Astronomy News

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.

Astronomers have managed to catch the birth and growth of a black hole jet
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:37am

For the first time, astronomers have managed to catch the birth and growth of a black hole jet as the result of a supermassive black hole tearing apart a large star.

The dust could cause problems for the Opportunity rover
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:43pm

The dust storm on Mars could cause problems for the Opportunity rover, but the other four active Martian missions will have the opportunity to study the storm in detail.

This is the first time the array has successfully discovered planets
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:22pm

ALMA has uncovered a trio of exoplanets, the first time the array has made such a discovery.

The Milky Way grew to its current size by snacking on other galaxies
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:15pm

The Milky Way grew to its current size by snacking on other galaxies according to a recent study of data taken by the Gaia satellite.

Win a copy of Peter Whitfield's book on astronomy through the ages
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:22am

Enter our competition to win one of five copies of Mapping the Heavens, a book about astronomy through the ages published by The British Library.

Pay tribute to the summer asterism with our stellar cookies
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:32am

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour pays tribute to the Summer Triangle asterism with stellar cookies.

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.

Organic molecules, methane variations suggest biological processes at play
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:40am

NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered organic molecules embedded in sedimentary rocks on Mars and variations of methane in its atmosphere, which could be signs of life 

Estimated age of ancient star clusters could be wrong by 4 billion years
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:46am

Globular clusters are thought to be some of the oldest objects in the Universe at about 13 billion years old. But a new study suggests they might be nine billion years old, potentially changing what we know about the evolution of our Galaxy.

Dwarf planet's winds deposit methane ice on border of heart-shaped region
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:52am

New Horizons images have enabled astronomers to discover methane ice dunes on Pluto, right next to the dwarf planet's heart-shaped feature.

Search for habitable bodies turns to moons outside our Solar System
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:48am

So far, no moons have been discovered around planets outside of our Solar System. But the hunt for 'exomoons' could be about to step up a gear...

We review some of the best astronomy apps available to download
Wed May 30, 2018 10:14am

Thanks to smartphone apps, you can now keep a wealth of astronomical knowledge in your pocket. Jamie Carter reviews some of the best available right now.

Eclipse-chaser and dark skies expert Jamie Carter is the author of A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide.

Upcoming strategy video game puts players in mission control
Fri May 25, 2018 10:59am

Mars Horizon is new video game that asks players to take control of a national space agency, developing the tools and technology it will take to land humans on the Red Planet.

The game is being developed with support from the UK Space Agency, and BBC Sky at Night Magazine visited UK-based Auroch Digital's studios for a look.

Win a signed copy of Carlo Rovelli's new audiobook
Thu May 24, 2018 8:07am



Enter our competition to win a signed copy of CD audiobook The Order Of Time by Carlo Rovelli, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Astronomers deduce how 'ravioli' satellites came to be
Wed May 23, 2018 10:59am

Images captured by the Cassini spacecraft in 2017 revealed oddly-shaped inner moons of Saturn, like Pan and Atlas. Now, astrophysicists have discovered how these strange Saturnian satellites came to be.

Astronomers trace asteroid back to the early Solar System
Tue May 22, 2018 11:57am

An asteroid has been discovered that is the first known interstellar visitor to our Solar System.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue May 22, 2018 10:50am


In the latest episode of Radio Astronomy, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look at our favourite bits from the June 2018 issue and speak to Prof Gerry Gilmore, principal investigator for the UK participation in a mission to map 1.7 billion stars in our Galaxy.

Mammoth monster could swallow our Sun in two days
Fri May 18, 2018 9:55am

A supermassive black hole has been discovered that could swallow the mass of our Sun in two days. It is the fastest growing black hole ever observed.

How humanity first reached out to explore the Red Planet
Thu May 17, 2018 11:34am

Humanity has well and truly established its presence on Mars, with orbiters and rovers attempting to unlock the secrets of the Red Planet.

In this extract from Mars Manual, published by Haynes Publishing, author David M. Harland explores how our species first reached out to put human-made objects on our red, rocky neighbour.

Detection of oxygen suggests galaxies existed earlier than thought
Thu May 17, 2018 8:06am

The detection of oxygen in a distant galaxy just 250 million years after the Big Bang suggests galaxies existed in the Universe even earlier than thought.

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