• Collection |

    On 31 December 2018, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft began to orbit the asteroid (101955) Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid believed to harbour organic molecules and hydrated minerals.

  • Insight |

    Black holes were theoretically established in 1915, shortly after Albert Einstein published his theory of General Relativity. Since then, observations have confirmed black holes as actual astrophysical objects.

    Image: DESY, Science Communication Lab
  • Focus |

    Fast radio bursts are very energetic and so far sporadic radio signals that are of unknown — but probably cosmological — origin. This Nature Astronomy Collection brings together a Perspective (from Duncan Lorimer, the discoverer of FRBs) and a Review Article on the topic, along with comment and discussion on this rapidly moving field.

    Image: CSIRO/Alex Cherney
  • Focus |

    Astronomy has the power to bring about development where it is needed. Establishing groups of professional astronomers, technicians, engineers and other highly trained staff can provide ongoing economic and educational stimulus to a region.

    Image: Lost Horizon Images/ Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy Stock Photo
  • Collection |

    This collection and the corresponding Nature Astronomy focus issue on AGN outflows and feedback bring together newly commissioned content and original scientific research that try to elucidate our current understanding of AGN feedback.

    Image: ESO/M. Kornmesser
  • Collection |

    In January 2017, we published the first issue of Nature Astronomy, a new journal for the astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science communities. In this collection, we showcase some of this content, divided into four broad categories according to topic. We look forward to another exciting year ahead of us.

    Image: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. van Weeren et al.; NCRA/TIFR/GMRT; NAOJ/Subaru. Maurizio Pajola et al. ESA/Rosetta/MPS/OSIRIS MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA ESO/S. Guisard ( FOXSI team (UC Berkeley/NASA/JAXA), JAXA/NAOJ NASA/JPL-Caltech/Robert Hurt
  • Focus |

    The number of PhD graduates in astronomy and planetary science far exceeds the number of available permanent academic or research positions in many countries, meaning that many excellent researchers choose to follow career paths outside of academia. In this Focus Issue, we highlight a range of available careers, both astronomy-related and not.

    Image: DrAfter123 / DigitalVision Vectors / Getty images
  • Focus |

    The first pulsar – a spinning neutron star, beaming out radio waves – was discovered 50 years ago. This Nature Astronomy Collection celebrates that discovery and subsequent developments by combining retrospectives with forward-looking articles.

    Image: Fahad Sulehria / Stocktrek Images / Alamy Stock Photo
  • Collection |

    This Collection of research and comment from Nature Research focuses on the electromagnetic counterparts to the gravitational wave event GW 170817 from the merger of two neutron stars.

    Image: Breu, Radice, Rezzolla (GU Frankfurt, ZIB Berlin)
  • Collection |

    We present this Collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research to celebrate the award of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne — who are recognized " for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves". The success of LIGO is a testament to their vision, ingenuity and sheer perseverance for several decades.

    Image: Macmillan Publishers Limited/The Nobel Foundation/Science Photo Library/ Alamy Stock Photo