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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
Twenty-five years ago, ESA made its mark in deep space. A small spacecraft swept to within 600 km of Halley's comet. The Giotto probe was nearly destroyed by the encounter but what it saw changed our picture of comets forever.
Published: 11 March 2011
The first calibrated measurements of solar irradiance made by the LYRA instrument on ESA's second PROBA (PRoject for On-Board Autonomy) satellite are now available to the scientific community.
Published: 10 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
Looking ahead to the next decade of scientific exploration, ESA has selected four candidates for a medium-class mission that will launch in the period 2020-22.
Published: 25 February 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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Cluster is providing new insights into the processes that generate Earth's auroras (and those of other planets). Flying in formation above the planet's poles, the spacecraft are gathering the first multi-point observations of auroral nurseries.
Published: 1 February 2011
Pushing the Hubble Space Telescope to the limit of its technical ability, an international collaboration of astronomers have found what is likely to be the most distant and ancient galaxy ever seen.
Published: 26 January 2011
The fourth instrument workshop for the Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM), a candidate L-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision science plan, was held on 26-29 July 2010 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California, USA.
Published: 24 January 2011
The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, invites proposals for establishing International Teams to conduct on its premises research activities in Space Sciences, based on the interdisciplinary analysis and evaluation of data from spacecraft and possible integration with ground data and theoretical models.
Published: 18 January 2011
Key components of the ESA-led Mercury mapper BepiColombo have been tested in ESA's specially upgraded Large Space Simulator, which is now the only facility capable of reproducing Mercury's hellish environment for a full-scale spacecraft.
Published: 18 January 2011
Teaming up with other telescopes monitoring the Crab Nebula, ESA's INTEGRAL observatory has made a significant contribution to demonstrating that this source, previously believed to be a standard candle, might not be so reliable, after all. The small, but measurable dimming of what was until now considered to be one of the brightest and, most...
Published: 12 January 2011
Thanks to its broad spectral coverage and very high sensitivity, Planck is peering deep into the interstellar medium of the Milky Way and discovering new components and physical mechanisms taking place therein.
Published: 11 January 2011
The Planck Collaboration presents the first science results to emerge from the mission, covering compact and diffuse foreground emission sources, at a conference this week.
Published: 11 January 2011
The first all-sky survey of galaxy clusters detected via the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect is amongst the highlights presented by the Planck Collaboration at a conference held from 10 to 14 January 2011 in Paris, France. The survey, which has benefited from a fruitful collaboration with ESA's XMM-Newton observatory, probes a wide range of cluster masses and other properties, which is unprecedented for a Sunyaev-Zel'dovich sample. Along with the first results enabled by the survey, the Early Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Cluster sample is being publicly released, providing the community with a robust data set for further studies and follow-up observations of galaxy clusters.
Published: 11 January 2011
While targeting the Cosmic Microwave Background, Planck has also captured another important diffuse radiation, the Cosmic Infrared Background, which consists of the light emitted by all galaxies since their formation. This signal, detected by Planck at submillimetre wavelengths, exhibits a high degree of structure and enables astronomers to investigate the still unclear link between star-forming galaxies and the underlying distribution of dark matter, up to the earliest phases of the formation of cosmic structure. This result is amongst the highlights presented by the Planck Collaboration at a conference held from 10 to 14 January 2011 in Paris, France.
Published: 11 January 2011
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