ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 has captured this image of a giant cloud of hydrogen gas illuminated by a bright young star. The image shows how violent the end stages of the star-formation process can be, with the young object shaking up its stellar nursery.
Published: 15 December 2011
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has passed another milestone in its almost 21 years of observations: the publication of the 10 000th refereed scientific paper based on Hubble data.
Published: 6 December 2011
Using its infrared vision to peer nine billion years back in time, the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are brimming with star formation
Published: 10 November 2011
A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc - a brightly glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy's central black hole.
Published: 4 November 2011
The detection of cold water vapour in a protoplanetary disc hints at a hidden reservoir of water ice amounting to several thousand terrestrial oceans.
Published: 20 October 2011
As part of a new survey of galaxy clusters with Hubble, the space telescope has imaged the galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847, to study the apparently distorted shapes of distant galaxies in the background caused by the invisible substance of dark matter.
Published: 13 October 2011
Herschel has found the first evidence of Earth-like water in a comet; this promises to reopen the debate on the role of comets in delivering water to our planet.
Published: 5 October 2011
Smaller galaxies like the dwarf irregular galaxy Holmberg II come in many shapes and types that are harder to classify than regular galaxies. This galaxy's indistinct shape is punctuated by huge glowing bubbles of gas, captured in a new Hubble image.
Published: 29 September 2011
Issued 26 September 2011, this Call for Declaration of Interest in Science Instrumentation solicits proposals for studies on science instrumentation that would potentially be provided by the ESA Member States, should the candidate M-class mission EChO be adopted for the M3 mission opportunity.
Published: 26 September 2011
New insights into the processes by which stars age have been revealed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which is providing unprecedented images of the complex, outer structure of a nearby circumstellar envelope.
Published: 20 September 2011
ESA's Gaia mission has passed another major milestone after the completion of 10 state-of-the-art mirrors that will be used to measure the precise positions of a billion stars.
Published: 15 September 2011
Herschel's deep galaxy survey reveals that, contrary to previous belief, most stars in cosmic history did not form through violent mergers but via steady and gentle processes.
Published: 13 September 2011
Published: 1 September 2011
Astronomers have combined two decades of Hubble observations to make unprecedented movies revealing never-before-seen details of the birth pangs of new stars.
Published: 31 August 2011
Published: 23 August 2011
A pioneering instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope has completed testing in the UK. MIRI is a key European contribution to the mission, which will be a space telescope with a mirror seven times bigger in area than that of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Published: 18 August 2011
Scrutinising Active Galactic Nuclei with INTEGRAL, astronomers have found an unexpected excess of hard X-ray emission which reopens the debate on the nature of these powerful sources.
Published: 2 August 2011
Herschel has found the first robust evidence of molecular oxygen in the Orion Nebula, shedding new light on where most interstellar oxygen might be 'hidden'.
Published: 1 August 2011
A wide variety of stars has been studied in the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbour large spiral galaxy, which is revealed in unprecedented detail in four observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Published: 21 July 2011
Astronomers have detected a surprisingly large amount of dust in the remnant of supernova SN1987A, located in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud, shedding new light on the mechanisms that produce dust in galaxies.
Published: 7 July 2011
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