A barred spiral galaxy, similar to the Milky Way, pictured by the Hubble Space Telescope

How our Milky Way grew after Big Bang

Astronomers have uncovered, for the first time, how our Milky Way galaxy formed and evolved over nearly 14 billion years of the Universe’s life. They were able to reproduce the pattern that allowed this city of hundreds of billions of stars to develop from the moment it began to form after the Big Bang.

The Moon and Venus on show as night falls

You don’t need a telescope to go stargazing!

Many people assume that you need a telescope to get into stargazing, which means you’ve got to be rich to afford one. Well you don’t actually need anything other than your eyes to become an amateur astronomer!

An annotated image taken by Hubble on July 5, 2012

NASA probe alert over Pluto’s new moon

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a fifth satellite of Pluto – a discovery that could have serious ramifications for NASA’s New Horizon mission, currently en route to the dwarf planet.

An image of Jupiter taken by Anthony Wesley on July 8.

Outbursts on Jupiter intrigue astronomers

Amateur astronomers are being urged to look for outbursts on Jupiter after major disturbances were seen erupting in two regions of the giant planet’s northern hemisphere.