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.
- 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.
- CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice February 8, 2017A novel way of using ESA’s CryoSat mission has revealed how lakes beneath Thwaites Glacier drained into the Amundsen Sea – potentially the largest such outflow ever reported in this region of West Antarctica.
- Blue jets studied from Space Station February 8, 2017
- Angling up for Mars science February 7, 2017ESA’s latest Mars orbiter has moved itself into a new path on its way to achieving the final orbit for probing the Red Planet.
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.
NASA-funded Website Lets the Public Search for New Nearby Worlds
February 15, 2017NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space.
Lasers Could Give Space Research its 'Broadband' Moment
February 14, 2017New laser technology could yield more science data and high-definition video from spacecraft.
Spitzer Hears Stellar 'Heartbeat' from Planetary Companion
February 14, 2017A planet and a star are having a tumultuous romance that can be detected from 370 light-years away.
Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020
February 11, 2017Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.
- How did horses evolve? February 20, 2017A new 'tree of life,' showing how horses have evolved over the past 18 million years challenges long-held ideas.Tom Edathikunnel
- Help astronomers look for Planet 9 February 20, 2017There might be an unknown 9th planet that orbits far from Earth, on the outer fringes of our solar system. You can help astronomers find it, if it exists!Eleanor Imster
- Today in science: John Glenn February 20, 2017On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the 1st American to orbit Earth and the first American space hero.EarthSky
- Venus green flash February 20, 2017To see a green flash of Venus, you need a very clear day with no haze or cloud low in the sky, a distant horizon (preferably a sea horizon) and a telescope! Photo by Colin Legg.Deborah Byrd
- Somber Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder February 20, 2017Betelgeuse's red color indicates a star well into the autumn of its years. In fact, the star is a magnificently rare red supergiant.EarthSky
- Do animals dream? February 19, 2017Your dog or cat might look as if it's dreaming when its whiskers twitch and legs wiggle. But are animals really dreaming?EarthSky
- Michigan sun halo February 19, 2017Walter Elliot captured this enormous sun halo over Grand Haven, Michigan on February 16, 2017.Eleanor Imster
- Moon, Saturn, Antares early Monday February 19, 2017If you see them, notice the colors of Saturn and Antares. Saturn is golden, and the star, Antares, is reddish. Plus you might notice Antares twinkling, while Saturn shines steadily!Bruce McClure
- What is radiocarbon dating? February 18, 2017At a very steady rate, unstable carbon-14 gradually decays to carbon-12. The ratio of these carbon isotopes reveals the ages of some of Earth's oldest inhabitants.EarthSky
- Star brightness versus star luminosity February 18, 2017Some extremely large and hot stars blaze away with the luminosity of a million suns! But other stars look bright only because they're near Earth.Bruce McClure
- 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