Astronomy News

Unusual light show discovered by aurora hunters in 2016
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:58pm

Aurora researchers might have finally gotten to the bottom of what creates Steve – the whimsically named shimmering ribbon of purple light first discovered by aurora hunters in 2016.


A British spaceport could soon follow
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:05pm

The Space Industry Bill was given royal assent on the 15 March 2018, paving the way to build a spaceport in the UK. The Bill is part of the government's plan to increase the UK's share of the global space industry to 10 per cent by 2030.

A new explanation for organic molecules on the Red Planet?
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:34pm

Organic molecules are thought to be delivered to Mars mostly via interplanetary dust particles. A new piece of research is revealing something quite different.

The visionary physicist spent his life bringing science to the masses
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:48pm

The visionary physicist Stephen Hawking made several breakthroughs around black holes and the origins of our Universe, but is just as well known for his work bringing his discoveries to the attention of the masses.

The ancient galaxy hasn't changed in the last 10 billion years
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:00pm

The Hubble Space Telescope is about to help uncover the mysteries of an ancient relic – a galaxy frozen 10 billion years in the past. The galaxy is a 'red and dead' galaxy, meaning that it is no longer actively forming stars and hasn't done for billions of years.

Gas giant's 'Unearthly' jet streams and huge polar cyclones uncovered
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:36am

'Unearthly' jet streams and huge polar cyclones are some of the latest revelations on Jupiter from the Juno mission.

Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:21pm

A ring of dust surrounding a star is 240 billion km across and lopsided, showing it has interacted with its surroundings, and that exoplanets do not grow up in isolation. 

Scorching planet could host up to three times as much water as Saturn
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:45am

A Saturn-like exoplanet may have up to three times as much water in its atmosphere as our ringed planet.

The science and music festival returns to Jodrell Bank Observatory
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:20am

The science and music festival returns to the Cheshire countryside for a long weekend of talks and performances at the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Signal seen from the first glow of starlight, for the first time
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:47pm

The earliest stars in the Universe have been detected for the first time. A team of astronomers found the imprint of starlight's first glow on the cosmic microwave background radiation. 

It is the first time such an observation has been made
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:50am

Amateur astronomer Víctor Buso made the first ever observations of a supernova's first light while testing out his new camera.

The Martian orbiter has lowered its orbit to sample the atmosphere for methane
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:20pm

The Martian orbiter has lowered its orbit to sample the atmosphere for methane

Behemoth objects could be ten billion times more massive than the Sun
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:15am

You may have heard of supermassive black holes: the huge, light-swallowing behemoths at the centre of most galaxies.

A team of astronomers have managed to discover ultramassive black holes, some of which could be at least ten billion times more massive than the Sun.

All you need to know to enter the world's premier astrophoto competition
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:16am

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.

This year, IAPY is celebrating its tenth anniversary with its biggest ever exhibition in a new dedicated space.

Here's all you need to know to enter.

Royal Observatory's Tom Kerss reveals how to capture a nightscape
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:54am

With entries now open for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 competition, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Tom Kerss reveals his tips for capturing a magnificent nightscape.

As told to Lorin R Robinson.

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday in style with our astro pancakes
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:06pm

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour marks this year's Shrove Tuesday with a recipe for pancakes that are out of this world.

Katharine Kilgour likes to combine her love of astronomy with her love of cooking, making tasty treats to feed herself, her friends and her family Astro-boy (aged 13), Astro-girl (aged 17) and Astro-dad.

A planetary triplet could help in understanding why some planets have no gas
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:22pm

A planetary triplet could help in understanding why some planets are rocky and others not. The trio bridge the gap over which planets transition from being terrestrial, Earth-like worlds to planets surrounded by an evelope of gas.

The rocket can put a bus into the orbit of Mars
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:05pm

SpaceX has performed a successful test launch of its new Falcon Heavy Rocket. The spacecraft was carrying a Tesla Roadster which is now in orbit around the Sun.

Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:24pm

The seven Earth-mass planets around TRAPPIST-1 appear to be rocky, and could be rich in water. The find was made by measuring their densities.

Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:55pm

An exoplanet has been discovered in a galaxy other than our own using microlensing. This is the first time a planet has been seen outside the Milky Way.

InSight will be the first mission to another planet launched from the West Coast. It...
Observations of Ceres have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the...
NASA's Mars 2020 mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of...
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