Indiana University Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 Jul 2009, 14:00 UTC The eastern sky will be crowded before dawn in July. Venus, Mars, the crescent moon and the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters will compete for attention in a series of striking formations. The constellation Taurus the Bull, where all of this will happen, will be hard to recognize.
ESO Top News 1 Jul 2009, 11:00 UTC ESO 24/09 - Photo Release: Astronomers have unveiled an unprecedented new atlas of the inner regions of the Milky Way, our home galaxy, peppered with thousands of previously undiscovered dense knots of cold cosmic dust - the potential birthplaces of new stars. Made using observations from the APEX telescope in Chile, this survey is the largest map of cold dust so far, and will prove an invaluable map for observations made with the forthcoming ALMA telescope, as well as the recently launched ESA Herschel space telescope.
International Year of Astronomy Press Releases 1 Jul 2009, 08:00 UTC As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) reaches its six-month milestone, over a million people have already looked at the sky through a telescope for the first time, and even more have newly engaged in astronomy. This is just one of many achievements, as countless ongoing projects and planned initiatives indicate that the IYA2009 is well on the way towards achieving many of its goals.
ESA Top News 30 Jun 2009, 15:32 UTC An estimated 150 people attended the third Portuguese Space Forum that took place today at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva in Lisbon; a sign of the growing importance of the space industry in Portugal. This one-day event was opened by Mariano Gago, Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education and Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General. In his opening remarks, Jean-Jacques Dordain said, “There are no small countries for ESA. All Member States are important. Today, nine years after Portugal joined ESA, Portugal is present in almost all ESA programmes. Therefore, we at ESA cannot do without Portugal anymore”. Image: Jean-Jacques Dordain (Director General of ESA) with José Mariano Gago (Portuguese Minister of Science Technology and Higher Education)
ESA Top News 30 Jun 2009, 11:00 UTC In 2008, Ulysses was expected to cease functioning due to weakening power. But solid engineering know-how and on-the-fly innovation have eked out an additional year of important science returns, which came to an end today. Ulysses, the joint ESA/NASA solar orbiter mission, finally ended today when ground controllers sent commands to shut down the satellite's communications. The event marks the conclusion of one of the longest and most successful space missions ever conducted.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 29 Jun 2009, 23:23 UTC Since its launch a decade ago, QuikScat has advanced Earth science research and helped improve environmental predictions using measurements of global radar backscatter from Earth's ocean, land and ice surfaces. QuikScat data help scientists better understand and predict the processes that drive our climate, such as ocean circulation and the global water cycle.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 29 Jun 2009, 18:40 UTC On June 11th, Dr. Frank Low, one of the people responsible for the rise of infrared astronomy, died in Tucson. He was 75 years old.