ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
Published: 18 December 2008
Data collected by the NICMOS instrument on board the Hubble Space Telescope have led to the discovery of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of the exoplanet HD 189733b, adding to previous detections of water and methane
Published: 9 December 2008
The Herschel and Planck ground segments have successfully passed another milestone on the path to launch.
Published: 27 November 2008
Two of our Galaxy's most massive stars have been scrutinised in an impressive view by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The new image shows them in greater detail than ever before.
Published: 24 November 2008
A recent model of the emission from ultra-magnetized neutron stars (magnetars) shows great promise in offering a unified view of the high energy emission from these objects.
Published: 14 November 2008
The Hubble Space Telescope has made the first direct observation of an exoplanet at optical wavelenghts orbiting the star Fomalhaut at a distance of about 115 AU, about 25 light years from Earth
Published: 13 November 2008
After overcoming several difficulties Hubble is back on line again and the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) has successfully resumed operations, demonstrated with this image of the interacting galaxy pair Arp 147
Published: 30 October 2008
XMM-Newton, ESA's X-ray observatory, has reestablished communication contact with Earth, showing that the spacecraft is safe and fully under control. The news was confirmed this morning by the mission control team at ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.
Published: 23 October 2008
During last weekend ESA lost contact with its XMM-Newton X-ray observatory. Many space agencies and organisations are now joining forces trying to fix the problem: a feeble radio signal has been heard, and ground-based observations confirm that the spacecraft is intact.
Published: 22 October 2008
An analysis of the 47 gamma-ray bursts detected by INTEGRAL since its launch reveals a previously unnoticed population of faint gamma-ray bursts associated with the local supergalactic structure.
Published: 13 October 2008
A thorough survey of 69 nearby galaxies with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys is giving astronomers valuable clues about star formation in different types of galaxies, with data on over 14 million resolved individual stars
Published: 30 September 2008
The first detection of strong, quasi-periodic oscillations (QPO) in the X-ray emission of an active galaxy (RE J1034+396), obtained with XMM-Newton, is reported in the 18 September issue of Nature
Published: 17 September 2008
With the fourth Suzaku European Announcement of Opportunity (EAO-4), proposals are solicited from scientists belonging to institutions within ESA Member States for observing time in the portion reserved for the ESA-Japan programme. The EAO-4 observing time is planned to start in April 2009 and last for 12 months.
Published: 8 September 2008
INTEGRAL's detection of polarized gamma-rays from the Crab pulsar, reported in the 29 August issue of Science, has significant implications for many aspects of high-energy accelerators.
Published: 29 August 2008
A powerful collision of two massive clusters of galaxies has been observed in detail with both the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, providing new insights into the properties of dark matter
Published: 27 August 2008
Published: 26 August 2008
XMM-Newton has discovered a rare, very massive cluster of galaxies at a redshift z~1. The object, designated 2XMM J083026+524133, is the most X-ray luminous known at its distance and beyond
Published: 25 August 2008
High-resolution Hubble data has helped solve a long-standing mystery around the stability of a persistent filamentary structure surrounding the active galaxy NGC1275: magnetic fields provide the required support
Published: 20 August 2008
This dazzling image of a region of celestial birth and renewal commemorates Hubble's 100 000th orbit around the Earth
Published: 11 August 2008
The Hubble Space Telescope has identified thousands of ancient globular clusters in the Virgo cluster of galaxies. These discoveries improve our understanding of the life and evolution of cannibal galaxies.
Published: 5 August 2008
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