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.
- 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.
- Crater triplets April 6, 2017At first glance this scene may seem nothing out of the ordinary, but the large elongated crater marks the imprint of an impacting body that may have broken into three before it hit Mars.
- Astronaut study gives voice to people with disabilities March 31, 2017When his father was diagnosed with a debilitating disease four years ago, it sparked Ivo Vieira into developing a novel means of communication for people coping with extreme limitations, building on technology originally explored to help ESA astronauts in space.
- Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen March 28, 2017Two ancient sites on Mars that hosted an abundance of water in the planet’s early history have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover and surface science platform: Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis.
- Climate at your fingertips March 28, 2017Discover our planet’s changing climate through the eyes of satellites with Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android tablets featuring interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists.
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.
NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
April 19, 2017NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, and is heading for "Perseverance Valley."
Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan
April 19, 2017NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend.
NASA Radar Spots Relatively Large Asteroid Prior to Flyby
April 18, 2017Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained early Tuesday morning, with NASA's 70-meter antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California.
'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
April 18, 20173-D printing is inspiring new materials at JPL.
Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined: NASA
April 18, 2017NASA data show that snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada is larger than the last four years of snowpack combined.
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
April 17, 2017A new study suggests that hydroxyl radicals may be behind an unexplained recent increase in Earth's atmospheric methane levels.
- Kochab and Pherkad in Little Dipper April 23, 2017Kochab and Pherkad are the two outer stars in the bowl of the Little Dipper.Deborah Byrd
- Favorite photos for Earth Day 2017 April 22, 2017Here's a collection of lovely, gorgeous, and wonderful photos from the EarthSky community in celebration of our favorite planet. Thank you all!EarthSky
- Moon and Venus before Sunday’s sunrise April 22, 2017Before sunrise on April 23, 2017, you'll find a beautiful pairing of the waning crescent moon and dazzling planet Venus in your eastern sky.Bruce McClure
- Celebrating science, the Earth and the sky April 22, 2017Earth Day and the March for Science, April 22. International Dark Sky Week, April 22-28. Links and resources for all 3, here.Deborah Byrd
- Earth and moon between Saturn’s rings April 21, 2017Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn obtained this new image April 12. The craft was 870 million miles (1.4 billion km) from Earth.Deborah Byrd
- Cassini’s final encounter with Titan April 21, 2017Cassini's final closest approach to Saturn's moon Titan is scheduled for April 21 at 11:08 p.m. PDT (2:08 a.m. EDT or 6:08 UTC on April 22).Deborah Byrd
- Cassini to begin its Grand Finale April 21, 2017The glorious Cassini spacecraft - now nearly out of fuel - will make the 1st in a daring series of dives through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26.EarthSky
- Video: Cassini’s final crazy engineering April 21, 2017During Cassini's close pass of Titan on April 21-22, Titan's gravity will bend Cassini's orbit around Saturn, shrinking it slightly, so that instead of passing just outside the rings, the spacecraft will begin its Grand Finale dives just inside the rings. Wow!Deborah Byrd
- Star of the week: Spica April 21, 2017Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, is a whirling double star. How to see it in your sky.Deborah Byrd
- What is a glory? April 21, 2017People traveling in airplanes often see glories. The sun has to be behind your head. You'll see the plane's shadow cast on a cloud, surrounded by a halo of light.EarthSky
- 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