Astronomy News

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.

Apollo 13, the space race and the future of NASA
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:56pm

We speak to former NASA scientist of the Apollo era David Baker about the space race and putting humans on the Moon.

How the exoplanet-hunting telescope changed our view of the Universe
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:24am

After nine years in deep space, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel. 

Paul F Cockburn asks what it’s shown us.

An interview with Professor Chris Impey on the cosmic enigmas
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:03am

What are black holes? What role do they play in the formation of galaxies, and could a civilisation ever harness their energy? We spoke to Professor Chris Impey, author of Einstein's Monsters, to get answers to some of the biggest questions in the Universe.

Win a copy of a new guide to the night sky
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:00am


Enter our competition to win one of three copies of Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations, written by Sara Gillingham and published by Phaidon.

Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 or over.


Spacecraft runs out of fuel after decade of discovery at asteroid belt
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:04am

After a decade of scientific discovery in the asteroid belt, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has run out of fuel.

Jasmin Fox-Skelly looks back on its biggest discoveries.

Win a copy of Brian May's new 3-D book on the Space Race
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:03am

Enter our competition to win one of two signed copies of Mission Moon 3-D, a new book about the Space Race conceived by Brian May and published by the London Stereoscopic Company.

Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 or over.


The LHC experiments recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:55pm

The Large Hadron Collider experiments recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang. Scientists have found that the plasma created during that time acted like a fluid.

Have you got what it takes to become an astronaut?
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:00pm

Have you got what it takes to live and work in space? Find out by attempting to solve some mind-boggling puzzles from a new book by UK astronaut Tim Peake and the European Space Agency.

We speak to former NASA chief historian Roger D Launius
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:25am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine speaks to former NASA chief historian Roger D Launius about his new book The History of Space Exploration.

New documentary looks at NASA's achievements since the Apollo era
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:04am

Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy's latest work Above and Beyond is a look at the history of NASA following the Apollo missions.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the director, who is the niece of US President John F Kennedy, about the past, present and future of spaceflight.

Astro societies join forces to spread the stargazing bug
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:11pm

The Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) and Cardiff Astronomical Society (CAS) have been spreading the stargazing bug at a recent co-hosted event.

Katrin Raynor-Evans, librarian at Cardiff Astro, reports back on the day's activities.

 The moon candidate is thought to be the size of Neptune
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:18pm

Astronomers believe they have discovered an exomoon larger than Neptune in orbit around a planet several times larger than Jupiter.

How a new radio telescope could unlock the secrets of the Universe
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:58am

Two new radio telescopes are being built that will span two continents and give astronomers an unprecedented look at the past, present and future of the Universe. Decades in the making, the Square Kilometre Array is due to be the next leap forward in our understanding of the cosmos.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine spoke to SKA Director General, Professor Philip Diamond to learn more about this exciting project.

Distant dwarf planet could reveal more about hypothesised Planet X
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:26am

The search for the ninth planet in our Solar System has revealed a distant dwarf planet orbiting far beyond Pluto.

Keep your binoculars steady with a mount that faces down to look up
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:12pm

Keep your binoculars steady with a mount that faces down to look up.

How a European mission will explore the first planet from the Sun
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:25pm

October 2018 saw the launch of Bepi Colombo, a European mission to study Mercury, the innermost world in our Solar System.

Govert Schilling reveals why we’re going, and how we’ll get there.

Capture features in your images of the International Space Station
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:51pm

We reveal the tricks you need to image the International Space Station and capture its intricate features.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:35am


In the latest episode of the Radio Astronomy podcast, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team discuss new evidence of water ice on the lunar surface, look back at the Apollo 7 mission and speak to Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory.

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