ESO Top News 2 Sep 2009, 07:00 UTC ESO 31/09 - Photo Release:ESO has released a striking new image of a nearby galaxy that many astronomers think closely resembles our own Milky Way. Though the galaxy is seen edge-on, observations of NGC 4945 suggest that this hive of stars is a spiral galaxy much like our own, with swirling, luminous arms and a bar-shaped central region. These resemblances aside, NGC 4945 has a brighter centre that likely harbours a supermassive black hole, which is devouring reams of matter and blasting energy out into space.
Royal Astronomical Society 31 Aug 2009, 11:19 UTC The September digest of space and astronomy news events, from the Royal Astronomical Society. This month sees a major conference on light pollution, the opening of an exhibition of astronomers' portraits at the Royal Albert Hall and the latest encounter between the MESSENGER mission and the planet Mercury.
ESA Top News 31 Aug 2009, 07:45 UTC Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station earlier today. Shortly afterwards, Shuttle crewmember Christer Fuglesang was welcomed on board the Station by his fellow ESA astronaut, and member of the Expedition 20 crew, Frank De Winne.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 27 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC Since its discovery 45 years ago, Cygnus X-1 has been one of the most intensively studied cosmic X-ray sources.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 26 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into a safe mode Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, for the fourth time this year, while maintaining spacecraft health and communications.
ESA Top News 26 Aug 2009, 14:30 UTC To mark ESA astronaut Frank De Winne's six-month OasISS mission to the International Space Station, and triggered by his role as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Belgium, ESA's Human Spaceflight Education Team has teamed up with UNICEF to launch an online quiz for 12-14 year old European children.
ESO Top News 26 Aug 2009, 08:00 UTC ESO 30/09 - Photo Release:Today ESO has released a new image of the Trifid Nebula, showing just why it is a firm favourite of astronomers, amateur and professional alike. This massive star factory is so named for the dark dust bands that trisect its glowing heart, and is a rare combination of three nebula types, revealing the fury of freshly formed stars and presaging more star birth.