Astronomy News

Collision of two neutron stars followed by a gamma-ray burst
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:00pm

The study of gravitational waves continues. The latest leap forward is the detection of light from a source event for the first time.

Written by Elizabeth Pearson.

Lava flows could have caused gaseous outflows 3.5 billion years ago
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:58am

Lunar lava flows may have produced an atmosphere around the Moon some four billion years ago.

Mark the 60th anniversary of Sputnik I with our Space Age countdown
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:13pm


To mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, Piers Bizony ranks the 60 most pivotal moments of the Space Age.


Discovery of methyl chloride suggests chemical does not indicate life
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:44pm

The organohalogic chemical, methyl chloride, has been found by ALMA and Rosetta in interstellar space for the first time. The discovery dashes hopes of using the chemical for detecting life remotely around other worlds, but could be an important step to understanding how life evolved in the first place. 

Radiation levels increase on the Red Planet following outburst from the Sun
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:24am

An ejection of charged particles from the Sun has caused a global aurora on Mars.

SpaceX entrepreneur announces new rocket plans
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:32pm

Elon Musk has been revealing his latest spaceflight ambitions to the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

Bake the Moon and its craters with this cake-based lunar replica
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:45am

Bake the Moon and its craters with this cake-based replica of our lunar companion.

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, Astro Girl and Astro Dad.

Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:51pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of Moonshots.

Three detectors collaborate to measure effects of black hole merger
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:12am


For the first time, gravitational waves have been detected by three different detectors working in tandem. The collaboration could increase the chances for future detections.


Jamie Carter reports back from AstroCamp 2017
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:19pm

Returning once again to the Welsh village of Cwmdu, AstroCamp 11 brought together amateur astronomers from all over the UK to share stargazing, 'scopes and dark skies.

Written by Jamie Carter


Observations will help astronomers learn how planetary nebulae form
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:12am

A glowing cloud of cosmic dust and gas known as the Saturn Nebula, or NGC 7009, has been imaged by the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in a bid to help astronomers understand how these kinds of nebulae form.

Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:51am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of the Cambridge Photographic Atlas of Galaxies.

Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win a copy of Piers Bizony's new book Moonshots.

Win a copy of Piers Bizony's new book celebrating space photography
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:00pm



Piers Bizony's Moonshots is a mammoth celebration of 50 years of NASA photography, from Apollo and Gemini to the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. We have two copies up for grabs! See below for more details on how to enter.

Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:00pm

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win a copy of the Cambridge Photographic Atlas of Galaxies.

Mysterious pulses may fill the sky "with flashes like paparazzi"
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:50pm

Fast Radio Bursts are mysterious radio pulses originating from distant galaxies. A new study suggests one may be occurring somewhere in the sky every second.

Our pick of the top stories from this year's conference
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:19pm

The European Planetary Science Congress 2017 took place this week, 17–22 September 2017, in Riga, Latvia, as scientists gathered to reveal the latest news about the bodies that make up our Solar System.

Written by Iain Todd and Elizabeth Pearson.

The unique space rock lies in the asteroid belt but has a comet's tail
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:56pm

A pair of asteroids that behave like a comet have been found in the asteroid belt with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The binary system could help planetary scientists understand how water came to Earth and the other planets.

Scott Levine considers our exploration of the edge of the Solar System
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:41pm

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 time, the end of the Cassini mission around Saturn gets Scott thinking about the outer reaches of our Solar System.

A guide to chasing down the Moon's shadow
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:37pm

Did the 21 August 2017 eclipse turn you into an eclipse chaser? This handy guide will tell you all you need to know to plan your road trip and track down the next eclipse to pass over mainland US on 8 April 2024.

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have discovered...
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