Astronomy

  • Earth hit by 17 meteors a day

    TUS conference talks about the when and the where.

    Every year, the Earth is hit by about 6100 meteors large enough to reach the ground, or about 17 every day, research ...

    Astronomy May 2, 2019
  • Sunset on Mars

    InSight captures the end of the day, 55 million kilometres away.

    The daily dying of the light on Mars.NASA/JPL-CaltechIn late April, the NASA InSight Lander took a break from its thu...

    Astronomy May 2, 2019
  • Black hole shoots plasma every which way

    Astronomers record some ‘extraordinary’ behaviour.

    Astronomers have revealed the bizarre behaviour of a black hole known as V404 Cygni, located some 8000 light-years fr...

    Astronomy April 29, 2019
  • Take that, Ryugu!

    Small hole on an asteroid; giant smack for humankind.

    Humanity has passed a small, but highly symbolic, milestone: the world just made its first ever crater off the planet...

    Astronomy April 29, 2019
  • Galaxy containing first black hole pic revealed

    NASA orbiter captures black hole spewing particle jets.

    An image from NASA’s Spitzer Telescope has put the first-ever direct picture of a black hole, taken by the Event Hori...

    Astronomy April 26, 2019
  • InSight detects first clear marsquake

    Instrument confirms Mars is seismically active.

    NASA investigators think that the Mars InSight Lander has recorded a seismic event, or “marsquake”. The likely qua...

    Astronomy April 24, 2019
  • Is an asteroid going to kill you

    With 20,000 space rocks around, it’s a tricky task.

    Take a moment to picture the apocalypse. There’s a good chance your mind might have conjured up an image of an enorm...

    Astronomy April 23, 2019
  • Close up with a comet

    67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko images placed online.

    This is a picture of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by a camera system known as OSIRIS on board the Europ...

    Astronomy April 22, 2019
  • The place where stars are formed

    First image of a distant but important part of the Milky Way.

    This is an area of the Milky Way known as CTB 102, about 14,000 light-years from Earth. The area is classified as an...

    Astronomy April 17, 2019
  • Cassini data sheds light on Titan’s lakes

    Liquid hydrocarbons on Saturn’s moon formed differently.

    The liquid lakes near the north pole of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, look smaller than they are, data recorded in 20...

    Astronomy April 16, 2019
  • Snapshot

    Time to gear up for a meteor shower

    Dust from Halley’s comet will light up the sky later this month.

    Sky-watchers are in for a visual feast during second half of April and most of May, when the annual Eta Aquariid mete...

    Astronomy April 14, 2019
  • The doughnut around a black hole

    Critical part of ‘unified model’ confirmed.

    The blue-to-green approximate oval in the centre of this image is a phenomenon long theorised but never before direct...

    Space April 4, 2019
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