Astronomy News

NASA's New Horizons mission reveals most detailed image of Pluto yet
Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:15pm

NASA New Horizons mission scientists have received the most detailed image of Pluto ever taken, ahead of the mission’s closest approach on 14 July.

New software project to offer immersive astronomy experience
Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:36pm

A new immersive, virtual reality astronomy experience developed by Edinburgh astronomers could be set to make clear-sky stargazing a reality for anyone with an Internet connection.

Discovery could usher in new era of galaxy hunting, deeper in space
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:09pm

A radio telescope has detected a signal carrying the imprint of galaxy-forming hydrogen, meaning it could allow astronomers to search for galaxies deeper in space than ever before.

Sciencists closer to understanding dark energy's role in Universe expansion
Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:18pm

A new survey mapping dark matter is giving astronomers the techniques to understand more about dark energy and its role in the expansion of the Universe.

In 2018 a pulsar will encounter a massive star, creating high energy explosions
Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:01pm

In 2018 a pulsar will encounter a massive star, creating high energy explosions

Gas giant growth in early stages creates 'laboratory' for planet formation
Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:59pm

Astronomers are witnessing the birth of a planet in its very early stages, enabling them to gain a unique view of the formation process.

The craters could help researchers peer under the comet’s surface
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:18pm

The craters could help researchers peer under the comet’s surface

NASA/ESA project will observe spacecraft impact into binary asteroid system
Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:20pm

As part of Asteroid Day, ESA has revealed how observations and data collection on an international scale are helping prepare for a mission to analyse a binary asteroid system up close.

Infrared light surrounding white dwarf could come from giant planet
Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:11pm

Scientists have discovered infrared light surrounding a white dwarf that could support the theory that massive, ageing planets can regain their infrared glow.

'Worldwide' campaign launched to observe high-energy light show
Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:20pm

V404 Cygni has renewed activity with its highest burst of high-energy light since 1989.

Gravitational disruption may be crucial in early stages of accretion
Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:13am

The presence of spiral arms surrounding a young star is being offered as a solution to a key problem in the theory of planetary formation.

Large galaxy shines twice as bright after accreting younger stars
Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:29pm

Planetary nebulae have enabled a team to discover the devouring of a smaller galaxy by Messier 87 within the past billion years.

NASA simulation shows potential for greater gamma ray detection rate
Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:07am

The gamma rays produced when dark matter particles collide are rare and difficult to observe. A new NASA simulation shows how the power of black holes could provide conditions for greater detection.

Study examines ice formation under extreme atmospheric conditions
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:11pm

Some of the mysteries surrounding the interiors of icy planetary bodies like Uranus and Neptune could be solved through the findings of a new study looking at salt.

 
New research widens understanding of exoplanet diversity
Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:53am

For the first time, scientists have managed to measure the size and mass of an exoplanet smaller than Earth, paving the way for new understanding of the diversity of planets in the Universe.

The stars were found in the brightest early galaxy ever observed
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:10pm

The stars were found in the brightest early galaxy ever observed

Systems running optimal after lander's seven-month hibernation
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:00am

Rosetta's Philae lander awoke on 13 June after seven months in hibernation, marking the next phase in the orbiter's mission.

'Convincing case' for presence of planet sunscreen
Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:23pm

Data from the Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed the presence of a stratosphere on a massive and hot exoplanet, settling a scientific debate and providing new info about how the distant planet formed.

Crater impact deposits could reveal info on past Martian life
Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:12pm

Deposits of glass found in impact craters on Mars could enable scientists to learn more about the possibility of former life on the Red Planet.

Confirmation reveals new clues about galaxy evolution
Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:38pm

The confirmation that three supernovae exploded alone in deep space is helping astronomers learn more about the empty spaces between galaxies.

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