Astronomy

Cassini Sends Back Beautiful Global Maps of Saturn's Moons

Cassini has spent ten years collecting data and images in an effort to comprehensively map Saturn's six major icy moons, and the...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 4:26PM

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Successfully Takes Flight

NASA's groundbreaking Orion spacecraft was launched successfully this morning in its first test flight. It was originally scheduled to...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 05 December 2014 - 8:17AM

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Is On Pluto's Doorstep, Will Awaken on Saturday

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is approaching Pluto, after a historic mission in which it traveled over three billion miles from Earth...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 - 10:55AM

Listen to Rosetta's Philae Lander Clunk Down on a Comet for the First Time

Trusty (but not particularly graceful) Philae managed to send back a recording of its historic landing on a comet before it went into...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 11:47AM

Philae Lander Goes to Sleep, Possibly Forever

After a groundbreaking 10-year mission, Rosetta's Philae Lander has powered down, possibly for good. Philae was the first spacecraft...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 17 November 2014 - 9:49AM

Time Is Running Out for Lost Philae Lander

Rosetta's Philae lander touched down on a comet for the first time on Wednesday to collective cheers around the world. While the...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 14 November 2014 - 10:28AM

Rosetta's Philae Lander Sends Back the First Picture of the Surface of a Comet

Yesterday, Rosetta's Philae lander made history when it became the first spacecraft to touch down directly on a comet. There were some...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 13 November 2014 - 10:41AM

Watch the Rosetta Space Probe's Historical Comet Landing Live

Today, the Rosetta Philae lander is set to land on a comet for the first time ever. If the mission is a success, then scientists from...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 9:42AM

India's Mars Orbiter Mission Captures Beautiful Image of the Solar System's Biggest Volcano

India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has been broadcasting some truly breathtaking views of our planetary neighbor in recent weeks, but...

Kieran Dickson
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 12:25PM

Partial Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible Across Much of North America This Week

If the skies seem a little darker on Thursday October 23rd, don't panic. Skywatchers across most of the United States and Canada will...

Kieran Dickson
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 3:09PM

Mars Rovers, Astronomers Photograph Rare Close Encounter Between Mars and Comet Siding Spring

It's more than 4.5 billion years old and it only comes into view roughly once every one million years, so it's safe to say this...

Kieran Dickson
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 9:57AM

NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman is the King of Social Media in Space, Here's Why

In many ways, Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield changed the way in which we interact with the intrepid souls who inhabit the...

Kieran Dickson
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 9:56AM

Best Pictures of the October 2014 Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse from Around the World

Skygazers could see the "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse once again early this morning, starting at about 6:25 am and lasting until about...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 - 10:02AM

Blood Moon Part 2 - Your Viewing Guide To Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

This year has been a veritable feast for skywatchers. We've already had a Supermoon, a Mars Opposition and a Blood Moon, and now 2014...

Kieran Dickson
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 - 12:05PM

Cassini Captures Photos of Magic Island on Saturn's Moon Titan

The Cassini spacecraft has taken more photos of a feature in Titan's sea that has baffled scientists for over a year now.   The...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 - 2:54PM

NASA's SWIFT Satellite Detects Massive Superflare Coming From A Tiny Star

A binary system of red dwarf stars known as DG Canum Venaticorum, or DG CVn, has shocked astronomers after NASA's Swift satellite...

Kieran Dickson
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 3:04PM

NASA's Curiosity Rover Spots A Strange Ball On Mars

Is NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover getting swept away with Ryder Cup fever? The $2.5bn rover has just snapped a photo of what appears to...

Kieran Dickson
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 12:04PM

India Gets Its Shot At History Tonight As Their Mangalyaan Spacecraft Approaches Mars

For the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the events of the next 24 hours will arguably be the biggest in their 52 year...

Kieran Dickson
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 12:21PM

NASA Spacecraft MAVEN Is Now Orbiting Mars

NASA probe MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) is now orbiting Mars. MAVEN, which successfully entered Mars's atmosphere...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 22 September 2014 - 9:46AM

2014 Winners Announced for Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards

The winners of the annual contest for astronomy photography, held by the Royal Observatory, have been announced. They received a...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 12:49PM