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Pluto may sport clouds of poisonous acid and flammable gases

Astronomy News - 21 October 2016 - 8:48am

Wispy features spotted just above the dwarf planet’s surface might be clouds – and they seem to be made of nasty stuff

Mystery cosmic objects light up in X-ray then go dim in an hour

Astronomy News - 21 October 2016 - 8:47am

Digging through old observations of galaxies, astronomers have discovered X-ray flares from objects they can’t yet identify

Uranus might have two dark moons we’ve never seen before

Astronomy News - 21 October 2016 - 8:47am
Newly detected wavy patterns in two of the planet’s rings suggest they are being warped by two small, unseen satellites

Toddler stars’ baby fat kicks out almost all their exoplanets

Astronomy News - 19 October 2016 - 8:19am

The Kepler space telescope has found more singleton planets than expected. A new explanation blames young stars for tossing planets out in a tantrum

Space is full of gigantic holes that are bigger than we expected

Astronomy News - 19 October 2016 - 8:18am

The universe is full of eerie, empty voids that are bigger than we ever expected – and could help unravel the cosmos's deepest mysteries

What is ExoMars and what is it doing?

Astronomy News - 19 October 2016 - 8:16am

BBC science reporter Victoria Gill explains what the European mission to Mars is hoping to find out.

ExoMars spacecraft splits in two to explore Mars surface and air

Astronomy News - 18 October 2016 - 8:30am

It’s crunch time for the ExoMars mission, as its orbiter and lander spring into action ahead of Wednesday’s landing

Uranus might have two dark moons we’ve never seen before

Astronomy News - 17 October 2016 - 9:11am

Newly detected wavy patterns in two of the planet’s rings suggest they are being warped by two small, unseen satellites  

Proxima b’s hyperactive star is more sun-like than thought

Astronomy News - 17 October 2016 - 9:11am

The star hosting the nearest exoplanet has a multi-year activity cycle, much like the sun – but its powerful maximum could prove deadly

European Schiaparelli probe on target for Mars landing

Astronomy News - 17 October 2016 - 9:06am

Europe’s Schiaparelli spacecraft is ejected by its “mothership” and is now on a direct course to try to land on Mars on Wednesday.