Astronomy - New Planet


New Planet Discovered In Our Solar System

The California Institute of Technology researchers say they have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object is said to have a mass about 10 times that of Earth it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun. This is based on a prediction following observations of objects moving in the Kuiper belt.


NASA Juno spacecraft broke the record for the most distant solar-powered craft

The milestone occurred at 11 a.m.. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, when Juno was about 493 million miles from the sun.


Five planets appear for rare cosmic viewings

Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will be visible in the early morning sky from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, looking South.


Signs of second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers using a 45-meter radio telescope have detected signs of an invisible black hole with a mass of 100,000 times the mass of the Sun around the centre of the Milky Way.


Stephen Hawking - Reith Lectures

Do Black Holes have hair Radio 4 on 24th Nov basic facts about Black Holes

Black Holes ain’t as black as they are painted Radio 4 on 1st Dec expands on nature of Black Holes

Both available as podcasts BBC i-player with video clips and download transcripts.


New evidence that moon formed by head on collision with the Earth 100 million years after Earth formed. German scientist analyzed moon rock samples chemical signature in oxygen atoms same as Earth.

Hubble space telescope finds high velocity gas cloud called Smith Cloud circling the Galaxy.

Antarctic fungi survives 18 months on International Space Station in conditions similar to Mars

Data from New Horizon spacecraft points to more water ice on Pluto’s surface than previous thought.

30th anniversary of Challenger Space Shuttle disaster on 28th January 1986.

Unusual silica formations observe red by Spirit rover on Mars, tiny nodules witch look like heads of cauliflower may have been formed by microbes.   

Rogue planet moving through space now found to be orbiting 600 billion miles parent star.

Plants being grown on the International Space Station producing seed to be grown on earth involving school children in the experiment.