Astronomy News

A history of collisions and impacts makes up the story of our cosmic home
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:16am

Elizabeth Pearson investigates how the Solar System was transformed 3.9 billion years ago

The particles could help solve  century old questions about cosmic rays
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:51am

A burst of cosmic neutrinos originated in a flaring blazar. The discovery could help solve the century old question of where cosmic rays come from.

Ancient formations provide clues about the history of the Red Planet
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:03am

The remnants of sand dunes have been found on Mars: features that formed about 2 billion years ago, when the Red Planet had flowing water and active volcanoes.

Space rock recovered among wild lions and elephants
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:33pm

An asteroid fragment that was witnessed exploding over the Botswana’s Central Game Reserve has been found amid elephants and lions

Written by Ceres Woolley Maisch

Gaia satellite reveals event that shaped the structure of our Galaxy
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:38am

Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, collided with a smaller 'sausage galaxy' early in its history, an event whose effect can still be seen today.

Exoplanet seen in the protoplanetary disc around a young dwarf star
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:14am

For the first time, an image has been captured of a newly-formed planet in orbit around a star.

Astronomers study the types of carbon found in our Galaxy
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:30am

The Milky Way contains 10 billion trillion tonnes of 'greasy' matter, but not the kind that goes on your toast.

Written by Katherine Shaw

Planets' axial tilts suggest stable climates and regular seasons
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:26am

Two exoplanets' axes of spin reveal they could be more Earth-like than originally thought.

Change in speed suggests mystery object could be a comet
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:46am

Astronomers may have solved the mystery of 'Oumuamua, the mysterious body that was spotted racing through our Solar System last year.

What can ripples in space-time tell us about black holes and neutron stars?
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:36am

On 14 September 2015, scientists observed gravitational waves for the first time.

But what are gravitational waves, and what can they tell us about the Universe?

Katherine Shaw investigates

Organics suggest moon meets requirements for life as we know it
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:00pm

The discovery of complex organic molecules on Enceladus makes Saturn's moon the only known body apart from Earth to satisfy the requirements for life as we know it.

Observatory returned to working status after six decades
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:33pm

A new telescope has been installed at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, restoring the observatory's status as a working institution for the first time in 60 years.

Named after 'lady computer' Annie Maunder, the telescope will be used for public outreach as well as scientific research.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited the observatory to find out more.

Written by Katherine Shaw.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:44am

In the latest episode of Radio Astronomy, Chris Scott, Professor of Space and Atmospheric Physics at the University of Reading, speaks to us about just how dangerous solar activity is to life on Earth and what’s going on at the surface of the Sun.

Plus we look back on 60 years of NASA and reveal our fave bits of BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s July ’18 issue.

(Carousel image: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory)

Using resources on other planets could help our space travel ambitions
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:05pm

To make future plans for space exploration and colonisation a possibility, technologies are now being developed to use local resources on other planets.

Space writer Nick Spall investigates.

Survey of 50,000 stars considered 'dry run' for new TESS mission
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:09am

A survey of 50,000 stars in the hunt for exoplanets is being lauded as a successful dry run for the new TESS telescope.

Retracing the steps of Patrick Moore's visit to Stonehenge in 1972
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:14am

Retracing the steps of Patrick Moore, in 2017 BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited the huge stones of the greatest ancient monument in Britain to witness the sunrise on summer solstice.

Written by Josh Drury

new technique could reveal orbiting exoplanets above bright starlight
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:13am

Exoplanets hidden by the bright light from their host stars can be observed by detecting molecules on their surface, according to a new study.

Written by Katherine Shaw.

World famous physicist laid to rest alongside Newton and Darwin
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:10am

World famous physicist Stephen Hawking is laid to rest at Westminster Abbey alongside Newton and Darwin.

Written by Rob Banino.

How the detection of Pluto's moon solved an visual curiosity
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:22am

NASA's New Horizons mission has given us incredible images and insight into Pluto's moon Charon, but like many astronomical discoveries it was detected as a result of an anomaly.

Charon was discovered on 22 June 1978 by US astronomer James Christy while examining images of Pluto.

Ben Evans explores how this momentous find came to be.

Earth-based organisms may help humans colonise the Red Planet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:43pm

Earth-based bacteria could help humans breathe oxygen on Mars, according to a new study.

Written by Katherine Shaw.

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