Here you can read the latest Space Scoop, our astronomy news service for children aged 8 and above. The idea behind Space Scoop is to change the way science is often perceived by young children, as outdated and dull subjects. By sharing exciting new astronomical discoveries with them, we inspire children to develop an interest in science and technology. Space Scoop makes a wonderful tool that can be used in the classroom to teach and discuss the latest astronomy news.
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Death by Spaghettification
12 October 2020: Spaghetti in space? Not quite!
Help! I’m Trapped!
1 October 2020: Imagine being trapped in an enormous spider web that’s much larger than the Milky Way. What’s even scarier is that at the center of this web is a black hole. This is the haunting reality being faced by a newly-discovered group of galaxies!
Hubble Snaps New Image of Jupiter
17 September 2020: Jupiter is made up of gasses that form cloudy belts that can even be seen with a small telescope. This gas giant is also seen by larger telescopes, like the Hubble Space Telescope, which has captured a beautiful new snapshot of this gas giant!
A Surprise Planetary Companion
16 September 2020: Planets are not found around all stars. In fact, sometimes astronomers find them where we least expect them to be!
Life on Venus?
14 September 2020: Astronomers and the public are all eager to learn if there is life elsewhere in the Universe. Today, an exciting discovery has been announced that suggests there could be signs of life on a nearby neighbour.
A Missing Ingredient
10 September 2020: The Universe is full of unanswered questions. One of the biggest questions astronomers are trying to answer is what is the Universe made of? Astronomers know that the Universe is full of dark matter, but we still don’t fully understand it…
3 September 2020: Imagine a giant dinner plate that could fit our entire solar system. Almost all of the planets would be touching the plate because our solar system is very flat.
But this is not always the case because some systems in the universe are tilted!
New Worlds in Our Own Backyard
18 August 2020: Space is so big that sometimes surprises and new findings can pop up in our own backyard. A team of astronomers have done just that by finding around 100 new worlds known as brown dwarfs!
The Curious Case of Betelgeuse
13 August 2020:
A Giant Mirror Called the Moon
6 August 2020: The Hubble Space Telescope is well known for its beautiful imagery of stars and galaxies throughout the Universe. However, Hubble recently turned its eyes to a target much closer to home... the moon!
4 August 2020: Although there are many planets in the Universe of various sizes, colors and characteristics, some are particularly unusual or unique!
When Stars Wobble
4 August 2020: Using the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), astronomers have found a Saturn-sized planet orbiting a small, cool star. What makes this planet special is not what it is, but how it was found.
30 July 2020: Things in space aren’t always what they seem...Sometimes you have to study a single object in space for a very long time to truly understand what it is!
New findings from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory now hope to have cracked a mystery that has been 33 years in the making!
A Special Family Portrait
22 July 2020: While all images of the cosmos are beautiful and exciting, some are particularly special because they capture something rare or for the very first time.
14 July 2020: Have you ever heard of solar flares? A solar flare is a giant and sudden explosion on the surface of a star, blowing billions of particles into space.
A new telescope in Okayama, Japan observed a superflare on a star in the constellation Leo (the Lion) to better understand how superflares on our Sun can affect technology and life on Earth.
A Mosaic of Fireworks
2 July 2020: When building a puzzle, it’s not until the project is complete that we see the full picture. This is often the case in astronomy too, as astronomers can study the same object with different kinds of light and by using different instruments in order to get the full picture.
Poof! A Massive Disappearance
30 June 2020: Like a magician’s astonishing final magic trick, a giant star has recently disappeared from plain sight!
A Tale of Two Beauties
18 June 2020: The Hubble Space Telescope has captured two new beautiful images of two planetary nebulae. On the left is NGC 6302, which is commonly known as the Butterfly Nebula. On the right is an object that resembles a jewel bug and is formally known as NGC 7027.
A Super View of a Supergiant
16 June 2020: Not only planets like Earth have atmospheres, stars have them too! In order to better understand stellar atmospheres, a team of astronomers has mapped the atmosphere of a supergiant star in the most detail yet.
How to Feed a Galactic Monster
4 June 2020: Almost every galaxy - including our Milky Way - has a giant black hole at its center. These are known as supermassive black holes as they are the largest known type of black holes. Despite the number and size of these black holes, scientists still don't know where they come from or how they form/ A team of researchers has now provided new insights into the formation of supermassive black holes, by adding new ingredients to the black hole’s diet.
3 June 2020: When paleontologists want to study how the earliest forms of life on Earth looked like, they look for fossils in very old rocks. Certain animals and plants are found in certain time periods throughout history. In a similar way, astronomers study galaxies that are very far away to find the earliest stars.
Treacherous Stellar Conditions
1 June 2020: Just like on Earth, stars can experience extreme weather and activity too! But some extreme activity on other bodies in the Universe is so treacherous that it’s hard to imagine. Astronomers using telescopes of the European Southern Observatory have found some peculiar activity in a cluster of small, bright stars.
The Twist Marks the Spot
20 May 2020: Thousands of exoplanets have been found so far, but we still know little about how they are formed. What we do know is that planets are born in dusty discs surrounding young stars. This happens when cold gas and dust clump together. By closely examining this nursery, astronomers now hope to understand how they are born. Astronomers have never observed direct evidence of a baby planet coming into existence within such a disc, until now.
A Stellar Waltz
6 May 2020: In a nearby star system, three objects are conducting a unique dance: two stars are waltzing with a black hole. This is also the closest black hole to Earth that we know of!
Happy Birthday Hubble!
24 April 2020:
20 April 2020: Because space is so big, it is not often that objects in space collide. Although it is even more rare for us to find clues or evidence of these cosmic collisions, a team of astronomers might have done just that!
9 April 2020: Astronomers have observed an extremely powerful and bright object in greater detail than ever before.
A Puzzling Geometry Conundrum
3 April 2020: Imagine standing on the planet Tatooine from Star Wars and seeing two stars in the sky...
Medium Monster, Big Mystery
30 March 2020: When you pick out a new shirt in the store, you must first find your size: small, medium, or large. Did you know that the dark monsters of the Universe, black holes, also come in different sizes?
Another One Bites the Dust
26 March 2020: When baking a cake, ingredients like flour and sugar are crucial for a delicious treat. Likewise, in space, dust is one of the crucial ingredients for making stars!
20 March 2020: When a butterfly experiences metamorphosis, it goes through several stages of change throughout its life: from an egg, to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis cocoon, and finally into a beautiful adult butterfly.
11 March 2020: Sometimes, in the Summer months, we like to complain that the weather is too hot. But imagine living on a planet where it was so hot that the daily temperature could melt metal!
Slime and Space
10 March 2020: The single-cell organism known as slime mould (Physarum polycephalum) builds complex web-like networks in search of food, always finding the best path to its next meal. Similarly, in shaping the Universe, gravity builds a vast cobweb-like structure that ties galaxies and clusters of galaxies together along invisible bridges hundreds of millions of light-years long.
Something From Nothing
5 March 2020: How do the stars and planets appear in the night sky? Where do they come from and what are they made out of?
Most of the stars in the universe are accompanied by planets. These planets are born in rings of dust and gas, called ‘protoplanetary disks’. Even very young stars are surrounded by these disks. Astronomers want to know exactly when these disks start to form, and what they look like.
19 February 2020: A bright star in the night sky has begun to act a little strange and astronomers have taken notice.
Put On Your Sunglasses!
6 February 2020: Although it may look like popcorn, this is in fact the clearest image of the Sun ever taken!
Coming and Going
27 January 2020: When we hear about the possibility of “interstellar visitors” we would normally think of aliens and fast spaceships. It may surprise you to find out that our Solar System has been recently visited by 2 interstellar visitors. Sadly, these were both comets and not alien spaceships.
Black Hole Hide and Seek
20 January 2020: Hide and Seek can be a fun game, but imagine playing it with an invisible black hole that’s not where you expect it should be!
14 January 2020: One of our biggest concerns on Earth today is climate change and its harmful effects on the environment, including pollution of the air and oceans.
For the first time, scientists have spotted the earliest environmental pollution in the Universe.
A Gentle Giant
6 January 2020: Compared to us and anything humans could build on Earth, most objects in space are very big. But some cosmic objects are so big they are even hard to imagine.
What Does a Black Hole Eat for Breakfast?
20 December 2019: We typically eat breakfast cereal, fruit, eggs or toast in the morning. But even the largest objects in the Universe have to feed on something!
16 December 2019: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is particularly true for images of objects in space! Many telescopes can each observe the same planet, star, or galaxy and can each find something new or different!
A Mysterious Planet Nursery
6 December 2019: For a long time we've known that planets form and live around stars. For example, the Sun is the parent star of all the planets in our Solar System. But now, astronomers have found clues that planets may be tougher than we thought and could even have formed in the harshest conditions known in the Universe.
4 December 2019: Much like when we get too warm in the summer months and wish to take off our extra layers of clothes, planets also shed the outer layers of their atmosphere when they get too hot!
Using a large telescope in the Chilean desert, astronomers have found clues of a giant planet that is doing just that!
Cosmic Building Blocks
26 November 2019: You can build some pretty amazing things simply by sticking blocks of Lego together. People have made life-sized lego houses, cities and lego rockets! Just like these impressive Lego structures, humans are built of tiny pieces too. Human building blocks are called organic molecules.
A Cosmic Lens Playing Tricks on the Eye
13 November 2019:
A Growing Family
5 November 2019: A group of scientists have found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn.
A Distant Visitor
31 October 2019: Our solar system is now playing host to a visitor from very far away.
23 October 2019:
An Ancient Trove of Galaxies
10 October 2019:
Is Earth Special?
11 September 2019: In an exciting discovery, water vapour has been found in the atmosphere of a distant planet known as K2-18b.
A Ring in a Shadow
5 September 2019: While they’re not hiding in your closet or under your bed, monsters do exist in space. For the first time, astronomers have captured an image of the boogeymen of the Universe: a black hole.
The Mystery of the Shrinking Storm
8 August 2019: Various regions around the world have experienced extreme weather conditions this year, but nothing quite as extreme as the biggest storm in our Solar System. The gas giant Jupiter is home to the famous Great Red Spot. This giant storm is a mystery to scientists because it is getting smaller and smaller every year.
Handle with Care: Astronomers build an explosive collection
11 July 2019:
The Big Rip is Coming, Look Busy!
1 February 2019:
Tiny Explosions Pack a Mighty Punch
18 January 2019:
The Hubble Space Telescope has an Impressive New Year's Resolution
11 January 2019:
E is for Exoplanets Everywhere!
14 December 2018:
Searching for Buried Secrets on Mars
30 November 2018:
A Wolf in the Fold
24 November 2018:
A Flash in The Night Sky
16 November 2018:
Hot Stuff: Mission to Mercury Blasts Off
9 November 2018:
Meet the Biggest Baby in the Early Universe
28 October 2018:
Titan's Kicking Up Dust
1 October 2018:
Lord of the Rings: The Two Galaxies
23 September 2018:
Clearing the Fog Around Exploding Stars
15 September 2018:
Forecasting Fires from Space
7 September 2018:
Saturn, Super Shields and Solar Storms
30 August 2018:
Colliding Stars Spill Radioactive Waste into the Universe
17 August 2018:
Mystery Solved: Ghost Particles Come From Blazing Galaxies
26 July 2018:
Even Massive Stars Fall Like a Feather
16 July 2018:
Could Life Exist on One of Saturn's Moons?
9 July 2018:
Triplet Planets Found Around Newborn Star
29 June 2018:
Satellites Help Keep our Planet’s Lungs Healthy
15 June 2018:
A Massive Star Mystery
8 June 2018:
Stolen From Another Sun
1 June 2018:
Space Ant Fires Lasers at Earth
25 May 2018:
Machines Learn How to Dodge Asteroids
17 May 2018:
Asteroids’ Distant Cousin Discovered
13 May 2018:
Droids Join the Search for Alien Life
27 April 2018:
Cosmic Magnifying Glass Spots the Furthest Star Ever
17 April 2018:
Beaming with the Light of Millions of Suns
21 March 2018:
How Massive is Supermassive?
4 March 2018:
Sunspots or Beauty Spots: The Sun’s More Attractive Than Ever!
23 February 2018:
Dancing with the Stars
3 February 2018:
Into the Comet Storm
21 January 2018:
Black Hole Spin Turns-up the Radio
14 January 2018:
Gravity: The Force Awakens
25 December 2017:
They Grow Up So Fast: Stellar Growth Spurts
18 December 2017:
Flashing Lights in Jupiter’s Sky
1 December 2017:
Our Nearest Star is Looking More and More Familiar
17 November 2017:
The Star That Would Not Die
10 November 2017:
The Hidden Sites for our Future Home on the Moon
2 November 2017:
Our Space Senses are Tingling
16 October 2017:
One Comet, Twin Asteroids, or Both?
13 October 2017:
Alien Planets Could Look Just Like Home
4 October 2017:
Photographer Showdown: Astronauts vs Satellites
19 September 2017:
Pitch-Black Planet Gobbles Up Light
15 September 2017:
The Tail of the Disappearing Comet
31 August 2017:
Which Will Slow First: a Star or a Fidget Spinner?
18 August 2017: