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Peak viewing is set to take place between midnight and 5.30am.Read the full story ›
Scientists from the Breakthrough Listen project will spend more than two months searching for signals transmitted by alien civilisations.Read the full story ›
Next week's lunar spectacle will see the Earth's moon appear almost a third brighter and 14 per cent bigger than an average full moon.Read the full story ›
The asteroid was named after the iconic frontman to mark what would have been his 70th birthday.Read the full story ›
A "supermoon" is to light up the night sky alongside this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most dramatic events of the year.Read the full story ›
Citizen astronomers have discovered a seven planet solar system in the 'Kepler field' in a part of space known as KOI-351.
According to a scientific paper, published by Cornell University Library, the system "bears some resemblance to our own solar system, with the inner five planets ranging from Earth to mini-Neptune radii and the outer planets being gas giants".
The Planet Hunters citizen science programme reported the "discovery of 14 new transiting planet candidates in the Kepler field", which were missed by the so-called "Kepler Transit Planet Search (TPS) algorithm".
The programme was set up to allow volunteers to trawl through vast amounts of public data from Nasa's Kepler space telescope.
Astronomers say they have detected the most distant galaxy to date after spotting it through NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The galaxy, which has the code name z8-GND-5296, is made up of stars whose light began travelling to Earth 700 million years after the so-called 'Big Bang'.
Studies have revealed the galaxy is rich in metal, generating a huge number of new stars.
Scientists say the discovery will enable them to study the earliest formation of galaxies and explore how they've evolved throughout the age of the universe.
Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore said tonight he was "staggered" to be celebrating the 55th anniversary of The Sky At Night.
The 89-year-old said he hoped the stargazing series would continue "indefinitely", but that he wished the BBC would schedule it in an earlier time slot.
At a party hosted by BBC director general Mark Thompson, Sir Patrick said: "I'm absolutely staggered. I never thought when I began doing television shows that I'd be on for another year, let alone 55 years.
"I didn't know if I was going to be good enough or if the subject matter would hold up."