Astronomy News

Have you got what it takes to become an astronaut?
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:00am

Have you got what it takes to live and work in space? Find out by attempting to solve some mind-boggling puzzles from a new book by UK astronaut Tim Peake and the European Space Agency.

We speak to former NASA chief historian Roger D Launius
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:25am

BBC Sky at Night Magazine speaks to former NASA chief historian Roger D Launius about his new book The History of Space Exploration.

New documentary looks at NASA's achievements since the Apollo era
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:04am

Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy's latest work Above and Beyond is a look at the history of NASA following the Apollo missions.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the director, who is the niece of US President John F Kennedy, about the past, present and future of spaceflight.

Astro societies join forces to spread the stargazing bug
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:11pm

The Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) and Cardiff Astronomical Society (CAS) have been spreading the stargazing bug at a recent co-hosted event.

Katrin Raynor-Evans, librarian at Cardiff Astro, reports back on the day's activities.

 The moon candidate is thought to be the size of Neptune
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:18pm

Astronomers believe they have discovered an exomoon larger than Neptune in orbit around a planet several times larger than Jupiter.

How a new radio telescope could unlock the secrets of the Universe
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:58am

Two new radio telescopes are being built that will span two continents and give astronomers an unprecedented look at the past, present and future of the Universe. Decades in the making, the Square Kilometre Array is due to be the next leap forward in our understanding of the cosmos.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine spoke to SKA Director General, Professor Philip Diamond to learn more about this exciting project.

Distant dwarf planet could reveal more about hypothesised Planet X
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:26am

The search for the ninth planet in our Solar System has revealed a distant dwarf planet orbiting far beyond Pluto.

Keep your binoculars steady with a mount that faces down to look up
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:12pm

Keep your binoculars steady with a mount that faces down to look up.

How a European mission will explore the first planet from the Sun
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:25pm

October 2018 saw the launch of Bepi Colombo, a European mission to study Mercury, the innermost world in our Solar System.

Govert Schilling reveals why we’re going, and how we’ll get there.

Capture features in your images of the International Space Station
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:51pm

We reveal the tricks you need to image the International Space Station and capture its intricate features.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:35am


In the latest episode of the Radio Astronomy podcast, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team discuss new evidence of water ice on the lunar surface, look back at the Apollo 7 mission and speak to Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory.

Carousel image: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University


The surface of Mars is getting a lot quieter
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:26pm

An unknown glitch in NASA's Curiosity rover is preventing the Martian explorer from transmitting data back to Earth. 

The observations will track matter on its journey through the Universe
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:09pm

A new initiative will get students to hunt out observing targets so that the JWST can investigate how matter gets spread throughout the Universe.

Capture the stars in motion with our step-by-step astrophotography guide
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:14am

A star trail image reveals the apparent motion of the stars in the night sky and is a great way to take your next step in night sky photography.

Jamie Carter reveals how.

Ryan Gosling plays the first man on the Moon in a new Apollo 11 biopic
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:35am


Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in First Man, the story of the Apollo 11 Moon landing from La La Land director Damien Chazelle.


NASA’s Cassini probe saw the storm rising up hundreds of kilometres
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:14pm

NASA’s Cassini probe saw the storm rising up hundreds of kilometres into the stratosphere

An astrophotography session with one of the world's oldest telescopes
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:02am

In 2017, astro-adventurers Scott Lange and Nick Foster visited the historic James Lick Refractor in the mountains of California to image the night sky through its century-old optics.

Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:06am

Astronomers have managed to map the gas and dust distribution of a monster galaxy located 12.4 billion lightyears away.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:39am


In the latest episode, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look back on 100 years of Holst’s musical work The Planets and its influence on sci-fi soundtracks.

Plus, we discuss the success of NASA’s Dawn mission at Ceres and Vesta, and speak to Roberto Orosei, an astronomer who led a recent study that found evidence of water on Mars.


How to explore the night sky with a pair of binoculars
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:47am

Staring up into the night sky has always inspired curiosity, wonder and the desire to know more.

While we often think that the right tool for exploring the mysteries above is a big telescope, the good news is that a pair of binoculars can be an even better choice.

Binocular expert Jim Shickley reveals his top tips for discovering the cosmos.

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