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Thanks to data from Venus Express we have the best idea yet of how Venus' atmosphere works, but there is still a long way to go, delegates at this year's International Venus Conference will be told.
Published: 22 June 2010
A spectacular new Hubble image - one of the largest ever released of a star-forming region - highlights N11, part of a complex network of gas clouds and star clusters within our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Published: 22 June 2010
A long-sought-after emission line of oxygen, carrying the imprint of strong gravitational fields, has been discovered in the XMM-Newton spectrum of an exotic binary system.
Published: 21 June 2010
New and detailed observations from Hubble have provided insights into two recent events on Jupiter: the mysterious flash of light seen on 3 June and the recent disappearance of the planet's dark Southern Equatorial Belt.
Published: 16 June 2010
The CoRoT team has detected six new exoplanets and one brown dwarf. The detection of one of the new exoplanets, a difficult type of target for these searches, marks a significant achievement for the CoRoT team.
Published: 14 June 2010
More than 1000 scientists are now registered to access the Cluster Active Archive (CAA), the online database of the Cluster mission. On average, the amount of data downloaded every month by these scientists exceeds 1 Terabyte.
Published: 3 June 2010
Two Hubble observations taken ten years apart have revealed, for the first time ever, the tiny apparent motions of several hundred young stars within one of our Galaxy's most compact stellar clusters: the NGC 3603 Young Cluster.
Published: 2 June 2010
The discovery of two massive galaxy clusters, made possible thanks to a new, novel observing mode on XMM-Newton, opens a new window to study the Universe's largest bound structures ....
Published: 31 May 2010
The first in-flight Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Open Time (OT1) observations with the Herschel Space Observatory has been issued. The OT1 call solicits proposals from the worldwide astronomical community and offers 6592 hours of Herschel observing time. The deadline for proposal submissions is: 22 July 2010 at 12:00 UT.
Published: 21 May 2010
Dr. Maria Gritsevich, an International Research Fellow in the Research & Scientific Support Department of ESA at ESTEC in the Netherlands, has received a gold medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences. The medal, granted to the best young scientist of the past year in the field of Problems of mechanical engineering, mechanics and control processes, recognises the extensive work accomplished by Gritsevich during her PhD studies at the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Published: 20 May 2010
The Second International X-ray Observatory (IXO) Science Meeting, held at the Cité Universitaire in Paris, and attended by almost 200 participants, provided a timely opportunity to review the progress that has been made on IXO in a number of areas.
Published: 18 May 2010
Observations with XMM-Newton and Chandra have provided a robust detection of a vast reservoir of intergalactic gas about 400 million light years from Earth.
Published: 11 May 2010
A heavy runaway star is rushing away from a nearby stellar nursery at more than 400 000 kilometres per hour, a speed that would get you to the Moon and back in two hours.
Published: 11 May 2010
New images from ESA's Herschel space observatory reveal high-mass protostars around two ionised regions in our Galaxy. The detection of these rare stars in an early phase of evolution is key to understanding the mysterious formation of massive stars.
Published: 6 May 2010
The discovery of a previously unresolved population of galaxies in the GOODS fields and the first measurements of properties of galaxies in the almost unexplored far-infrared domain are among the first exciting scientific results achieved by Herschel's PACS and SPIRE instruments. These findings confirm the extraordinary capabilities of ESA's new infrared space observatory to investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies.
Published: 6 May 2010
Herschel's HIFI instrument was especially designed to follow the water trail in the Universe over a wide range of scales, from the Solar System out to extragalactic sources. Early results, presented this week at the Herschel First Results Symposium, demonstrate how HIFI uses water to probe the physical and chemical conditions in different regions of the cosmos.
Published: 6 May 2010
The James Webb Space Telescope has passed its most significant mission milestone to date, the Mission Critical Design Review. This signifies that the integrated observatory will meet all science and engineering requirements for its mission.
Published: 3 May 2010
The latest edition of the 2XMM catalogue boasts an additional 42 000 entries, bringing the total to over a quarter of a million X-ray sources. This unprecedented cosmic X-ray library is a valuable resource allowing astronomers to explore the extreme Universe.
Published: 28 April 2010
The processes involved in star formation can be disentangled using the power of multi-frequency observations. New images from Planck reveal the interstellar medium and isolate the physical processes at work in our Galaxy.
Published: 26 April 2010
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For more than a decade, mysterious, high-speed plasma jets have been observed in space, downstream of the Earth's bow shock. The underlying formation mechanism for these jets has now been unveiled, thanks to data collected by the four ESA Cluster satellites.
Published: 23 April 2010
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