exoplanets continues with the discovery of three promising worlds orbiting a dwarf star 40 lightyears from Earth.
The ESA technology blurs the line between manned and robotic exploration
Galaxy clusters could be used as markers to investigate dark energy, the invisible and mysterious energy causing the expansion of the Universe.
The Cassini spacecraft has revealed liquid methane seas on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, according to data collected since 2007.
Hubble observations have revealed a moon surrounding the second second brightest dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt.
An ancient population of stars has been discovered at the centre of the Milky Way, revealing a view into the formation of the Galaxy.
The final scraps of data collected by Venus Express before its mission ended have revealed unexpected results regarding the planet's polar atmosphere.
The analysis of cosmic dust is a key aspect of NASA's Cassini mission, providing information as to the chemical composition of our Solar System. But data sent back to Earth by Cassini has revealed some of the grains it analysed originate from interstellar space, with unexpected results.
The idea of sending robots over 4 lightyears into space to search for alien life may seem like the plot of a sci-fi movie, but a new project announced by Stephen Hawking is seeking to do just that.
Fluctuations in the early Universe could be responsible for the unexpected discovery of a collection of black holes that are all shooting out jets in the same direction.
New observations have discovered an astronomical rarity: a 'hot Jupiter' residing within a three-star system.
As the deadline approaches for entry to this year's Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year competition, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Tom Kerss reveals his tips for capturing a magnificent nightscape.
As told to Lorin R Robinson.
Supermassive black holes are a common feature at the centre of galaxies, but have only ever been found in those specimens densely populated by stars - until now.
The remnants of a supernova that exploded 300 lightyears from Earth have been discovered on the floors of our oceans, according to a new study.
Despite extensive studies of the Andromeda Galaxy over the past decades, astronomers had been unable to pinpoint an unusual type of star known as a spinning neutron: until now.
The study of a nearby star using the ALMA telescope is helping astronomers view a young planetary system - and possibly a young Earth - in the early stages of formation.