Astronomy News

Initial mission science results released by NASA scientists
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:20pm

The initial findings from the New Horizons spacecraft's flyby at Ultima Thule have been released by NASA scientists, although the majority of data is yet to come.

Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:37pm

At 05:33GMT on New Year’s Day 2019, NASA’s New Horizons made a flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object known as Ultima Thule.

Ahead of the encounter we spoke to Ramy El-Maarry from Birkbeck, University of London, who worked with ESA’s Rosetta team before joining New Horizons as a science team collaborator.

Words by Elizabeth Pearson

Apollo 8 was the first crewed mission to circle the Moon
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:24am

Apollo 8, the first crewed mission to circle the Moon, is best remembered for its Earthrise photo, and for the Christmas message its crew broadcast to the world from orbit on Christmas Eve, 1968. Apollo 8's Commander, Frank Borman, spoke to us from his home in Billings, Montana about how, for him, escaping Earth's gravitational pull for the first time was much more about winning the Cold War than space exploration.

 

Words by Jamie Carter.

What has New Horizons taught us about Pluto?
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:32pm

As the NASA spacecraft flies past the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule, Paul Abel reveals what New Horizons has already shown us about the dwarf planet it passed in 2015.

Pattern of meteorological events spotted on gas giant
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:35am

The changing features of Jupiter's stripes are well-known among astronomers. A team at the University of Leicester has been attempting to discern a pattern in meteorological events at the planet's equator.

Ringed planet's features could be gone in 100 million years
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:48pm

Saturn is one of the most striking sights in our Solar System, not least because of its prominent rings. But new research suggests the rings might be disappearing at a surprising rate.

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:45pm

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets - what might the star of Bethlehem have been? Nigel Henbest explores this enduring mystery.

Water was spotted spread across the asteroid’s surface
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:27pm

Water has been spotted across the surface of asteroid Bennu by NASA's OSIRIS REX spacecraft. The probe will spend several years investigating the space rock, eventually returning a sample to Earth in 2023.

The NASA probe is the second man-made object to leave the Solar System
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:51pm

NASA's Voyager 2 probe has passed through the heliopause, making it the second spacecraft to enter interstellar space. 

Looking back on the Christmas mission that changed our view of Earth
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:19am

On Christmas Eve 1968, the first mission to the Moon changed how we view our home planet forever.

Elizabeth Pearson tells the story of the first manned lunar return.

NASA scientist reveals achievements of Kepler mission, and what lies ahead
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:56am

The Kepler space telescope may have run out fuel, but for NASA scientists there is alot of important work yet to be done.

We spoke to Kepler scientist Geert Barentsen to find out what the mission has achieved, and what lies ahead.

Read an excerpt from a new book by Dr Paul Parsons
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:19pm

Dark matter remains one of the unsolved mysteries in astronomy. In an excerpt from The Beginning and the End of Everything, a new book by Dr Paul Parsons, the author explores how the concept was first conceived.

Our pick of the best astronomy and space titles from the past 12 months
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:58pm

Looking for a Christmas present for the astronomer or space fan in your life, or in need of a good read to take you away from the festive hubbub?

We present our favourite 12 books from the past year of reviews in BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

1954, a massive bruise turns into a massive legal wrangle
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:58pm

The only recorded case of a person being injured by a meteor happened on this day 64 years ago. What followed was a bizarre legal case about who owned the space rock.

Win a new book on how Hasselblad cameras captured the moonlandings
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:41am

Enter our competition to win one of three copies of Hasselblad & the Moon Landing, a new book that looks at the history of the Apollo 11 mission through the lens of the famous Hasselblad cameras.

PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

 

Latest Mars mission to discover the secrets hidden deep within the Red Planet
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:24pm

NASA's latest Mars mission will attempt to discover the secrets that lie beneath the surface of the Red Planet.

Elizabeth Pearson reveals how InSight will operate, and what NASA scientists hope to learn.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:17pm

 

In the latest episode of the Radio Astronomy podcast, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look back on their favourite space stories of the year, and find out how to capture images of Mars that can be used for science.

 

An historic conversation looking ahead to an extraordinary mission
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:53am

The Kepler space telescope has now retired, and it's safe to say it has changed our view of the Universe forever.

But, as this archive 2009 interview with then Kepler principal investigator Bill Borucki reveals, the project was initially difficult to get off the ground.

The story of the space rock that crashed through the roof of a Welsh hotel
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:44am

The residents of Beddgelert in North Wales were surprised when, one day in 1949, a meteorite crashed through the roof of a local hotel. The event has gone down in local history.

Katrin Raynor Evans, librarian at Cardiff Astronomical Society, reveals the story of the Beddgelert meteorite.

We speak to the man who helped the Moon-walkers return safely to Earth
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:59pm

Jack Clemons is a spaceflight engineer who worked throughout the Apollo and Shuttle missions helping astronauts return safely to Earth.

We spoke to Jack about the excitment of the Apollo era, the workings of NASA Mission Control and where spaceflight might take humanity next.

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