Astronomy News

Celebrating half a century of an historic British-made instrument
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:02am

On 1 December, the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux in Sussex will mark 50 years since the inauguration of the Isaac Newton Telescope, a British-made instrument used in the first detection of a black hole.

We spoke to astronomer Dr Paul Murdin about his time working with the INT, and how he made one of the discoveries of the century.

Difference observed in regular south pole and 'erratic' north
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:45am

Unlike on Earth, Jupiter's northern and southern aurorae behave quite differently from one another.

Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of This Book Is A Planetarium.

Win a copy of a new pop-up book for grown-ups and kids alike
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:00pm


A pop-up planetarium is just one of the designs featured in this new book by Kelli Anderson, and we have three copies to give away!

Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of This Book Is A Planetarium.

Study could have implications for gravitational wave searches
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:21pm

A study that suggests populations of massive black holes lurk on the edges of spiral galaxies could have implications for the hunt for gravitational waves.

We're giving away three copies of the latest novel by The Martian author
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:45pm


We have three copies to give away of Andy Weir's Artemis, the follow-up to his bestselling novel The Martian.


Massive exoplanet discovered in close orbit around small star
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:35am

The discovery of a Jupiter-like planet in orbit around a star smaller than our Sun is challenging what astronomers know about how planets form.

The radiation belts of Saturn and Earth act very differently
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:31pm

The moons around Saturn have a much larger effect on the planet's radiation belts than solar winds.

Study of binary systems offers new clues to source of X-ray beams
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:30am

The mysteries of black hole jets are being unravelled by observations of binary systems in X-ray and optical light.

Unconfirmed object observed brushing past Earth
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:51am

An object that flew past Earth may have originated from beyond our Solar System.


Studies of galaxy clusters reveal their brightest galaxies are offset
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:29pm

The brightest galaxies in galaxy clusters 'wobble', according to a new dark matter study using the Hubble Space Telescope.

New analysis suggests unknown forces at work in generation of plumes
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:55am

Just over a year since the end of the Rosetta mission to study Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, analysis of data continues to help scientists to learn more about the internal workings of comets.

Titanium dioxide condenses and falls as snow on tidally locked exoplanet
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:08am

Learning about planets outside our Solar System gives astronomers a broader view of the Universe. One of the latest discoveries is a huge, scorching planet on which it snows the main ingredient found in suntan lotion.

Organic materials discovered on dwarf planet may have originated there
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:36pm

The study of organic materials on dwarf planet Ceres could help astronomers learn more about the evolution of our Solar System.

Neural networks could help in the search for gravitational lensing
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:12am

The search for gravitational lenses is an important part of investigations into dark matter, but involves painstaking analysis of data. A team of scientists are hoping that artificial intelligence can help.

Seven Saturnian satellites keep the planet's iconic feature in check
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:50am

Seven of Saturn's moons hold the planet's rings in place, according to a new study using data from NASA's Cassini mission.

Saturn's moon's Earth-like rainstorms occur more frequently than expected
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:27pm

The surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan is altered by methane floods brought on by heavy rainstorms. A study suggests these storms occur more frequently than expected.

The latest gravitational waves discovery has us contemplating the Universe
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:34am

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 discusses a word that will become very familiar to us all in the coming weeks: kilonova!

Newcastle science centre welcomes local kids for day of outreach
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:48am

A UK science centre is taking part in an international day to mark the importance of science to communities across the globe.

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have discovered...
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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope demonstrates its full range of imaging capabilities with two...
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