Astronomy News

Findings could make Jupiter's moon a candidate for evidence of life
Tue May 15, 2018 9:42am

The search for signs of life in the Solar System continues, and the latest candidate could be Jupiter's moon Europa, following strong evidence for water plumes bursting through its surface.

The carbon rich object was probably thrown out of the asteroid belt
Thu May 10, 2018 12:03pm

An asteroid has been found in the Kuiper Belt. The object most likely originated from the asteroid belt, but was thrown out early on in the Solar System's history.

Win a pair of weekend passes to the science and music festival
Tue May 08, 2018 1:27pm



The Bluedot science and music festival returns to the Cheshire countryside for a long weekend of live music and science at the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, 20-22 July 2018.

And we have a pair of weekend camping tickets to give away!

Author David A. Weintraub discusses humanity's future on the Red Planet
Fri May 04, 2018 1:03pm

The prospect of humans setting foot on Mars seems to become more of a reality with each passing year. But could we actually get there, and is life on Mars really possible?

Discovery may help detect atmospheres around Earth-sized exoplanets
Fri May 04, 2018 8:33am

The detection of one of the Universe's most common elements in the atmosphere of an exoplanet could usher a new era in the hunt for planets outside our Solar System.

Spacecraft that will examine solar surface passes final test
Tue May 01, 2018 9:58am

The Parker Solar Probe will explore the surface of the Sun like never before. A team of scientists have been putting the spacecraft through its paces by blasting it with the heat from old IMAX cinema projectors.

The problems with eating in weightlessness, and how to solve them
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:12am

What do astronauts eat in space? How can science provide food for human spacefarers making a long journey to Mars?

Jasmin Fox-Skelly finds out what's on the menu.

Astronomers observe the beginnings of a galactic collision
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:01pm

Galaxies clusters are the most massive structures in the known Universe, and astronomers have been given a perfect opportunity to study their formation.

Hydrogen sulphide detected in seventh planet’s cloud deck
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:47am

A study has uncovered the presence of a rotten-smelling gas in the clouds of the planet Uranus.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:40am


In this episode of Radio Astronomy we speak to sedimentary geologist and Curiosity mission co-investigator Prof Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College London, and we look at our favourite bits of BBC Sky at Night Magazine's May '18 issue. Clear skies!
Study reveals the powerful processes of a pair of merging galaxies
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:42am

Astronomers have observed a pair of galaxies in the final stage of merging, revealing the forces that create its unique ‘butterfly’ shape.

New mission maps the ‘DNA’ of 350,000 stars in the Milky Way
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:37am

A new study to map the 'DNA' of 350,000 stars may uncover the lost siblings of our Sun.

The Event Horizon Telescope attempted to image the Milky Way's dark heart
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:16pm

The Event Horizon Telescope attempted to take an image of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*, in 2017. It was hoped that the images could be used to differentiate between different forms of gravity, but it now appears that won't be possible.

Mark this month's Lyrid meteor shower with our space rock bites
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:50am

Amateur astronomer and baker Katharine Kilgour marks this month's Lyrid meteor shower with a rocky meteor munchies.

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.

New exoplanet-hunting space telescope launches
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:56am

Launched on 18 April 2018, NASA's TESS is the first of a new wave of exoplanet-hunting space telescopes that will scour the skies for new worlds, writes Govert Schilling.

Edinburgh International Science Festival looks to the future in its final week
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:52am

During its second and final week, the Edinburgh International Science Festival looked to the future of astronomy, says space writer Paul F Cockburn.

Testing observation methods on the lakes will aid future missions to the moon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:55am

Two salty lakes found underneath an Arctic glacier could help provide a test bed for the techniques needed to study the subsurface ocean of Europa. The lakes also serve as an analogue for the condtions that life might have had to endure on the icy moon.

Iconic photographs from Apollo, Gemini expected to fetch $12,000
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:53pm


Historic archive NASA images from 1961-1972 are up for auction at Swann Auction Galleries, who have shared some of the incredible photographs with BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

The collection features iconic scenes from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions and is expected to fetch up to $12,000 (£8,460) when it goes up for auction on 19 April.


The search will be aided by... squids?
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:24pm

The Axion Dark Matter Experiment will begin its quest to find axions - a hypothetical particle that could explain dark matter.

How a group of amateur astronomers brought an historic scope back to life
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:13pm

For most astronomical societies, refurbishing an historic scope would be a dream come true. David Ettie of Sunderland Astronomical Society reveals how he and his fellow stargazers did just that.

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