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.
- Monitoring the airways April 28, 2017Astronauts in space are valuable sources of scientific data. Researchers collect blood and urine samples to understand what effects living in weightlessness has on their bodies. For one experiment, investigators are interested in their breath.
- Countdown to Cassini's Grand Finale April 25, 2017After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassini–Huygens mission is about to begin its final chapter: the spacecraft will perform a series of daring dives between the planet and its rings, leading to a dramatic final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September.
- ESA boosting its Argentine link with deep space April 25, 2017Thanks to some high-tech improvements, ESA’s radio dish in Argentina will be ready to receive the rising torrent of scientific data beamed back by future missions exploring deep in our Solar System.
- Science record set on Space Station April 24, 2017If anything should break in space, let it be records. The astronauts of Expedition 50 have done just that by setting a new record for most time spent on scientific research on the International Space Station.
- Call for a sustainable future in space April 21, 2017With more than 750 000 pieces of dangerous debris now orbiting Earth, the urgent need for coordinated international action to ensure the long-term sustainability of spaceflight is a major finding from Europe’s largest-ever conference on space debris.
- When Swarm met Steve April 21, 2017Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve.
- Satellite service boosting special flight operations April 18, 2017Thanks to ESA, aircraft are using satcoms to share realtime information with other aircraft and ground stations to improve flight operations.
- ESA helps faster cleaner shipping April 13, 2017With around 90% of world trade carried by ships, making sure a vessel follows the fastest route has clear economic benefits. By merging measurements from different satellites, ESA is providing key information on ocean currents, which is not only making shipping more efficient but is also helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
- Exoplanet mission gets ticket to ride April 6, 2017A Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou will boost ESA’s upcoming exoplanet satellite into space.
- Galileo’s search and rescue service in the spotlight April 6, 2017Europe’s Galileo satnav network does more than let us find our way – it is also helping to save lives. Today sees a spotlight cast on Galileo’s Search and Rescue service, which pinpoints people in distress on land or sea.
Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions
April 26, 2017NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet's mysterious Occator Crater and the sun.
NASA Study Challenges Long-held Tsunami Formation Theory
April 26, 2017A new NASA study is challenging a long-held theory that tsunamis form and acquire their energy mostly from vertical movement of the seafloor.
NASA Communications Honored with 2017 Webby Awards
April 26, 2017NASA's digital communications team will be honored at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 16 in New York.
'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
April 26, 2017Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.
Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
April 25, 2017NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.
Cassini Completes Final -- and Fateful -- Titan Flyby
April 24, 2017NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.
New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site
April 21, 2017A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures the landing platform the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles ago.
NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn
April 20, 2017A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.
Detecting Life in the Ultra-dry Atacama Desert
April 20, 2017JPL tests a portable chemistry lab designed for potential use on other planets.
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content
April 19, 2017As NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues exploring Ceres, evidence mounts that the enigmatic dwarf planet retains a significant amount of water ice.
- Cassini dives between Saturn and its rings April 28, 2017The Cassini spacecraft made the first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on Wednesday.Eleanor Imster
- How Kepler saw Neptune April 28, 2017New video from NASA depicting the observations of our solar system's 8th planet, Neptune, by the famous planet-hunting Kepler telescope.Deborah Byrd
- Landslides on dwarf planet Ceres April 28, 2017A recent study shows that landslides are common on the dwarf planet Ceres and reinforces the idea that Ceres has a lot of water ice.Deborah Byrd
- Why birds smash into windows April 28, 2017Up to 1 billion birds die each year in the U.S. due to collisions with windows. Why do birds slam into windows, and what can you do to prevent it?EarthSky
- New Project Skyglow video and giveaway April 28, 2017The guys at Project Skyglow have done some amazing videos, and they have a new book out. It's not too late to enter their giveaway, honoring International Dark Sky Week.Deborah Byrd
- Watch for a young moon this weekend April 28, 2017The young moon is back in the evening sky, in the west after sunset. Watch for it!Deborah Byrd
- A star whose magnetic field flipped April 28, 2017Tau Boötis was the first star, other than our sun, ever seen to undergo a magnetic field reversal. This post also includes 2 great videos about our sun's magnetic reversals.Bruce McClure
- Young moon, Mars and Aldebaran April 27, 2017Look soon after sunset! On April 27, the moon will quickly follow the sun below the western horizon.Bruce McClure
- Northerners’ guide to Southern Cross April 26, 2017The Southern Cross climbs highest - due south - in the evening around now. Latitudes like Hawaii can see it. It's possible to see from latitudes like the far-southern contiguous U.S., but difficult.Bruce McClure
- Use Southern Cross to find due south April 26, 2017From the Northern Hemisphere, a fairly bright North Star marks the direction north. From the Southern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross points the way south.Deborah Byrd
- 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