Astronomy Articles

08 December 2016

Across Europe, some 10 000 antennas stand to attention: they are in a sense an incredibly powerful time machine.

17 November 2016

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s biggest particle smasher, stands a good chance of discovering the elusive...

15 September 2016

The world’s first alien life form containment facility is under discussion in Europe as ESA looks at ways to bring a...

17 March 2016

European researchers are helping humans get to Mars by developing faster engines, solar forecasts and better shielding.

10 December 2015

Galaxies aren’t as massive as computer simulations suggested they should be – and now scientists have one explanation...

03 December 2015

100 years ago, Einstein's theory of general relativity changed the world. Before that though, came special...

25 May 2012

Meteorites on the open market routinely fetch a higher price than the equivalent weight of gold. But how does this...

21 November 2010

A massive star ends its life with a BANG – a supernova - seen on Earth as bursts of energy in the form of light,...

19 January 2009

Physics is full of surprises, but none so great as the discovery that 95% of the mass of the Universe is invisible to...

24 May 2008

Recent Mars missions have produced compelling evidence for what was once a wet world, where life could well have...

21 February 2008

When the clipper ship Southern Cross sailed into a living hell off Chile during the night of 2 September 1859, little...

01 February 2008

Scientists recently spotted a planet being born. It's just formed and is still enshrouded within the disk of dust...

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03 June 2007

What is a thunderstorm, how is lightning generated by clouds, how much energy is there in a lightning bolt, and could...

21 March 2007

Imagine we had discovered another world, slightly smaller than our own, with rain clouds, rivers and lakes on gently...

11 January 2006

The Hubble Space Telescope has been sending us back incredible pictures of the cosmos. How have recent policy changes...