Astronomy News

Wed May 08, 2019 10:22am

In 1919 two astronomers set out on an expedition to prove Einstein's new general theory of relativity by observing a total solar eclipse.

The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux is marking its involvement with this historic astronomical endeavour with a series of events celebrating one of the turning points in our understanding of the Universe.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:20pm


This episode the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team discuss the recent image of a supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy and the Japanese Hayabusa2 asteroid sample mission.

Plus, we speak to The Sky at Night’s Lucie Green about the science of the solar cycle.

Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:14pm

Mars shows no signs of methane, but plenty of water, according to the latest data from the European Space Agency's orbiting spacecraft.

Global telescope array makes groundbreaking achievement
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:39am

Telescopes around the world have combined their seeing power to achieve an cosmic first: a direct image of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy.

Govert Schilling gives his take on one of astronomy's biggest accomplishments.

Supermassive black hole imaged in galaxy 55 million lightyears away
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:33pm

Scientists using the Event Horizon Telescope have captured an image of a supermassive black hole for the first time.

The fragment appears to be the remains of an exoplanet’s core
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:44pm

A fragment of an exoplanet's core has been discovered around a white dwarf. It appears to be the remains of a planet's core that was forn apart during the star's death throes. 

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:38pm


In the April episode of Radio Astronomy, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine crew look at the effects of light pollution, talk about the trials and tribulations of the Mars rovers and delve deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:50pm


In the latest episode of Radio Astronomy, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team discuss the latest theories about Planet 9 with physicist Antranik Sefilian, plus there’s chat about aurora hunting and the achievements of Apollo 9.


Science lineup announced for the 2019 Jodrell Bank festival
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:48am

The bluedot festival 2019's science programme will mark 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moonlanding, with a lineup headed by the UK's first astronaut Helen Sharman.

Martian explorer loses contact with Earth after 15 years of discovery
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:37am

After nearly 15 year exploring Mars, NASA has called time on its Opportunity rover mission.

Low-cost tech is making Earth orbit ever-more accessible for commercial companie
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:04pm

A new 3D engine could usher in a new era of rocket building. The engine is lighter, more efficent and free of joins and welds that have been weak points on previous rocket engines.

Written by Jane Williamson

Being weightless could affect how astronauts make decisions
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:19pm

A new study has found the decision making of astronauts might be affected by being in zero gravity. Psychologists asked volunteers to perform a decision based task, and found that when volunteers were subjected to simulated weightlessness, their performance was markedly different to when they were on 'Earth'.

Take part in our week-long campaign and get to know the night sky
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:11pm

Sign up to Back Garden Astronomy Week and take part in BBC Sky at Night Magazine's new stargazing campaign.

The space rock was found using off-the-shelf telescopes
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:49pm

A planetary body has been found that bridges the gap between the dust of the primordial Solar System and the planets we see today.

Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:23pm

Curiosity accidentally recreated an experiment first performed by Apollo 17, finding that Mount Sharp is not as dense as previously thought. The finding throws uncertainty on how the mountain was created. 

Listen to the latest podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:22pm


In the latest episode of Radio Astronomy, the BBC Sky at Night Magazine team look at the recent Chinese lunar mission Chang’e 4, discuss the New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule and wonder why a black hole isn’t as strong as a fridge magnet.

Plus, they speak to Martin Harwit, astrophysicist and author of Cosmic Discovery, about how some of the most important astronomical discoveries were made.

The science and music festival returns to Jodrell Bank for summer 2019
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:34am

The Bluedot science and music festival returns this summer to Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, and the first details of 2019's speakers and acts have been announced.

More mundane reasons could be behind strange orbits in the outer Solar System
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:40pm

Something is altering the orbits of objects on the outskirts of our Solar System.

The existing theory is that a ninth planet could be shepherding these objects into their strange orbits, but a new idea states it could simply be the cumulative gravity of all objects beyond Neptune creating the wonky worlds.

Cassini spied the first rainfall in the moon’s north, heralding in summer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:17pm

Recently discovered rainfall has heralded the start of summer in the northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon, Titan.

Climate scientists have been on the look out for clouds in Cassini images of the moon's north, but failed to find any.

Instead, it was the reflection from a recent rainfall that indicated arrival of the summer season.

Royal Observatory's Tom Kerss reveals how to capture a nightscape
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:53pm

With entries now open for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Tom Kerss reveals his tips for capturing a magnificent nightscape.

As told to Lorin R Robinson.

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