Astronomy News

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

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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.

As the Sun loses mass, the planets' orbits are drifting further out
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:12pm

The Sun is losing weight, but the Solar System's waistline is expanding as the planets' orbits increase. Data from NASA's Mercury probe MESSENGER is helping to keep track of how much our cosmic neighbourhood is expanding.

More similarities discovered between Earth and Saturn's moon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:02pm

 

Saturn's largest moon Titan has an atmosphere and liquid cycle, much like Earth. But that's not the only similarity between our planet and this fascinating satellite.

 

Hub is filled with stars of different ages moving at different speeds
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:10pm

The central hub of our Galaxy is a dynamic environment filled with stars of different ages moving around at varying velocities, according to observations carried out with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Are the bursts caused by neutron stars – or aliens?
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:00pm

Are fast radio bursts caused by neutron stars – or aliens? New observations of FRB 121102 hope to reveal the origins of these energetic eruptions.

All you need to know to enter the world's premier astrophoto competition
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:34am

Marking its tenth anniversary, the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition returns for 2018 with its biggest ever exhibition in a new dedicated space.

Here's all you need to know to enter.

Observations of a Sun-like star could help predict the solar cycle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:36pm

A new study of a star similar to the Sun, but with more heavy elements in its core, could help researchers understand the 11-year solar cycle and its impact on Earth's climate.

Apollo 16 astronaut mourned by NASA and space community
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:13am

NASA astronaut and Apollo Moon-walker John Young has passed away, aged 87.

The find could mean we can expect to see more gravitational waves in future
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:39pm

The Galaxy appears to have an excess of very massive stars. The find could mean we can expect to see more gravitational waves in future.

Super-Earths with thick atmospheres could host life around spinning stars
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:42am

Pulsar stars are spinning neutron stars that blast out pulses of radiation, but astronomers believe they may be able to support orbiting habitable planets.

Study suggests our Sun and planets formed around a Wolf-Rayet star
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:07pm

A study from the University of Chicago suggests a new scenario for the birth of our Solar System.

X-ray observations reveal how important elements are distributed
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:42pm

The study of the remains of exploded stars can tell us alot about the elements that make up the Universe we see around us.

Kepler-90 system now matches our own Solar System
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:41pm

Our Solar System is no longer the only eight-planet system we know of, following a new discovery made by artificial intelligence.

For more on how artificial intelligence can help astronomers, pick up a copy of the January issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, out 21 December 2017.

The elusive gift-giver could be hiding on an icy moon
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:01pm

Could Santa have moved his workshop to one of the icy moons of the Solar System? The frozen worlds are thought to be our best chance of finding life off of Earth, but could they also be home to Father Christmas's hideaway?

Jon Powell discusses the need to keep warm during winter observing
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:43am

Tis the season for Christmas jumpers, hats, gloves, and of course, socks! All of these items can be put to good use under the cold winter night skies, writes Jon Powell.

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:04pm

A heliacal rising or an alignment of planets? Nigel Henbest explores this enduring mystery.

Follow our guide to spotting one of the best meteor showers of the year
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:27pm

Follow our observing guide to make the most of one of the best meteor showers of the year, and see a host of shooting stars lighting up the winter sky.

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