Institute of Astronomy

Astronomy News

Eighth Call for PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program

12 July 2017 - 9:29am
The Royal Observatory of Belgium invites research proposals from potential Guest Investigators for the analysis of data from PROBA2's two solar observation instruments, SWAP and LYRA. Early-career post-docs and PhD students are particularly invited to apply, although proposals from more senior Guest Investigators are also encouraged. Proposals in response to this Call must be received by 24 September 2017, 23:59 CEST (21:59 UTC).

Galaxy Zoo: Citizen science trailblazer marks tenth birthday

12 July 2017 - 9:28am

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing

7 July 2017 - 9:19am

ESA's Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year.

Mercury mission: BepiColombo gets ready to launch

7 July 2017 - 9:18am

A mission to Mercury is getting closer to the launch pad.

Pulsars still dazzle after 50 years

6 July 2017 - 9:32am
The Universe’s flash machines have proven their scientific value.

Dazzling Spiral with an Active Heart

6 July 2017 - 9:26am
ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxy’s beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes — but it fails to betray Messier 77’s turbulent nature.

BepiColombo: Joint Mercury mission ready for 'pizza oven'

6 July 2017 - 9:25am

Europe and Japan say their joint space mission is ready to face the inferno of working at Mercury.

UK research chief 'will not direct science'

4 July 2017 - 1:08pm

The new head of UK research has said that he won't centrally direct scientific research.

Our young moon’s supersonic winds made waves in its magma ocean

4 July 2017 - 9:22am

Just after it was formed, the moon’s magma ocean would have steamed out a sodium atmosphere on the hot, Earth-facing side, creating dramatic winds

Protons are lighter than thought, which may solve a big puzzle

4 July 2017 - 9:21am

A new experiment that makes the proton 30 billionths of a per cent lighter than before could help make sense of the glut of matter over antimatter in the cosmos

Demise of dinosaurs opened the doors to the age of tree frogs

4 July 2017 - 9:21am

Frogs leaped to take advantage of the global catastrophe that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago

Ribbiting stuff

4 July 2017 - 9:20am

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Sun’s gravity could power interstellar video streaming

3 July 2017 - 9:17am

Space transmissions could slingshot around the sun for a signal boost, producing data rates fast enough to stream video from interstellar space

Hawking says Trump's climate stance could damage Earth

3 July 2017 - 9:16am

Stephen Hawking warns over Donald Trump's climate policy in a BBC interview marking his 75th birthday.

A fine-tuned universe may be controversial but can’t be ignored

29 June 2017 - 9:15am

The suggestion that our universe has physical laws and constants inexplicably just right for life is in the ascendant. Expect a heated debate, says Geraint Lewis

Planets in other star systems fit a puzzling pattern

29 June 2017 - 9:14am

Data from the Kepler space telescope show that exoplanets tend to be similar in size to their neighbours and regularly spaced, no matter the size of their star

Success of gravity-wave satellite paves way for three-craft mission

29 June 2017 - 9:12am
Technology far exceeded expectations in LISA Pathfinder test.

Gender bias: Citation lag in astronomy

29 June 2017 - 9:10am
Female first authors' work is cited less often.

Astrobiology: Hunting aliens

29 June 2017 - 9:09am
Ramin Skibba enjoys a profile of the woman heading the search for life off Earth.