Astronomy News

Ezzy's road trip takes her into the path of totality for the first time
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:52am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson is on the road trip of lifetime, making her way across the US to view the total solar eclipse.

On her third day on the road, Ezzy makes her way into the path of totality for the first time, and the anticipation is palpable.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

Celebrate the US eclipse with these snazzy iPhone cases
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:29pm


We have ten eclipse phone covers for iPhone 6 and 7 to give away via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, courtesy of Slooh and Speck.

Find out more below!

Ezzy visits Salt Lake's planetarium, where eclipse glasses are in high demand
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:01am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson continues her journey across the US to view the 21 August total solar eclipse.

Keep up to date with Ezzy's US eclipse exploits via her personal Twitter account and BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Twitter account.

We report back from the astronomy festival deep in the Welsh countryside
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:48am

BBC Sky at Night joined revellers for a weekend of music and family-friendly astronomical fun at this year’s Solarsphere.

Written by Ben Skuse

Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:22am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Facebook giveaway to win one of five eclipse iPhone covers.

Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:18am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our Twitter giveaway to win one of five eclipse iPhone covers.

View our host star in white light, Calcium K and Hydrogen-alpha
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:39am

How do you safely observe the Sun?

With such a wide variety of telescopes, cameras and filters available, anyone can capture breathtaking images of our host star in different wavelengths, writes Mark Townley.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor sets out to catch the American eclipse
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:15am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine news editor Elizabeth Pearson sets out for the trip of a lifetime, on her way to view the 21 August US total solar eclipse.

X-ray sources detected that may one day result in violent mergers
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:12am

Astronomers have detected X-ray sources in a galaxy that could eventually produce gravitational waves.

The rather obscure astronomy term is back in fashion this month
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:37am

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 celebrates one of his favourite words in the English language: syzygy!

Jon Powell recalls a memorable night searching for his Perseid partner
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:16am

As we approach the peak of the Perseids season, Jon Powell recalls a memorable night one August searching for his meteor-observing partner.

Two potentially habitable planets detected in orbit
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:13am

The search for habitable exoplanets has detected two candidates in orbit around a Sun-like star.

Observations give insight into the monster at our Galaxy's heart
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:00am

The stars in orbit around the Galactic Centre have given astronomers new insight into the monster black hole that lies at its heart.

Inaugural meeting will seek to promote the preservation of dark skies
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:25am

Preparations are underway for the first ever European Dark Sky Places Conference, focussing on the preservation of dark skies across the globe.

Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:56am

By heating gas to millions of degrees and compressing it to huge densities, a team of scientists have been able to study the nuclear reactions that occur in a stellar core.

Win a copy of Cambridge University's new galactic reference guide
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:00pm


The Cambridge Photographic Atlas of Galaxies is an astronomical reference guide featuring over 250 galaxies; all within the reach of amateur astronomy. And we have four copies to give away!

Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:00am

Scientists have just released the most accurate map to date of the structure of dark matter in the Universe, supporting the theory that dark energy and dark matter make up most of the cosmos.

By Jacob Chambers

The story of how Charles Messier's famous catalogue came to be
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:24am

The story of Charles Messier's famous astronomical catalogue, and why it continues to influence astronomers today.

Written by Jacob Chambers

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:00am

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our Solar System, or exoplanet. The stratosphere was found around a hot Jupiter exoplanet, WASP-121b, using data taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Historic Cheshire Observatory honoured on 60th anniversary
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:04am

On the 60th anniversary of the Lovell Telescope's first light, the Jodrell Bank Observatory has been celebrating after six of its structures were recognised by the National Heritage List for England.

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