The UK’s Dark Skies Festival began on 13th February, offering stargazing in the best light – real dark. Our writer spies the heavens in North Yorkshire
The competition, which is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is now in its seventh year and continues to go from strength to strength, receiving a record number of over 2700 spectacular entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers from over 60 countries spanning the globe.
Scientists searching for an explanation for an unusually cool area of sky instead discovered a supervoid: an empty spherical blob 1.8 billion light years across
The Hubble telescope was launched in April 1990. Ever since, it has been providing astronomers with breathtaking images of the cosmos
Scientists name new ‘object’ SDSS J0100+2802 and say it is 12.8bn light years from Earth and was formed just 900m years after the Big Bang – this is a big story
This month’s showcase for photography commissioned by the Observer, features portraits of Sienna Miller, Stewart Lee, Laura Marling and Marilyn Manson. Look out for pictures of fast-food outlets in Wigan and Brixton and for Chelsea hero Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge.