The People’s Republic of China (PRC) look set to become a science power-house with projects and ambitions in space overshadowing any other on the globe.
Last week saw a dramatic end to one of the most influential space missions in recent decades as the Rosetta spacecraft crash landed on the surface of Comet 67P
Mysteries of the solar system’s misfit planet may finally be solved this month as NASA’s New Horizons space probe approaches Pluto to shed light on this ex-planet left well within the darkness.
All sorts of things roam up there in the heavens even whole planets.
The Moon will appear bigger and brighter than ever tonight.
- Vega flight opportunity for multiple small satellites February 24, 2017Europe’s Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its new versatile Small Satellites Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser, in the second half of 2018.
- Two radar eyes are better than one February 23, 2017A novel airborne experiment over the flat agricultural landscape of the Netherlands recently simulated, for the first time, images that could be taken by radar satellites orbiting in tandem.
- The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe February 21, 2017ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible.
- ESA’s six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon February 17, 2017Tomorrow, a Space-X Dragon cargo ferry will be launched to the International Space Station packed with supplies, experiments, tools and food for the six astronauts living and working high above Earth. In the unpressurised cargo hold is a new NASA sensor that will monitor our atmosphere with a helping hand from ESA.
- Art and space enter a new dimension February 16, 2017ESA’s involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth.
- Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack February 16, 2017Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.
- Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space February 16, 2017Going to space is never routine, and Sentinel-2 mission controllers are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the critical days following next month’s liftoff.
- Fuel Sentinel-2B: done February 16, 2017As liftoff day draws closer, the Sentinel-2B 'to do' list is shrinking as tasks are ticked off, including the tricky process of fuelling the satellite. And, even despite having to do a few unexpected jobs, everything is on track for launch.
- Setting Sun on Space Station Solar research February 15, 2017
- Ariane 5’s first launch this year February 14, 2017An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the Sky Brasil-1 and Telkom-3S telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
The NASA Imager Dentists Use Daily
February 23, 2017Imaging technology developed at JPL is now used in dental X-rays.
NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star
February 22, 2017NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.
NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
February 21, 2017A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review.
In Atmospheric River Storms, Wind Is a Risk, Too
February 21, 2017While rain and snow in atmospheric river storms can be drought busters, they bring a well-known flood risk. A new NASA study shows they also bring high wind damage worldwide.
NASA to Host News Conference on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System
February 20, 2017NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets.
NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
February 17, 2017NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission.
Dawn Discovers Evidence for Organic Material on Ceres
February 16, 2017NASA's Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
An Ice World...With an Ocean?
February 16, 2017How a puzzling sensor reading transformed NASA's Cassini Saturn mission and created a new target in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth.
Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow
February 16, 2017The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow.
NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply
February 16, 2017Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water resources: snow.
- 20 years after Dolly February 25, 2017Everything you always wanted to know about the Dolly the cloned sheep and what came next, from a biomedical researcher and cloning expert.EarthSky Voices
- Last flight gone February 25, 2017Hunter Davis wrote, "Winter is almost here at the South Pole. The last flight for the summer left last week. I'm just waiting for the sun to go down so I can photograph some stars! "Eleanor Imster
- Ring of fire eclipse on Sunday February 25, 2017The February 26, 2017 annular solar eclipse - aka a ring of fire eclipse - will be visible from parts of Earth's Southern Hemisphere.Bruce McClure
- What is the zodiacal light? February 24, 2017The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. Late winter/early spring is a great time to see it.Bruce McClure
- Next new moon is February 26 February 24, 2017And it'll cause an eclipse. Read more about the upcoming new moon - and find links to info about Sunday's "ring of fire" eclipse - here.Deborah Byrd
- Star of the week: Procyon February 24, 2017The Dog Star, Sirius, is easy to spot because it's the sky's brightest star. Procyon - the other Dog Star - is near its brighter brother on the sky's dome.Larry Sessions
- Ancient tortoise reveals tropical DNA February 24, 2017An ancient giant tortoise that tumbled into a sinkhole 1,000 years ago has given researchers a rare look at tropical DNA.Tom Edathikunnel
- Cherry blossoms opening in Japan February 24, 2017In Japan at least, spring has sprung! Are you seeing signs of spring in your hometown?EarthSky
- Arc to Arcturus, the springtime star February 24, 2017Before going to bed tonight, locate the Big Dipper in your northern sky, and then follow the arc in the Dipper's handle to find yellow-orange star Arcturus.Bruce McClure
- What is the crater-dome illusion? February 23, 2017When you see spacecraft images of craters on other worlds, do you sometimes think they look like domes? Here's how to change your perception.Larry Sessions
- We’ve Revealed A Galaxy Far, Far Away…. July 7, 2015The galaxy was uncovered in radio emission travelling to Earth using CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope (ASKAP), located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). The team used a special technique to detect a change in radio waves coming from within the bright centre of the galaxy PKS B1740-517, located near the Ara constellation. The five […]George Arnold
- Rings And Loops In The Stars: Planck’s Stunning New Images July 7, 2015A ring of dust 200 light years across and a loop covering a third of the sky: two of the results in a new map from the Planck satellite. Dr Mike Peel and Dr Paddy Leahy of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JCBA) presented the images today at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2015) […]George Arnold
- Astronomers ‘Unscramble’ Einstein Ring To Reveal Most Detailed View Ever Of Star Formation In The Distant Universe June 10, 2015ALMA’s Long Baseline Campaign produced spectacular images of the distant, gravitationally lensed galaxy called HATLAS J090311.6+003906, otherwise known as SDP.81. New analyses of these images reveal details never before seen in a galaxy so remote, including phenomenally massive yet concentrated clumps of star-forming material. The ALMA observations of SDP.81 […]George Arnold
- Nearby “Dwarf” Galaxy Is Home To Luminous Star Cluster June 10, 2015A team of Tel Aviv University and UCLA astronomers have discovered a remarkable cluster of more than a million young stars are forming in a hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases in a tiny galaxy very near our own. The star cluster is buried within a massive gas cloud dubbed “Cloud D” in the NGC […]George Arnold
- Sunset Jets On Rosetta’s Comet June 10, 2015When night falls on Rosetta’s comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the bizarrely shaped body remains active. This can be seen in new images of the Ma’at region located on the comet’s “head” captured by OSIRIS, the scientific imaging system on board the Rosetta spacecraft. They were taken approximately half an hour after the Sun had set over the […]George Arnold
- The Moon Photobombs Uranus Live June 10, 2015Observers in eastern Australia, all of New Zealand, and parts of the South Pacific will see the planet Uranus pass behind the waning crescent Moon in the early morning of June 12, 2015. The precise timing of the event depends on your location. In Adelaide, Australia, Uranus passes behind the Moon at 18:49 UT, just […]George Arnold
- Exiled Stars Explode Far From Home June 5, 2015Sharp images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm that three supernovae discovered several years ago exploded in the dark emptiness of intergalactic space, having been flung from their home galaxies millions or billions of years earlier. Most supernovae are found inside galaxies containing hundreds of billions of stars, one of which might explode p […]George Arnold
- Hubble Video Shows Shock Collision Inside Black Hole Jet June 5, 2015When you’re blasting though space at more than 98 percent of the speed of light, you may need driver’s insurance. Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter from a super-massive black hole. This discovery was made while piecing together a time-lapse movie of a plasma […]George Arnold
- Dawn Spirals Closer To Ceres, Returns A New View June 4, 2015A new view of Ceres, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 23, shows finer detail is becoming visible on the dwarf planet. The spacecraft snapped the image at a distance of 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers) with a resolution of 1,600 feet (480 meters) per pixel. The image is part of a sequence taken for […]George Arnold
- Hubble Finds Two Chaotically Tumbling Pluto Moons June 4, 2015If you lived on one of Pluto’s moons Nix or Hydra, you’d have a hard time setting your alarm clock. That’s because you could not know for sure when, or even in which direction, the sun would rise. A comprehensive analysis of all available Hubble Space Telescope data shows that two of Pluto’s moons, Nix […]George Arnold