Science and Technology Facilities Council News and Press Releases 23 Mar 2010, 14:41 UTC The world's biggest physics experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has set the date for the start of its research programme.
ESA Human Spaceflight and Exploration 23 Mar 2010, 10:44 UTC A crew of six, including two Europeans, will soon begin a simulated mission to Mars in a mockup that includes an interplanetary spaceship, Mars lander and martian landscape. The Mars500 experiment, as long as a real journey to Mars, is the ultimate test of human endurance.
Royal Astronomical Society 22 Mar 2010, 11:35 UTC About 23% of the Universe is made up of mysterious ‘dark matter’, invisible material only detected through its gravitational influence on its surroundings. Now two astronomers based at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have found a hint of the way it behaves near black holes. Their results appear in a letter in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Image: Artist's impression of the distortion of spacetime by a supermassive black hole at the centre of...
Royal Astronomical Society 21 Mar 2010, 21:49 UTC An international team of astronomers, led by Dr Mark Swinbank, RAS Norman Lockyer Fellow, have found a massive galaxy in the early Universe creating stars like our Sun up to 100 times faster than the modern-day Milky Way.Image: NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy cluster MACS J2135-010217 (centre), which is gravitationally lensing the distant galaxy SMM J2135-0102. Credit: NASA / ESA / HST
ESO Top News 21 Mar 2010, 18:00 UTC For the first time, astronomers have made direct measurements of the size and brightness of regions of star-birth in a very distant galaxy, thanks to a chance discovery with the APEX telescope. The galaxy is so distant, and its light has taken so long to reach us, that we see it as it was 10 billion years ago. A cosmic “gravitational lens” is magnifying the galaxy, giving us a close-up view that would otherwise be impossible. This lucky break reveals a hectic and vigorous star-forming life for galaxies in the early Universe, with stellar nurseries forming one hundred times faster than in more recent galaxies. The research is published online today in the journal Nature.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 19 Mar 2010, 13:00 UTC Get larger image formatsTake an exhilarating ride through the Orion Nebula, a vast star-making factory1,500 light-years away. Swoop through Orion's giant canyon of gas and dust.Fly past behemoth stars whose brilliant light illuminates and energizes theentire cloudy region. Zoom by dusty tadpole-shaped objects that are fledglingsolar systems. This virtual space journey isn't the latest video game but one ofseveral groundbreaking astronomy visualizations created by specialists at theSpace Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, the science operationscenter for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Science@NASA 19 Mar 2010, 04:46 UTC Researchers who once confidently stated that the Moon was bone-dry are now thinking the unthinkable: The Moon has so much water, there's actually a "lunar hydrosphere." International spacecraft have recently discovered no fewer than three "flavors" of moonwater and no one knows when the discoveries will end.