Astronomy News

A British spaceport could soon follow
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:05pm

The Space Industry Bill was given royal assent on the 15 March 2018, paving the way to build a spaceport in the UK. The Bill is part of the government's plan to increase the UK's share of the global space industry to 10 per cent by 2030.

A new explanation for organic molecules on the Red Planet?
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:34pm

Organic molecules are thought to be delivered to Mars mostly via interplanetary dust particles. A new piece of research is revealing something quite different.

The visionary physicist spent his life bringing science to the masses
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:48pm

The visionary physicist Stephen Hawking made several breakthroughs around black holes and the origins of our Universe, but is just as well known for his work bringing his discoveries to the attention of the masses.

The ancient galaxy hasn't changed in the last 10 billion years
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:00pm

The Hubble Space Telescope is about to help uncover the mysteries of an ancient relic – a galaxy frozen 10 billion years in the past. The galaxy is a 'red and dead' galaxy, meaning that it is no longer actively forming stars and hasn't done for billions of years.

Gas giant's 'Unearthly' jet streams and huge polar cyclones uncovered
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:36am

'Unearthly' jet streams and huge polar cyclones are some of the latest revelations on Jupiter from the Juno mission.

Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:21pm

A ring of dust surrounding a star is 240 billion km across and lopsided, showing it has interacted with its surroundings, and that exoplanets do not grow up in isolation. 

Scorching planet could host up to three times as much water as Saturn
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:45am

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 1:47pm

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 12:50pm

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 2:20pm

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 10:15am

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 11:16am

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 3:06pm

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 4:22pm

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 1:05pm

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 1:24pm

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 1:55pm

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 1:30pm

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 1:09pm

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 9:53am

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.

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