SpaceWatch: spiral arms and space junk
News of space exploration, astrophysics and astronomy.
Mars is space flavour of the month, with three spacecraft on their way and suggestions of a possible icy past, but th...
When Mars was like Canada
Analysis suggests early landscape was icy, not warm.
Ancient river channels on Mars may have formed beneath thick ice sheets, scientists say. It’s an important find, b...
A strange and ancient globular cluster
Scientists find remnants of the ‘last of its kind’.
Astronomers have discovered a “shredded globular cluster” – the remnants of a collection of stars torn apart by the M...
Summer on Saturn and an icy pole
Hubble and Juno send us more arresting images.
Sometimes all you need for a great photo is an interesting subject. Here we present two such examples. Above is a ...
Tracing the origin of oddball meteorites
It’s complex, multi-layered and quite magnetic.
The earliest objects in the Solar System may have been more complex than scientists have assumed. New research sug...
Giant exoplanets and a huge magnetic field
Two new images from space inform and intrigue.
Here are two more images from space that have astronomers pretty excited. Above is a radio/optical composite image...
Volcanoes are still active on Venus
New 3D model shows the planet is churning inside.
For decades, scientists thought the planet Venus was geologically dead. But it turns out it still has plenty of life:...
SpaceWatch: Black holes, comets and key dates
News of astronomy, astrophysics and space exploration.
The release of the closest-ever images of the Sun understandably grabbed the headlines this week (you can read Richar...
Campfires on the Sun
New up-close images reveal some remarkable features.
Scientists studying the first images returned from a new European Space Agency spacecraft have found a remarkable arr...
Fast work captures fleeting SGRB
It left the most distant optical afterglow ever detected.
Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the second-most distant well-established short gamma-ray burst (SGRB) eve...
Five years since New Horizons saw Pluto
Here are 10 things NASA says we’ve learned from that.
It’s exactly five years since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft gave us a close-up view of Pluto, after a 10-year, 4.8-b...
Can AI predict future of planetary systems?
SPOCK algorithm does a year’s work in just minutes.
As the number of known exoplanets mounts to more than 4000, astronomers are finding that more and more lie in full-fl...