History-making black hole seen to do a shimmy

Scientists trace a wobble in the brightness around M87* - the first black hole ever to be imaged.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: astrophysics astronomy space-exploration black-holes

Is there life floating in the clouds of Venus?

Telescope observations spy a gas high in the atmosphere of Venus that on Earth is made by microbes.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy planets space-exploration extraterrestrial-life

Vera Rubin: Super telescope's giant camera spies broccoli

The camera detector for the Vera Rubin Observatory takes its first test images in the laboratory.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy space-exploration spacex communications-satellites

Katie Mack: 'Knowing how the universe will end is freeing'

Astrophysicist Katie Mack has been researching The End of Everything.

By Kameron Virk • bbcnews
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astrophysics astronomy cosmology life stephen-hawking

Solar Orbiter: Sun probe's first images reveal small 'camp fires'

Solar Orbiter takes the closest ever pictures of the Sun, just 77 million km from the surface.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: astronomy space-exploration the-sun european-space-agency

Cosmic expansion tribes entrench positions

A telescope high in the Atacama Desert in Chile enters the debate about the age of the Universe.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics astronomy space-exploration hubble-telescope the-universe

Nuclear blast sends star hurtling across galaxy

A star has been sent hurtling across the galaxy after undergoing a partial supernova, astronomers say.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space astronomy hubble-telescope

Core of a gas planet seen for the first time

Astronomers have found a previously unseen type of object circling a distant star.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
July 1, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: astronomy tess-telescope

Mystery over monster star's vanishing act

A huge star has disappeared - did it become a black hole?

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
June 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space astronomy stars chile

Betelgeuse: Nearby supergiant star's dimming explained

Astronomers say big cool patches on the Betelgeuse star likely drove its surprise dimming last year.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
June 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: astrophysics space astronomy stars

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