Astronomy News

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:04pm

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores this enduring mystery.

Kepler-90 system now matches our own Solar System
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:57am

Our Solar System is no longer the only eight-planet system we know of, following a new discovery made by artificial intelligence.

For more on how artificial intelligence can help astronomers, pick up a copy of the January issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, out 21 December 2017.

Follow our guide to spotting one of the best meteor showers of the year
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:27pm

Follow our observing guide to make the most of one of the best meteor showers of the year, and see a host of shooting stars lighting up the winter sky.

X-ray observations reveal how important elements are distributed
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:00pm

The study of the remains of exploded stars can tell us alot about the elements that make up the Universe we see around us.

News of the UK astronaut's next flight begins to emerge
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:54pm

News of Tim Peake’s next mission is starting to emerge - he could be taking a seat on a future American spacecraft. Nick Spall spoke to him at the European Astronaut Centre to find out more.

Astronomers discover object from just 690 million years after Big Bang
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:01pm

Astronomers have observed the most distant black hole ever discovered, as part of a study that could reveal more about the conditions of the early Universe.

Study of star system reveals a potentially rocky world like Earth
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:30pm

The study of a planet orbiting a star outside our Solar System has revealed it could be a rocky world like Earth, and that it has a planetary neighbour.

Study raises questions as to identity of mystery objects
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:00pm

The study of planet-like bodies has revealed they are very similar to brown dwarfs. Are these objects in fact failed stars?

Our pick of the top astronomy and space reads released this year
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:29am

Looking for a Secret Santa gift for an astronomer or space fan, or perhaps searching for a good read to break up the Christmas shopping?

Look no further than our pick of the top 12 books that should be on your Santa list this festive season, selected from our monthly book reviews during 2017.

Protostars resist powerful forces that should be tearing them apart
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:43am

At the centre of the Milky Way lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers have discovered 11 stars orbiting nearby, resisting the incredible forces that should be tearing the stars apart.

Spruce up your Christmas tree this year with our edible decorations
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:49am

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour pays tribute to the winter nights of stargazing with some festive stellar Christmas tree ornaments.

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.

Elongated body may have travelled for hundreds of millions of years
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:18pm

A rocky body that has just been discovered may have been speeding through space for hundreds of millions of years before entering our Solar System.

 
Saturnian moon’s exotic atmosphere keeps its winter skies cool
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:07pm

The winter skies of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, are unseasonably cold, and a recent study using Cassini data suggests that the world’s unique atmosphere could be responsible.

The discovery could help planetary reasearchers understand some of the strange atmospheres that exist around exoplanets.

We take a journey north to spot the incredible Aurora Borealis
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:41pm

BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley joins Omega Holidays’ first Northern Lights flight of the season in a bid to achieve a long-held aim to see the aurora.

Written by Chris Bramley.

This month's word is a key term for lunar observers on Earth, and beyond
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:29am

Each month, Scott Levine looks at a single word that can tell us about the workings of the Universe, with a quick sketch to outline his thoughts.

This month, Scott's word is one that is very important to lunar observers: 'month'!

How Exmoor's Dark Sky status is drawing astronomers to the park
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:11pm

In December’s BBC Sky at Night Magazine astronomer Will Gater reveals his advice for exploring Exmoor’s spectacular night skies.

Here, Will talks to Dan James of the Exmoor National Park Authority about the moor’s International Dark Sky Reserve and plans for the future. 

Stargazers will soon have to bid farewell to the 66 glinting satellites
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:10am

Stargazers and astrophotographers will soon have to bid #flarewell to the 66 glinting satellites.

Written by Jamie Carter

Our verdict on the long awaited follow up to hit novel The Martian
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:32am

 

Elizabeth Pearson reviews Artemis, Andy Weir's long awaited follow up to his hit novel The Martian.

 

Scientists attempt to explain Enceladus's hydrothermal activity
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:21pm

The Cassini mission revealed Saturn's moon Enceladus to be a hive of hydrothermal activity, but what is generating the activity? The answer may be found deep in the moon's core.

The stellar explosion could be a new class of supernova
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:48pm

A star may have burst back into life after 50 years. The highly unusual supernova was unusually bright and could be the remains of an extremely massive star, or even a completely new type of stellar explosion.

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