Astronomy News

On this page we bring you a round up of the latest news and information using data feeds direct from the some of the major websites in the world of Astronomy and Astrophotography.

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NASA Universe

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ESA Space

  • Fracture swarms on Mars

    These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity.

  • Herschel discovers galaxy merger in the very early Universe

    What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old.

Sky and Telescope

 

Stereo

  • Return of the Comet: 96P Spotted by ESA, NASA Satellites

    Sun-gazing missions SOHO and STEREO watched the return of comet 96P/Machholz when it entered their fields of view between Oct. 25-30. It is extremely rare for comets to be seen simultaneously from two different locations in space, and these are the most comprehensive parallel observations ever taken of this comet.

  • Comet 96P/Machholz

    The STEREO and SOHO Teams are gearing up for a planned visit by one of our favorite celestial wanderers! The comet 96P/Machholz should be in the STEREO field of view October 26-28. SOHO will be seeing it at the same time, giving us simultaneous views of 96P from two different locations in space!

European Southern Observatory

  • ESO Observations Show First Interstellar Asteroid is Like Nothing Seen Before
    For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017.
  • Closest Temperate World Orbiting Quiet Star Discovered
    A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO’s unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope, which will be able to search for biomarkers in the planet's atmosphere.