UK Astronomy

NASA's Cassini Probe Snaps A Spectacular Shot Of Earth In Between Saturn's Rings

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech

Before NASA’s Cassini probe began its final few orbits of Saturn on Sunday, it returned a photo of Earth in between the gas giant’s iconic rings. ...

Planets With Two Suns Could Support The Conditions For Life

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Tech

Double rainbows and double sunsets are among the spectacular features that would welcome a visitor to a planet with two suns. Now NASA has offered ano...

The Pink Moon Isn't Called Pink For The Reason You Might Suspect

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Tech

The Pink Moon is one of astronomy’s biggest misnomers. Tonight’s full moon (11 April) will be spectacular, but it won’t be pink. The first full ...

This Is The Dramatic Moment When Two Young Stars Collided Into Each Other

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech

Everything about space is huge. From neutron stars so powerful that their gravity could distort every atom in your body to galactic collisions so grea...

Scientists Discover An Earth-Like Planet With An Atmosphere For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Tech

The discovery of an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet has raised hopes that worlds beyond our solar system could support life. While GJ 1132b is ...

Scientists Suggest That 68% Of The Universe Doesn't Exist

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Tech

The cause of the universe’s accelerated expansion is one of the most hotly contested topics in modern physics. Many scientists believe that dark ene...

Astronomers Have Witnessed A Mysterious Cataclysmic Event From 10 Billion Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 01.04.2017 | UK Tech

A mysterious flash of X-rays captured in the deepest X-ray image ever taken has baffled astronomers. The ultra-bright burst is believed to have origin...

Scientists Discover The First Ever Backwards Asteroid That Shares An Orbit With A Planet

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered an asteroid that flies around the sun in the same orbit as a planet, but in the opposite direction. Asteroid 2015 BZ509 mir...

Architects Designed A Skyscraper That Hangs From An Orbiting Asteroid

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Tech

Why build skyscrapers from the ground up when you can hang them off asteroids and fly them around the Earth? That’s the logic behind a bonkers new c...

The Surface Of Saturn's Moon Titan Is Like Something Out Of A Science Fiction Novel

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Tech

‘Electric sands’ could be the answer to why Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is capable of forming 300-feet high sand dunes that face against the d...

This Incredible Video Of Mars Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Before

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Tech

As the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flies over Mars, its HiRISE camera captures high-resolution photos of the planet’s rugged surface. Tens of thousa...

Astronomers To Peer Into A Black Hole For The First Time With New Event Horizon Telescope

The Conversation UK | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Perhaps part of the allure is that these enigmatic objects have never actually been "seen". But this could now be about to change as an international team of astronomers is connecting a number of telescopes on Earth in the hope of making the first ever image of a black hole.

Mysterious Radio Bursts Could Be Evidence Of Alien Spaceships

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Tech

Fast radio bursts are among the most mysterious phenomena in the universe and have baffled astronomers for years. Now, researchers at Harvard have sug...

NASA Reveals Stunning New Image Of A Supernova Discovered 30 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Tech

Discovered 30 years ago, Supernova 1987A is one of the brightest exploding stars of the last four centuries. To commemorate its anniversary, NASA has ...

Video Game Players Are Actually Going To Help Us Find New Planets

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Tech

Players of the science fiction game EVE Online are set to get a dose of science fact after developers announced a crowdsourced search for exoplanets. ...

Take A 360-Degree Tour Of The New Planets That Could Be Hosting Life

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Tech

If you are anything like us, the first thing you want to do when new neighbours move in next door, is have a nosey round. So it makes sense that on di...

Dwarf Planet Ceres Has The Key Ingredients For Life

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Tech

Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, boasts the key ingredients for life, a new study has found. It reveals that NASA...

You Can Help NASA Find The Mysterious Ninth Planet In Our Solar System

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Tech

In the depths of our solar system lies a ninth planet ten times the size of Earth – or so goes the theory. Now astronomers at Arizona State Universi...

Scientists Have Discovered A 'Super Earth' In A Nearby Solar System

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Tech

An international group of astronomers have discovered what they’re called a “super-Earth” and it’s not too far from our own solar system. In a...

Astronomers Have Discovered A Nearby Star With All The Building Blocks For Life

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Tech

As complicated as it may now be, life on Earth is derived from just four elements: nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. But the planet hasn’t alwa...

A Beautiful Green Comet Is Going To Light Up The Night Sky Tonight

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Tech

Stargazers in the UK will tonight be treated to something rather special. Appearing in the night sky will be Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova a stunn...

See Jupiter Like Never Before With This Stunning Photo Of Its Underbelly

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech

As it orbits Jupiter, NASA’s Juno probe harvests data about the gas giant’s composition, atmosphere and gravity field. But the craft also provides...

How To Watch The Lunar Eclipse, Snow Moon And New Year Comet On The Same Day

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Tech

For fans of the night sky, it’s set to be a spectacular display. On Friday (10 Feb), a lunar eclipse, New Year comet and Snow Moon will coincide, pr...

This Mysterious Pulsar Is The Size Of Earth But 200,000 Times Heavier

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech

It’s not often that scientists discover something that has never been seen before, so when it does happen it’s a rather special event. Well scient...

Incredible Video Shows Planets Orbiting A Star 129-Light Years Away

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Tech

An incredible new video shows direct images of four alien exoplanets orbiting a star. The stunning animation was created by University of California, ...