NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 6 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC NASA's new exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope has detected the atmosphere of a known giant gas planet, demonstrating the telescope's extraordinary scientific capabilities. The discovery will be published Friday, Aug. 7, in the journal Science.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 6 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC Radar imaging at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on June 12 and 14, 2009, revealed that near-Earth asteroid 1994 CC is a triple system.
IAU Press Releases 6 Aug 2009, 18:00 UTC Saturn’s haze-enshrouded moon Titan turns out to have much in common with Earth in the way that weather and geology shape its terrain, according to two pieces of research to be presented at the XXVII General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wind, rain, volcanoes, tectonics and other Earth-like processes all sculpt features on Titan’s complex and varied surface in an environment more than 100 °C colder on average than Antarctica.
Royal Astronomical Society 6 Aug 2009, 11:22 UTC The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the British National Space Centre (BNSC) have launched a consultation on the future of UK civil space activities. The consultation seeks views on whether BNSC is the right organisation to continue to oversee UK space activity or should be replaced by a free standing space agency.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 5 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is starting a second career and taking its first shots of the cosmos since warming up.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 5 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC Get larger image formatsEven some galaxies may have been hyperactive youngsters. Looking almost 11 billion yearsinto the past, astronomers have measured the motions of stars for the first time in a very distantgalaxy. They are whirling at a speed of one million miles per hour-about twice the speed of ourSun through the Milky Way. Even stranger, the galaxies are a fraction the size of our Milky Way,and so may have evolved over billions of years into the full-grown galaxies seen around us today.Astronomers are puzzled by how galaxies like these formed. They may be what will eventually become the dense central regions of very large galaxies.
ESA Top News 5 Aug 2009, 10:03 UTC As a result of the latest International Space Station Multi-Lateral Crew Operations Panel (MCOP) recently held in Houston, ESA has today announced that the European crewmember of Expedition 30/31 to fly to the International Space Station in 2011 will be André Kuipers from the Netherlands.
ESO Top News 5 Aug 2009, 06:00 UTC ESO 28/09 - Photo Release:ESO has just released a stunning new image of a field of stars towards the constellation of Carina (the Keel). This striking view is ablaze with a flurry of stars of all colours and brightnesses, some of which are seen against a backdrop of clouds of dust and gas. One unusual star in the middle, HD 87643, has been extensively studied with several ESO telescopes, including the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). Surrounded by a complex, extended nebula that is the result of previous violent ejections, the star has been shown to have a companion. Interactions in this double system, surrounded by a dusty disc, may be the engine fuelling the starâ™s remarkable nebula.