ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
The 106 electronic detectors forming Gaia's billion pixel camera have recently been assembled into the complete large mosaic for the first time.
Published: 6 July 2011
ESA's INTEGRAL gamma-ray observatory has provided results that will dramatically affect the search for physics beyond Einstein. It has shown that any underlying quantum 'graininess' of space must be at much smaller scales than previously predicted.
Published: 30 June 2011
Astronomers using XMM-Newton have captured a neutron star undergoing a rare, intense flare, which may have been produced when the star ingested a massive clump of matter.
Published: 28 June 2011
Abell 2744, nicknamed Pandora's Cluster, seems to be the result of a simultaneous pile-up of at least four separate galaxy clusters and this complex collision has produced strange effects that have never been seen together before.
Published: 22 June 2011
The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument has produced a close-up view of the galaxy Centaurus A, revealing a dramatic picture of a dynamic galaxy in flux.
Published: 16 June 2011
The second (and final) in-flight Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Open Time (OT2) observations with the Herschel Space Observatory has been issued. The OT2 call solicits proposals from the worldwide astronomical community. The deadline for proposal submissions is: 15 September 2011 at 12:00 UT.
Published: 10 June 2011
Professor Michael Perryman, the scientific leader of ESA's Hipparcos mission, and a founding father of its successor mission, Gaia, has been awarded the 2011 Tycho Brahe Prize from the European Astronomical Society.
Published: 6 June 2011
Hubble's newest camera has taken an image of galaxy NGC 4214. This galaxy glows brightly with young stars and gas clouds, and is an ideal laboratory to research star formation and evolution.
Published: 12 May 2011
Herschel's detection of molecular gas outflows in merging galaxies proves that feedback processes can exhaust the galactic gas supply for creating stars and feeding the black hole.
Published: 9 May 2011
The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, with its dramatically lopsided shape, has been captured in two contrasting views by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla, Chile.
Published: 4 May 2011
In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers pointed Hubble at an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273
Published: 20 April 2011
An intricate network of filamentary structure, exposed in extraordinary detail by Herschel, has provided new evidence for how stars form from the diffuse interstellar medium.
Published: 13 April 2011
Using the amplifying power of a cosmic gravitational lens, Abell 383, astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy whose stars were born unexpectedly early in cosmic history.
Published: 12 April 2011
Can the powerful jets originating from the vicinity of black holes emit gamma rays? INTEGRAL observations of the X-ray binary system Cygnus X-1 have shown that they can.
Published: 24 March 2011
Hubble has produced an outstanding image of the central region of the famous Tarantula Nebula, a vast star-forming cloud of gas and dust in our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Published: 15 March 2011
Astronomers working with data from several observatories, including ESA's XMM-Newton, have discovered the most distant, mature galaxy cluster yet.
Published: 9 March 2011
Proposals are solicited for observations with INTEGRAL in response to the Ninth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-9, issued 7 March 2011. This AO covers the period January 2012 to December 2012 and is open to all proposers.
Published: 7 March 2011
ESA has issued a Call, inviting groups or institutes in ESA Member States, wishing to participate in the preparatory activities for the Gaia archive access working group, to submit a 'Letter of Interest' to ESA outlining their area of expertise and potential contribution
Published: 1 March 2011
Galaxy NGC 2841, featured in this spectacular Hubble view, is one of several nearby objects that have been specifically chosen to study wildly differing sites of star formation
Published: 17 February 2011
How much dark matter is needed to trigger a starburst in the cosmic cribs where galaxies are born? A new study, based on data from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, yields an answer.
Published: 16 February 2011
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