Astronomy & Space news

Watching how planets form

With the VISIR instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have mapped the disc around a star more massive than the Sun. The very extended and flared disc most likely contains enough gas and dust ...

Sep 28, 2006 3.4 / 5 (53) 0

Lunar Dust Buster

Ever get a fragile item packed in a box filled with Styrofoam peanuts? Plunge your hands into the foam peanuts to search for the item, and when you pull it out foam peanuts are clinging to your arms. Try to ...

Apr 20, 2006 4.7 / 5 (38) 0

New Icy 'Super-Earth' Planet Found

An international collaboration of astronomers has discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting in the cold outer regions of a distant solar system about 9,000 light-years away. The planet weighs 13 times as much as ...

Mar 14, 2006 4.2 / 5 (43) 0

Dark energy is real, say astronomers

(Phys.org)—Dark energy, a mysterious substance thought to be speeding up the expansion of the Universe is really there, according to a team of astronomers at the University of Portsmouth and LMU University ...

Sep 12, 2012 4.3 / 5 (42) 144 | with audio podcast