ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
For the first time, scientists have resolved the detailed structure of the core region where magnetic reconnection takes place in the magnetosphere of Earth using unprecedented wave measurements. The study, based on data from ESA's Cluster mission, has mapped different types of electrostatic waves in this region. The waves trace populations of...
Published: 2 May 2013
The Netherlands, Poland, and Romania have all become Participating States in PRODEX. The declarations were signed on 21 November, 2012, following the ESA Council at Ministerial Level, opening the door for all three countries to become involved in projects through the PRODEX office.
Published: 1 May 2013
The Herschel space observatory has exhausted its supply of liquid helium, after more than three years of observations and revelations about how galaxies, stars, and planets form and evolve. Ground-breaking discoveries are in store for years to come.
Published: 29 April 2013
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have shown for the first time that bursts of star formation have a major impact far beyond the boundaries of their host galaxy.
Published: 25 April 2013
Herschel has yielded proof that almost all the water in Jupiter's stratosphere was delivered by comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which impacted the planet in 1994. The new Herschel map shows more water in Jupiter's southern hemisphere, where the impacts occurred, than in the north.
Published: 23 April 2013
The "PLATO 2.0 Science Workshop" will be held at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, on 29-31 July, 2013. The workshop is open to the interested community and will examine the impact that PLATO will make on all areas of exoplanet, stellar, and legacy science areas.
Published: 19 April 2013
To celebrate its 23rd year in orbit, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released a stunning new image of one of the most distinctive objects in our skies: the Horsehead Nebula.
Published: 19 April 2013
ESA's Herschel space observatory has discovered an extremely distant galaxy making stars more than 2000 times faster than our own Milky Way. Seen at a time when the Universe was less than a billion years old, its mere existence challenges our theories of galaxy evolution.
Published: 17 April 2013
A new study has revealed that bursty bulk flows - fast streams of plasma launched towards Earth during magnetic substorms - are more important than previously thought and can carry one third of the total energy that brightens aurorae.
Published: 10 April 2013
ESA's Herschel space observatory has provided the first images of a dust belt - produced by colliding comets or asteroids - orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary system.
Published: 9 April 2013
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has broken the record in the quest to find the furthest supernova of the type used to measure cosmic distances. This supernova exploded more than 10 billion years ago (redshift 1.914), at a time the Universe was in its early formative years and stars were being born at a rapid rate.
Published: 4 April 2013
Cosmologists have used data from Planck to reveal the distribution of dark matter across 13 billion years of cosmic history, as seen projected on the sky. This image was created by analysing the gravitational lensing effect imprinted by cosmic structure on the Cosmic Microwave Background.
Published: 2 April 2013
Astronomers have watched as a black hole woke up from a decades-long slumber to feed on a low-mass object - either a brown dwarf or a giant planet - that strayed too close. A similar feeding event, albeit on a gas cloud, will soon happen at the black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way Galaxy.
Published: 2 April 2013
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of spiral galaxy Messier 77, one of the most famous and well-studied galaxies in the sky.
Published: 28 March 2013
In this new view of a vast star-forming cloud called W3, ESA's Herschel space observatory tells the story of how massive stars are born.
Published: 27 March 2013
Planck's first all-sky image of the Cosmic Microwave Background is the most precise picture of the early Universe so far. Whilst the data agree well with the standard model of cosmology, the great quality of this image highlights significant anomalies challenging the foundations of our current understanding of the Universe.
Published: 21 March 2013
The Director of Science and Robotic Exploration has released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for membership in the science team of the Gaia mission. The AO is open to all scientists from institutions located in ESA Member States. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 30 April 2013.
Published: 20 March 2013
ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope has helped to identify a star and a black hole that orbit each other at the dizzying rate of once every 2.4 hours, smashing the previous record by nearly an hour.
Published: 19 March 2013
For the first time, astronomers have detected far-infrared emission from jets in a black-hole binary system. Since this emission arises from the base of the jets, the observations are a crucial addition to the understanding of black-hole jets.
Published: 12 March 2013
The scientific community is invited to submit proposals for Participating Scientists (PS) to the Cassini-Huygens mission. This Announcement of Opportunity is published jointly by ESA, NASA, and ASI. This year proposals are being taken via a two-step process. Step-1 proposals are required. The deadline for submission of Step-1 proposals is 26...
Published: 8 March 2013
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