Astronomy News

Fri May 27, 2011 9:37am

NASA has announced it will launch a sample-return mission to an asteroid in 2016

Wed May 25, 2011 5:01pm

NASA has announced the termination of all communications with the Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, after 10 months of futile effort to regain contact.

Tue May 24, 2011 4:48pm

After a five month-long stay in the International Space Station, astronauts Dmitry Kondratyev, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli are feeling gravity once again

Mon May 23, 2011 4:44pm

Astronomers from the UK discover the black holes are spinning faster now than ever before in the history of the Universe

Mon May 09, 2011 3:50pm

Raging torrents of molecular gas, detected coming from galaxies for the first time by ESA's Herschel space observatory, could be the culprit behind galaxies that have lost the ability to form new stars.

Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:39pm

With Destination Titan airing this Sunday on BBC Four, Sky at Night Magazine spoke to Prof John Zarnecki about his mission to explore Saturn's enigmatic moon.

Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:18pm

Jodrell Bank, the centre for UK radio astronomy, will be opening a brand new visitors’ centre on 11 April.

Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:50pm

Luminaries such as Buzz Aldrin, Brian May and Richard Dawkins will gather on Tenerife this summer for the Starmus festival from 20-25 June.

Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:01pm

For more than 50 years, it has blasted off to space from the deserts of central Asia or the frozen forests of northern Russia, but the Soyuz launcher is soon to be launching from the tropical south America.

Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:09pm

After returning to Earth for the final time in March, Space Shuttle Discovery is being given a thorough examination and prepared for its last journey to a museum in the US

Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:48pm

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has provided the first ever image of Mercury from an orbiting spacecraft, capturing previously unrecorded territory near the planet's south pole.

Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:42pm

Astronomers may have found the first direct evidence for where high-energy cosmic rays detected here on Earth come from, thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory

Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:38pm

The long-running NASA spacecraft Stardust finally completed its 5.7 billion km, 12-year mission last week. On 24 March the probe finished its remaining fuel in one final 146 second blast.

Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:36pm

A new infrared image from the Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the heart of the Milky Way to be a place glowing with stars and excited gas.

Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:36pm

Like here on Earth, spring seems to have brought rain to Titan's equatorial deserts, and on this distant, icy satellite, it rains methane.

Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:35pm

The full Moon of 19 March will be one of the biggest and brightest lunar displays of recent years, thanks to the Moon coming particularly close to the Earth

Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:29pm

The International Space Station is preparing for a new era without Space Shuttles visiting every few months, shifting from construction work to an emphasis on scientific experiments in zero gravity

Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:19am

Two star parties in April promise evenings of astronomy near the famous prehistoric monument

Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:22pm

Ahead of the 700th episode of The Sky at Night on 6 March 2011, Patrick Moore recalls some of the memorable episodes that the crew of The Sky at Night shared during more than 50 years of filming.

Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:22pm

Ian Russell produced The Sky at Night from 1998 to 2002. He was the last to record the show in a television studio, bringing guests and props in from outside and was the first to record an episode with guitarist and astronomer Brian May

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