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11 Apr 2018, 10:00 UTC New images from the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope are revealing the dusty discs surrounding nearby young stars in greater detail than previously achieved. They show a bizarre variety of shapes, sizes and structures, including the likely effects of planets still in the process of forming. Next Previous
5 Apr 2018, 15:00 UTC New images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other telescopes reveal a rich landscape of stars and glowing clouds of gas in one of our closest neighbouring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud. The pictures have allowed astronomers to identify an elusive stellar corpse buried among filaments of gas left behind by a 2000-year-old supernova explosion. The MUSE instrument was used to establish where this elusive object is hiding, and existing Chandra X-ray Observatory data confirmed its identity as an isolated neutron star. Next Previous
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7 Mar 2018, 11:00 UTC New data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and other telescopes have been used to create this stunning image showing a web of filaments in the Orion Nebula. These features appear red-hot and fiery in this dramatic picture, but in reality are so cold that astronomers must use telescopes like ALMA to observe them. Next Previous
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 24 Apr 2018, 18:56 UTC Even after decades of observations and a visit by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft, Uranus held on to one critical secret -- the composition of its clouds. Now, one of the key components of the planet's clouds has finally been verified.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 24 Apr 2018, 14:38 UTC Any telescope that reaches the launch pad in the 2030s likely will look much different than the concepts four teams are currently studying to inform the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, but the studies do offer a roadmap. Here’s a brief overview of each:
ESO Supernova 23 Apr 2018, 16:00 UTC The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is proud to join the educational programme linked to the 2018 International Documentary Film Festival Munich (DOK.fest München) with special screenings in our new state-of-the-art digital planetarium.
ESO Supernova 23 Apr 2018, 13:00 UTC On Friday 4 May, a live planetarium show — Reaching New Heights — will be presented at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. This show will take the audience on a journey around ESO’s state-of-the-art facilities, immersing them in Chile’s stunning scenery and wonderful dark skies.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 19 Apr 2018, 19:04 UTC Many of NASA's most iconic spacecraft towered over the engineers who built them: think Voyagers 1 and 2, Cassini or Galileo -- all large machines that could measure up to a school bus. But in the past two decades, mini-satellites called CubeSats have made space accessible to a new generation. These briefcase-sized boxes are more focused in their abilities and have a fraction of the mass -- and cost -- of some past titans of space.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 19 Apr 2018, 10:57 UTC The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the United States corporation Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) are announcing the completion of the development and manufacturing process of the DESIS hardware. Operating the DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS) on the International Space Station (ISS) makes DLR the first user of the revolutionary multiplatform system MUSES (Multi User System for Earth Sensing) that was installed on board the ISS in 2017. The launch of the DESIS joint venture is scheduled for summer 2018 from Cape Canaveral and will be lifted into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
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Astronomy Now 24 Apr 2018, 19:50 UTC Supermassive black holes, SMBHs, are thought to lurk at the hearts of many, if not all, large galaxies, including Earth’s Milky Way. But when galaxies merge, the smaller galaxy may leave its own SMBH in a wide orbit within the new host.
NASA Space Station Blog 24 Apr 2018, 17:23 UTC The six Expedition 55 crew members are not only space scientists but also space plumbers who periodically work on the International Space Station’s toilet. Aside from today’s science and bathroom work, the crew also installed computer networking gear and inspected spacewalk equipment.
Centauri Dreams 24 Apr 2018, 12:54 UTC The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has been featured often in these pages, usually in terms of brown dwarfs and the possibility of uncovering a small star or brown dwarf closer than Proxima Centauri. But while we still have no evidence of such, we do have abundant data on brown dwarfs, as well as a useful compendium of objects that come close to the Earth. For WISE, launched in 2009 and placed into hibernation in 2011 upon completion of its primary mission, was reactivated in 2013 as NEOWISE. The goal is now the observation of asteroids and comets both near and far by way of characterizing their size and composition.
Scientific American 24 Apr 2018, 10:45 UTC In an eagerly anticipated development, astronomers have created the largest and most precise 3-D map of the Milky Way galaxy. The European Space Agency’s $1-billion Gaia mission released its newest data set in April, detailing the positions and motions of more than a billion stars.
Cosmic Diary 23 Apr 2018, 23:31 UTC The wind on Mars is an artist, or at least it tries really hard to be one. It flutters up and down mountains, winding along valleys, dragging its wings in the sand and building up really amazing structures that could win any sand sculpture award.