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.
- CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D March 24, 2017Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA’s CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a snapshot of the undulating surface of this vast ice sheet.
- Satellites shed new light on earthquakes March 24, 2017Satellite radar scans of last year’s earthquake in New Zealand are changing the way we are thinking about earthquake hazards in regions where our planet’s tectonic plates meet.
- Surviving the long dark night of the Moon March 23, 2017Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving.
- Collapsing cliff reveals comet’s interior March 21, 2017Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet.
- Unravelling Earth’s magnetic field March 21, 2017ESA’s Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth’s magnetic field to unpick – as well as our planet’s magnetic history imprinted on Earth’s crust.
- To the Arctic for CryoSat and beyond March 20, 2017After the relative quiet of the long dark winter months, the Arctic will be a tad busier over the coming weeks as numerous researchers descend on this harsh, yet fragile environment. Their aim is not to disturb its beauty, but to join forces in an all-out effort to measure ice on land and sea.
- Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves March 20, 2017The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface.
- Two more spacewalks for Thomas Pesquet March 17, 2017ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASA’s plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission.
- Beautiful science with astronaut aurora March 16, 2017Some of the most wonderful pictures taken by astronauts from space are of aurora dancing over our planet. Now the photos are more than just pretty pictures thanks to an ESA project that makes them scientifically usable.
- ESA’s Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board March 16, 2017Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – Juice – from the drawing board and into construction.
NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
March 24, 2017NASA coral reef studies in Hawaii this winter will help scientists understand this unique environment and evaluate a possible satellite mission.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby
March 24, 2017NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fifth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Monday, March 27, at 1:52 a.m. PDT (4:52 a.m. EDT, 8:52 UTC).
NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies
March 23, 2017JPL's concept to study Venus was included among the 10 studies selected.
Study of Complex 2016 Quake May Alter Hazard Models
March 23, 2017A new study finds last year's magnitude 7.8 New Zealand earthquake was so complex and unusual it is likely to change how scientists think about quake hazards around the world.
Andromeda's Bright X-Ray Mystery Solved by NuSTAR
March 23, 2017The Milky Way's closest neighbor, Andromeda, features a dominant source of high-energy X-ray emission, but its identity was mysterious until now.
How A.I. Captured a Volcano's Changing Lava Lake
March 22, 2017For more than 12 years, A.I. developed at JPL has tracked wildfires, floods and erupting volcanoes.
Ice in Ceres' Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History
March 22, 2017The tilt of Ceres' rotation axis could be related to ice in shadowed regions, research from NASA's Dawn mission suggests.
The Many Faces of Rosetta's Comet 67P
March 21, 2017Images from ESA Rosetta indicate that the surface of its target comet has had growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders.
Breaks Observed in Rover Wheel Treads
March 21, 2017A routine check of the aluminum wheels on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover's left middle wheel-the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey, now approaching the 10-mile (16 kilometer) mark.
Futuristic Clock Prepared for Space
March 21, 2017JPL's Deep Space Atomic Clock was recently joined to the spacecraft that will take it into Earth orbit.
- Super halos around very young galaxies March 26, 2017Astronomers directly observed a pair of Milky-Way-like galaxies seen when the universe was only 8% of its current age. They were excited to find them surrounded by huge halos of hydrogen gas.EarthSky Voices
- So long, last North American ice sheet March 26, 2017The last remnant of a once-enormous ice sheet will be gone in about 300 years, according to a new study. Scientists say warming temperatures are the reason.Eleanor Imster
- Planets Mercury and Uranus at dusk March 26, 2017Innermost Mercury - and distant Uranus - are low in the western sky after sunset. Start looking for them as soon as your sky begins to darken.Bruce McClure
- Where’s the moon? Waning crescent March 26, 2017A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It's seen in the east before dawn. Next new moon is March 28 at 02:57 UTC.Deborah Byrd
- Colors of scintillating Venus March 25, 2017Venus reaches inferior conjunction today, officially leaving the evening sky. It has been low in the sky, where Earth's atmosphere has caused Venus to scintillate, or twinkle, in many colors.Deborah Byrd
- New map of space dust in 3-D March 25, 2017Sure, we're all collections of space dust. But astronomers also want to study it in order to understand how space dust in our Milky Way obscures starlight from afar.Deborah Byrd
- Use Big Dipper to locate Hunting Dogs March 25, 2017If you can find the Big Dipper, you can also find 2 Hunting Dogs - aka Canes Venatici - seen by the ancient stargazers to be nipping at the Bear’s heels.Deborah Byrd
- Star of the week: Acrux March 24, 2017You have far south on Earth's globe to see the Southern Cross. Bluish Acrux, aka Alpha Crucis, is its brightest star.Larry Sessions
- Know the Big and Little Dippers March 24, 2017The Big Dipper is easy. And, once you find it, you can find the Little Dipper, too. Plus … learn how the stars of the Big Dipper are moving in space.Bruce McClure
- Perfect airplane glory March 24, 2017You might catch an airplane glory when a mist or cloud lies below you, with the sun shining upon it.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