Astronomy News

Mark this month's Lyrid meteor shower with our space rock bites
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:50am

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 10:56am

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 8:52am

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 10:55am

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 2:53pm


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 3:24pm

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 3:13pm

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.

Micro and macro under spotlight at Edinburgh International Science Festival
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:03pm

In its first week, the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018 examined the implications of scale in the cosmos, reports space writer Paul F Cockburn.

The science and music festival returns to Jodrell Bank Observatory
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:13pm

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

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:06pm


In this first episode of an all-new, sparkly format for Radio Astronomy, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look at our favourite bits from the April 2018 issue and speak to Dr Alan Penny, vice-president of METI International.


Body observed that existed just 4.4 billion years after the Big Bang
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:33pm

Astronomers have discovered a star that existed just 4.4 billion years after the Big Bang; the most distant ever observed.

This year's theme is 'Life, the Universe and Everything'
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:03pm

Paul F Cockburn reports on astronomy and space-related events at the world’s longest running science festival.


You are 10 million times more likely to be hit by lightning than the space stati
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:52pm

The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is due to crash to Earth on 1 April 2018. The station is expected to break up during re-entry, though some pieces will remain.

How judges pick the best images for the world's top astrophoto competition
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:44pm

What's it like to judge the work of some of the best astrophotographers in the world?

BBC Sky at Night Magazine editor Chris Bramley gives an insight into judging the biggest astro imaging competition on the globe.

Discovery suggests planets like Mercury may not be rare in the Universe
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:37am

Hot planets like Mercury may not be unusual in the Universe, according to a new exoplanet discovery.

Kepler enables study of brief bursts of supernova light
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:03am
The Kepler Space Telescope has enabled astronomers to study a new kind of exploding star.


Study determines source of arch between the Magellanic Clouds
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:42pm

Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope have seemingly solved a galactic mystery: the source of an arch of cosmic gas connecting two dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way.

The ARIEL mission will be largely led in the UK
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:02pm

The ARIEL mission will investigate the atmospheres of exoplanets. The project will be led and planned within the UK. 

Interstellar asteroid probably ejected from hot, two-star sytem
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:12pm

Asteroid ‘Oumuamua is the first known body to enter our Solar System from interstellar space, and probably came from a binary star system, according to new research.

Unusual light show discovered by aurora hunters in 2016
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:58pm

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.


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