Astronomy News

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.

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.

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.

Supermassive giants are critical to the life cycles of stars surrounding them
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:30pm

Supermassive black holes could destroy around one star per year that strays to close. The effect has been studied around the cores of recently merged galaxies but could take place in other kinds as well.

Study shows how molecules can exist in extreme environments
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:09pm

New stars may be born in the hostile winds that emerge from black holes, according to a study.

How to watch the 31 January lunar eclipse from the UK and west Europe
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:53am

If you live in the United Kingdom, western parts of continental Europe and Africa or eastern parts of South America, unfortunately you won't be able to observe today's lunar eclipse.

Luckily, NASA is live streaming the event for the rest of the world to enjoy.

An amateur astronomer reconnected with the satellite after 10 years of silence
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:26pm

The aurora hunting Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) reconnected with Earth after spending 10 years orbiting the Earth in silence. It was detected by amateur astronomer Scott Tilley. 

Mass of galaxy cluster magnifies distant object
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:35am

Astronomers have used the mass of a galaxy cluster to bend the light of a distant galaxy, enabling it to be seen in greater detail.

Motions of star being flung about reveal the presence of inactive black hole
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:20pm

An invisible black hole has been discovered in a star cluster because astronomers were able to observe how its gravitational pull affects the motions of a nearby star.

Collision that created gravitational waves leaves behind increasing glow
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:10pm

In August 2017, scientists detected gravitational waves generated by the merging of two neutron stars. The afterglow from that stellar collision has continued to brighten over time.

Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:53am

Below are the terms and conditions for entering our competition to win a pair of tickets to The Story of the Solar System.

We're giving away two tickets to Will Gater's new live show
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:52am

Win a pair of tickets to The Story of the Solar System, a new live show by astronomer Will Gater that reveals how the planets came to be.

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