Astronomy

The Week Unwrapped: Kushner, puberty and a telescopic loss
Senior Trump advisor Jared Kushner
In Review

The Week Unwrapped: Kushner, puberty and a telescopic loss

What is Jared Kushner up to? How will a new court ruling affect young trans people? And why was a great telescope left to rot?
4 Dec 2020
Dead candidate wins election in North Dakota
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In Brief

Dead candidate wins election in North Dakota

And other stories from the stranger side of life
5 Nov 2020
Pet parrot saves man from house fire
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In Brief

Pet parrot saves man from house fire

And other stories from the stranger side of life
4 Nov 2020
Life on Venus? What we know so far
Venus
In Depth

Life on Venus? What we know so far

Astronomers announce ‘mind-boggling’ discovery of ‘biosignature’ gas phosphine in clouds above the planet
15 Sep 2020
Solar Orbiter: a look ahead at ‘golden decade’ for physics
The Sun
In Depth

Solar Orbiter: a look ahead at ‘golden decade’ for physics

European Space Agency mission to study Sun’s polar regions launches in Florida
10 Feb 2020
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 - gallery
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 winners
In Review

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 - gallery

Lunar winner Laszlo Francsics lands £10,000 prize
16 Sep 2019
K2-18 b: distant planet is the ‘best candidate for life’
K2-18b, Planet, star, Nasa
In Depth

K2-18 b: distant planet is the ‘best candidate for life’

Scientists discover water vapour on ‘potentially habitable’ exoplanet
12 Sep 2019

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What is the God of Chaos asteroid?
Apophis Nasa asteroid
In Depth

What is the God of Chaos asteroid?

Nasa investigating impact scenarios for massive space rock set to pass ten times closer to Earth than our moon
3 May 2019
How and when will the Sun die?
Venus passes in front of the sun
In Depth

How and when will the Sun die?

Climate change is a very real threat but a more certain end lies in store for humanity
26 Apr 2019
What is a marsquake?
The lake is trapped under the planet’s southern polar cap
In Depth

What is a marsquake?

First recorded seismological tremor on another planet offers clues about how planetary bodies form
24 Apr 2019
How to see the super snow moon tonight
the moon
In Brief

How to see the super snow moon tonight

Biggest and brighter supermoon of 2019 set to light up the sky
19 Feb 2019
What fast-moving magnetic north pole means for the world
Compass
In Depth

What fast-moving magnetic north pole means for the world

Scientists say the pole is shifting towards Russia at rate of around 34 miles a year
5 Feb 2019
Why three times more asteroids are hitting Earth
Earth
In Brief

Why three times more asteroids are hitting Earth

New study shows frequency of impacts jumped just before the dinosaur age
18 Jan 2019
What was UFO seen off the Irish coast?
UFO
In Depth

What was UFO seen off the Irish coast?

BA and Virgin pilots report spotting bright lights that disappeared at high speed
13 Nov 2018
Blood moon: what it is and where to see it
Blood moon, eclipse, moon, turkey
In Depth

Blood moon: what it is and where to see it

The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in UK skies tonight
27 Jul 2018
Seeing stars in Arizona
Stargazing near Phoenix
In Review

Seeing stars in Arizona

The southwestern state's unlit skies are a boon for amateur astronomers
5 Feb 2018
Millions await first US total eclipse in a century
Solar Eclipse
In Depth

Millions await first US total eclipse in a century

Eclipse-chasers primed for 'most- watched' solar eclipse in history
21 Aug 2017
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist
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In Depth

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist

More than 3,800 entries capture sights from across the universe
2 Aug 2017
Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula on the history of time
DRPCTE Interacting Spiral Galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163
In Depth

Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula on the history of time

The astronomer explains how studying galaxies helps us understand time, and how we’re all time travellers already, relatively speaking
29 Jun 2016
Think you know your star sign? Most likely, you don't
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In Brief

Think you know your star sign? Most likely, you don't

Thanks to a phenomenon that has altered the position of the constellations we see today, most of us have the wrong horoscope
27 May 2016
Have astronomers identified 'sweet spot' for alien life?
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In Brief

Have astronomers identified 'sweet spot' for alien life?

Experts suggest star clumps could harbour networks of civilisations
7 Jan 2016
Double moon 27 August: hoax returns to fool Facebook again
Full moon over Albert Bridge
In Brief

Double moon 27 August: hoax returns to fool Facebook again

A rumour is doing the rounds that there will be a 'spectacular double moon' in the sky in late August but astronomers say it's all nonsense
24 Jul 2015
Venus and Jupiter: how can I see the 'Star of Bethlehem'?
Star of Bethlehem Event
In Brief

Venus and Jupiter: how can I see the 'Star of Bethlehem'?

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will 'lift our attention away from our own little world into the enormous things beyond'
1 Jul 2015
PHEW: Asteroid will miss Earth, Nasa says
Asteroid
In Depth

PHEW: Asteroid will miss Earth, Nasa says

Don't panic: the asteroid will miss us by a comfortable 745,000 miles – but nothing will get closer until 2027
26 Jan 2015
ALIEN EARTH: What is planet Kepler 438b like?
Planetary system of Gliese 581
In Depth

ALIEN EARTH: What is planet Kepler 438b like?

Newly discovered planet is 40 per cent hotter than Earth – but sits in the 'Goldilocks zone' with liquid water
7 Jan 2015
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