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This new Hubble image reveals the gigantic Pinwheel galaxy, one of the best known examples of "grand design spirals", and its supergiant star-forming regions in unprecedented detail. The image is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy ever released from Hubble.
Published: 28 February 2006
A high-capability new infrared satellite, ASTRO-F, was successfully launched last night by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In a collaborative effort involving ESA and scientists across Europe, the spacecraft is now being prepared to start its mapping of the cosmos.
Published: 22 February 2006
Over 500 images of the Orion Nebula, taken between 2004 and 2005 with the Hubble Space Telescope at several wavelengths, are put together in a mosaic resulting in one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced.
Published: 11 January 2006
A team of astronomers led by Martin Barstow have obtained a detailed spectrum of the white dwarf star Sirius B using the HST's Imaging Spectrograph, allowing for a precise determination of the star's mass and gravitational redshift.
Published: 13 December 2005
ESA's Science Programme Committee has extended operations of the highly successful astronomical observatory XMM-Newton until 31 March 2010.
Published: 6 December 2005
ESA's Science Programme Committee has extended operations of the highly successful astronomical observatory INTEGRAL until 16 December 2010.
Published: 6 December 2005
The largest image ever taken with the WFPC2 camera on board the Hubble Space Telescope shows the Crab Nebula with incredible detail and captures the entire supernova remnant in a single view.
Published: 5 December 2005
Dear Colleague, I am pleased to invite you to respond to the "Announcement of Opportunity" to submit proposals for observations to be performed with Suzaku.
Published: 16 November 2005

In two dedicated papers, INTEGRAL Project Scientist Christoph Winkler presents a selection of scientific highlights achieved during the first two and a half years of Integral science operations.
Published: 7 October 2005
Two space observatories, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, have teamed up to weigh the stars in several very distant galaxies.
Published: 27 September 2005
The Millennium Star Atlas is to be reprinted in a soft cover version. The Atlas contains 1548 sky charts, depicting the heavens with unprecedented information on the nature of our Galaxy using the stellar information drawn from ESA's Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues.
Published: 21 September 2005
Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the presence of a compact disk of young stars at the heart of the Andromeda galaxy surrounding the central black hole.
Published: 20 September 2005
A large study of quasars conducted with Hubble and the VLT has resulted in the first observation of a unique type of quasar, one with no readily observable host galaxy.
Published: 14 September 2005
In an article to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, Bélanger et al. report on the nature of a hard X-ray source located near and associated with the black hole at the centre of our galaxy.
Published: 14 September 2005
On 9 August 1975 ESA's first scientific satellite, Cos-B, was launched. Cos-B was ESA's first foray into producing a spacecraft with a single payload: a high-energy gamma-ray telescope. The mission was a remarkable success and returned the first detailed observations of gamma-ray emission from within our galaxy.
Published: 17 August 2005
A number of interesting papers have recently been published based on data gathered by INTEGRAL - ESA's gamma-ray observatory. They cover a range of observations covering all the capabilities of the spacecraft.
Published: 16 August 2005
The OMC onboard INTEGRAL was triggered via the INTEGRAL Burst Alert System last week in an attempt to view the optical counterpart to a Gamma-ray Burst. Unfortunately the star alpha Crucis got in the way.
Published: 8 July 2005

The development of the Gaia 1.5 giga-pixel detector plane began last week with the signing of a contract between ESA and e2v Technologies.

Published: 13 June 2005

Images taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board Hubble were combined to create a detailed view of the supernova remnant N 63A, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, showing the impact on the ambient gas clouds.
Published: 7 June 2005

Among INTEGRAL's science goals is the study of objects residing at the centre of our galaxy, and the physical processes at play in this region.
Published: 25 May 2005
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