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

  • Legacy of Herschel Space Observatory
    To celebrate the legacy of ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which had significant NASA contributions, the European Space Agency (ESA) has designated this week as Herschel Week, highlighting some of the mission's accomplishments.
  • What's Next For NASA?
    What's next? New missions to Mars, Europa and the Sun, understanding our universe, expanding deep space human exploration, studying our home planet, improving aeronautics and developing new technology

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  • Waves on Sun Give New Insight into Space Weather Forecasting

    STEREO and SDO observations of the solar poles reveal large scale waves that could help us predict the locations of future solar active regions.

  • NASA's Fermi Sees Gamma Rays from 'Hidden' Solar Flares with help from STEREO

    An international science team says NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has observed high-energy light from solar eruptions located on the far side of the sun, which should block direct light from these events. This apparent paradox is providing solar scientists with a unique tool for exploring how charged particles are accelerated to nearly the speed of light and move across the sun during solar flares. Thanks to the STEREO spacecraft, which were monitoring the solar far side when the eruptions occurred, the Fermi events mark the first time scientists have direct imaging of beyond-the-limb solar flares associated with high-energy gamma rays.

European Southern Observatory

  • Ageing Star Blows Off Smoky Bubble
    Astronomers have used ALMA to capture a strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve during the later stages of their life-cycles.
  • Inferno World with Titanium Skies
    Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have detected titanium oxide in an exoplanet atmosphere for the first time. This discovery around the hot-Jupiter planet WASP-19b exploited the power of the FORS2 instrument. It provides unique information about the chemical composition and the temperature and pressure structure of the atmosphere of this unusual and very hot world. The results appear today in the journal Nature.