Astronomy News

Astronomers observed acoustic waves bouncing around Sun's interior
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:03pm

Astronomers observing the Sun have concluded that its core rotates faster than its surface; a conclusion that could help piece together the story of the Sun's formation.

Astronomers discover further evidence for the possibility of life on Titan
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:45pm

Observations confirm the presence of a membrane-forming chemical in Titan’s atmosphere, resembling cell membranes of living organisms on Earth.

Written by Jacob Chambers

The matter that makes us all intergalactic space travellers
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:53pm

Up to half of the mass in our galaxy could have travelled across space from smaller galaxies to help form new stars in our own Milky Way. In essence, we are all space travellers.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

How our smartphones are forcing radio astronomy into the wilderness
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:27pm

Increased use of smart and broadcasting technology is causing problems for astronomers observing radio waves from space.

To solve this, they are moving beyond the reaches of technology to radio quiet zones, in the hopes of observing signals from outerspace.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Cassini’s final weeks continue to expose new surprises about Saturn
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:10am

As the Cassini mission comes to an end, its final orbits continue to reveal new surprises about Saturn’s inner workings.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

We visit Cape Kennedy for a space fan's trip of a lifetime
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:57am

It's famous for Apollo, the Space Shuttle and now commercial SpaceX rocket launches, but NASA's Kennedy Space Center's spectacular spaceflight exhibits make it a must-see.

Science writer and space fan Jamie Carter reveals some of the unmissable sights open to visitors.

How frozen liquids help us understand more about the Universe
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:23am

Word of the Month is a new column from amateur astronomer Scott Levine looking at how a single concept can tell us about the workings of the Universe, with a quick sketch to outline his thoughts.

This month, Scott explores how ice is a phenomenon found throughout our Solar System.

Exploring the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:00am

The Universe consists mostly of the unknown substances dark matter and dark energy, but what exactly are they?

We explore why scientists think the invisible exists, and the theories that try and decipher these unexplained mysteries.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

The Apollo astronaut recalls flying through the Moon's shadow
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:04pm

48 years ago today the Apollo 11 astronauts flew through the Moon's shadow and saw the solar corona from space.

Written by Jamie Carter

Death of massive stars result in a new generation born
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:09pm

Recent research has discovered complex molecules inside a supernova explosion, which could reveal new clues on how stars might be born.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Asteroids carrying water to Earth could have been warm balls of mud
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:22am

Planets like Earth may have been built not from the impact of rocky asteroids, but by large balls of warm mud colliding.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Learn how to view and image one of the best meteor showers of the year
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:32am

With summer in full swing, one of the year’s biggest meteor showers is around the corner once again.

Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Tom Kerss reveals how to spot and photograph a Perseid shooting across the night sky.

Astronomers spot smallest known star in rare binary system
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:52am

The smallest star ever discovered has been found by astronomers in a search that could help us find extraterrestrial life.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

New images captured during NASA spacecraft's Jupiter flyby
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:39am

NASA's Juno spacecraft has completed a flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, revealing the planet's swirling storm in greater detail than we have ever seen.

Spacecraft targets 'mysterious' object in the outer Solar System
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:36pm

New Horizons is due to fly by a Kuiper Belt object that is proving mysterious, according to ground-based observations.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

Brown dwarf research could change what we know about star clusters
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:10pm

Our Galaxy could contain 100 billion brown dwarfs, a much higher number than scientists initially thought, in research that could change what we know about star clusters.

Written by Nadia Blackshaw

It is likely the chemical does not have a biological origin
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:59pm

Methanol has been detected in the plumes of Saturn’s moon Encleadus from the ground for the first time. When the chemical was first spotted by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, it was hoped they might be signs of life on the moon, but this new finding puts that into doubt.

Written by Elizabeth Pearson
Observatory will search the skies for evidence of ripples in space-time
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:06am

The hunt for gravitational waves continues, now boosted by a new ground-based telescope led by a British university.

NASA spacecraft will study Jupiter's huge storm up close
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:50am

The Juno spacecraft is due to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, giving scientists an unprecedented view of the Gas Giant's raging storm.

Our pick of some of the best images of our Galaxy sent in by readers
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:57am

A prominent Milky Way stretching over the night sky is one of the most glorious sights on Earth. Here, we present ten of our favourite images of the Galaxy sent to us by astrophotographers.

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