Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 30 May 2018, 17:06 UTC Astronomers have proposed a new model for the invisible material that makes up most of the matter in the Universe. They have studied whether a fraction of dark matter particles may have a tiny electrical charge.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 30 May 2018, 12:00 UTC When Alexander Gerst, Germany's European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, sets off for the ISS on 6 June 2018 to spend his second six months in a microgravity environment he will be working on the largest international technology project of all time. The experiments are designed as contributions to solutions for global societal challenges such as health, the environment and climate change, as well as digitalisation, Industry 4.0, energy and future mobility.
ESO Top News 30 May 2018, 10:00 UTC Glowing brightly about 160 000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has imaged this region and its rich surroundings in exquisite detail. It reveals a cosmic landscape of star clusters, glowing gas clouds and the scattered remains of supernova explosions. This is the sharpest image ever of this entire field.
NASA Breaking News 29 May 2018, 20:00 UTC NASA will host a media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, June 4, on the agency’s mission to explore Earth’s ionosphere and the processes there that impact life on Earth’s surface. The event will air live on NASA Television, the agency’s website and Facebook Live. Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will study the layer of charged particles extending from about 50 to 360 miles above Earth’s surface, through which radio communications and GPS signals travel, and the processes there that can distort or even disrupt these signals. Knowledge gleaned from this mission will aid in mitigating its effects on satellites and communications technology worldwide
Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) 28 May 2018, 10:00 UTC Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) report the discovery of one of the most massive known neutron stars using the William Herschel (WHT), the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) and the IAC80 telescopes.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 25 May 2018, 14:20 UTC At first glance, this image is dominated by the vibrant glow of the swirling spiral to the lower left of the frame. However, this galaxy is far from the most interesting spectacle here — behind it sits a galaxy cluster.
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy 24 May 2018, 13:32 UTC Astronomers are hunting for the ultimate proof of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which is to obtain a direct image of the shadow of a black hole.
Square Kilometer Array 24 May 2018, 10:56 UTC In an important engineering milestone, a full station of 256 low-frequency antennas has been deployed and is undergoing tests at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in outback Western Australia. The demonstrator, known as the Aperture Array Verification System (AAVS1) is being used to help test and finalise the design of the low frequency antennas for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), known as SKA-low.
NASA: Kepler News and Features 23 May 2018, 17:02 UTC On May 12, NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft Kepler began the 18th observing campaign of its extended mission, K2. For the next 82 days, Kepler will stare at clusters of stars, faraway galaxies and a handful of solar system objects, including comets, objects beyond Neptune and an asteroid closer to Earth. The Kepler spacecraft is expected to run out of fuel within several months.