10 million star puzzle Space Science Image of the Week: Omega Centauri, a unique star cluster, rises high in Chilean skies for ground-based observers Source: ESAView More 10 million star puzzle
Gaia starts mapping our galaxy’s bar The first direct measurement of the bar-shaped collection of stars at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy has been made by combining data from ESA’s Gaia mission with complementary observations from ground- and space-based telescopes. Revealing the galactic barThis colour chart shows…View More Gaia starts mapping our galaxy’s bar
Gaia’s biggest operation since launch On Tuesday 16 July, teams at ESA’s mission control will perform an ‘orbit change manoeuvre’ on the Gaia space observatory – the biggest operation since the spacecraft was launched in 2013. Source: ESAView More Gaia’s biggest operation since launch
Apollo 11 brought a message of peace to the Moon – but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind President Richard M. Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, the recovery ship for the mission, where they are quarantined. From left to right: Neil A.…View More Apollo 11 brought a message of peace to the Moon – but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind
Reforesting an area the size of the US needed to help avert climate breakdown, say researchers – are they right? Inga Linder/Shutterstock Mark Maslin, UCL and Simon Lewis, UCL Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The…View More Reforesting an area the size of the US needed to help avert climate breakdown, say researchers – are they right?
NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. Source: NASAView More NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises
Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Mars ESA’s Mars Express has been keeping an eye on local and regional dust storms brewing at the north pole of the Red Planet over the last month, watching as they disperse towards the equator. Source: ESA Powered by WPeMaticoView More Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Mars
A chaos found only on Mars The cracked, uneven, jumbled landscape seen in this image from ESA’s Mars Express forms an intriguing type of terrain that cannot be found on Earth: chaotic terrain. Source: ESA Powered by WPeMaticoView More A chaos found only on Mars
Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways besides climate change The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery, near downtown Houston. AP Photo/David J. Phillip Noel Healy, Salem State University; Jennie C. Stephens, Northeastern University, and Stephanie Malin, Colorado State University Many Democratic lawmakers aim to pass…View More Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways besides climate change
Curious Kids: why has nobody found any life outside of Earth? An artist’s impression of Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star’s habitable zone – the…View More Curious Kids: why has nobody found any life outside of Earth?
Dark matter may not actually exist – and our alternative theory can be put to the test The bullet cluster. NASA/CXC/M. Weiss Juri Smirnov, University of Southern Denmark Scientists have been searching for “dark matter” – an unknown and invisible substance thought to make up the vast majority of matter…View More Dark matter may not actually exist – and our alternative theory can be put to the test
A new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton suggests that dark energy may have varied over cosmic time, as reported in our latest press release. This artist’s illustration helps explain how astronomers tracked the effects of dark energy to about one billion years after the…View More Astronomers Find Dark Energy May Vary Over Cosmic Time
A new NASA study shows that warming of the tropical oceans due to climate change could lead to a substantial increase in the frequency of extreme rain storms by the end of the century. The study team, led by Hartmut Aumann of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, combed…View More Warming Seas May Increase Frequency of Extreme Storms
A giant, spiraling storm in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is captured in this animation from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The storm is approximately 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) across. The counterclockwise motion of the storm, called Oval BA, is clearly on display. A similar rotation can be seen in the famous Great Red…View More NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Tracks Giant Jupiter Storms