Astronomy News

Capture features in your images of the International Space Station
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:51pm

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 8:35am


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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The surface of Mars is getting a lot quieter
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:26pm

An unknown glitch in NASA's Curiosity rover is preventing the Martian explorer from transmitting data back to Earth. 

The observations will track matter on its journey through the Universe
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:09pm

A new initiative will get students to hunt out observing targets so that the JWST can investigate how matter gets spread throughout the Universe.

Capture the stars in motion with our step-by-step astrophotography guide
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:14am

A star trail image reveals the apparent motion of the stars in the night sky and is a great way to take your next step in night sky photography.

Jamie Carter reveals how.

Ryan Gosling plays the first man on the Moon in a new Apollo 11 biopic
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:35am


Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in First Man, the story of the Apollo 11 Moon landing from La La Land director Damien Chazelle.


NASA’s Cassini probe saw the storm rising up hundreds of kilometres
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:14pm

NASA’s Cassini probe saw the storm rising up hundreds of kilometres into the stratosphere

An astrophotography session with one of the world's oldest telescopes
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:02am

In 2017, astro-adventurers Scott Lange and Nick Foster visited the historic James Lick Refractor in the mountains of California to image the night sky through its century-old optics.

Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:06am

Astronomers have managed to map the gas and dust distribution of a monster galaxy located 12.4 billion lightyears away.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:39am


In the latest episode, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look back on 100 years of Holst’s musical work The Planets and its influence on sci-fi soundtracks.

Plus, we discuss the success of NASA’s Dawn mission at Ceres and Vesta, and speak to Roberto Orosei, an astronomer who led a recent study that found evidence of water on Mars.


How to explore the night sky with a pair of binoculars
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:47am

Staring up into the night sky has always inspired curiosity, wonder and the desire to know more.

While we often think that the right tool for exploring the mysteries above is a big telescope, the good news is that a pair of binoculars can be an even better choice.

Binocular expert Jim Shickley reveals his top tips for discovering the cosmos.

Frozen water is 'definitively' detected at the lunar poles
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:46am

Lunar scientists have confirmed the 'definitive' discovery of water ice on the surface of the Moon.

Light from central quasar outshines host galaxy cluster
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:03am

A galaxy cluster has been discovered hiding in plain sight, obscured by the bright light from a supermassive black hole at its centre.

The discovery could explain why the early Universe was more opaque than today
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:49am

The early Universe is more opaque than today's because it is had far fewer galaxies than expected. Without the stars from galaxies, there is no ultraviolet radiation to make the interstellar gas transparent.

Exploring the challenges facing Britain's black women astronomers
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:13pm

The UK has a lot of work to do in attracting black women into astronomy, writes Ben Skuse.

The super-heated planets break and then remake water
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:54am

The ultra-hot atmospheres of some exoplanets could act more like a star than a planet, destroying molecules such as water.

The facts behind the NASA journey to the centre of the Solar System
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:47pm

The Parker Solar Probe launched on 12 August 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning its journey to study our Sun up close. 

Elizabeth Pearson looks at how it will get there and what it’s hoping to discover.

The first direct detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:29am

A collision between two stars has led to the first ever direct detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space.

We speak to some of the scientists at this year's festival
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:52am


In this special edition of Radio Astronomy, we’re live at the world famous Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire for the Bluedot science and music festival 2018.

We speak to some of science speakers at this year's festival to discuss the history of Jodrell Bank, the secrets of the Sun, the Soviet space race and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.


Galactic outskirts may be ideal hunting grounds for ripples in spacetime
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:33am

The edges of spiral galaxies may be one of the best places in the cosmos to look for gravitational waves, according to a new study.

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