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

Europe's small Vega rocket returns to action

After a flight failure in 2019, the Vega rocket executes a flawless deployment of 53 satellites.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space-exploration european-space-agency earth-observation

China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover rockets away from Earth

The Asian country's first surface mission to the Red Planet heads out on a Long March 5 rocket.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: china mars space-exploration

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

'Hope' and ambition drive UAE's Mars mission

The United Arab Emirates is sending a satellite to the Red Planet to study its weather and climate.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: mars space-exploration united-arab-emirates

OneWeb sale to UK-Bharti group gets court approval

A New York court hearing accepts the plan to pull the OneWeb satellite company out of bankruptcy.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space-exploration galileo-project satellite-navigation communications-satellites

Esa and Nasa line up satellites to measure Antarctic sea-ice

Aligning polar satellites will enable the first ever reliable maps of Antarctic sea-ice thickness.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-science antarctic nasa arctic space-exploration oceans european-space-agency earth-observation

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