The discovery of a supermassive blackhole in a nearby galaxy has presented astronomers with the opportunity of observing it swallowing a star and emitting jets of material, confirming current theories.
Mars’s moon Phobos is being pulled towards its host in a process that could eventually tear it apart and create rings around the Red Planet.
BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Dr Elizabeth Pearson explores the origins, legacy and future of this remarkable research.
Simulations of the behaviour of dark matter have hypothesized dark matter 'hairs' protruding from planetary bodies that could potentially be studied to reveal more about the mysterious substance.
Astronomers have undertaken a study to measure the distances to planetary nebulae with more accuracy than ever before.
Observations of a cool, red dwarf star that is producing an intensely powerful magnetic field could have major implications for the search for habitable planets outside our Solar System.
Astronomers have used ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to study the remains of a white dwarf and the asteroid it ripped apart in detail.
The earliest massive galaxies ever observed have been discovered by a team using data from a five-year survey of the Universe by ESO's VISTA telescope.
Measuring the 'pulse' of shimmering stars in a galaxy could provide a new method of determining that galaxy's age, according to a team of researchers.
BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley was recently asked by Air Charter Service to select his favourite image of Earth from space.
Observations using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have confirmed that previously suspected gamma ray brightness coming from the Tarantula Nebula is in fact the first gamma ray pulsar detected outside our Galaxy.
The hunt for exoplanets continues in the hope of finding Earth's 'twin'. The latest discovery is of a Venus-like exoplanet cool enough to potentially host an atmosphere and close enough to study in detail.
Streaks on the surface of Phobos were previously thought to be caused by an impact, but new findings suggest the actual cause could be far more catastrophic.
Data sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft has revealed what may be ice volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, and the 'pandemonium' of its spinning moons.
Recent reports of fireballs in the sky above Thailand and Poland could be a sign of Earth’s movement into the comet debris known as the Taurids meteor shower.
Following the discovery that mass bodies of water once existed on Mars, NASA has been studying the Red Planet to discover what caused such a vast change in its atmosphere. New data from MAVEN appears to have the answer.
ESO's ALMA telescope has uncovered the growth of a protostar occuring in short bursts, revealing the process of stellar formation in greater clarity than ever before.
While gaps in the discs surrounding young stars are a means of discovering newly formed, unseen planets, a study has found that some gaps could be a sort of cosmic illusion. Rather than the sign of a massive planet, some apparent gaps in the discs might be a result of smaller planetary particles.
The estate hopes to create a centre from which astronomers can explore the dark skies of Wales.
The detection of very young planets in the discs of newborn stars isn't always easy, due to the dust and gas contained within the discs. But a new method of detection looking at the spirals around young stars could help reveal both the number and masses of planets.