Science Results

Science Results

New Herschel images reveal the debris disc around the star Fomalhaut in its full glory. By probing the glow of dust in the disc, these data suggest that it consists of 'fluffy' aggregates of dust grains produced by cometary collisions.
Published: 11 April 2012
Despite the absence of a large magnetosphere, the near-Venus environment exhibits a number of similarities with planets such as Earth. The latest, surprising, example is the evidence for magnetic reconnection in Venus' induced magnetotail.
Published: 5 April 2012
Sub-millimetre observations of 2M1207, a brown dwarf with its own circumstellar disc and a planetary companion five times more massive than Jupiter, reopen the debate on how giant planets form around stellar and sub-stellar objects.
Published: 13 March 2012
[07/03/2012]
Findings from a new study, using data from Cluster and Mars Express, reaffirm the importance of the Earth's magnetic field in protecting our atmosphere from the solar wind.
Published: 7 March 2012
Astronomers have discovered that black-hole driven ultra-fast outflows are common in active galaxies, and they are massive and powerful enough to provide the feedback required by galactic evolution models.
Published: 27 February 2012
Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have come up with a new class of planet, a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. It's smaller than Uranus but larger than Earth.
Published: 21 February 2012
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have found a cluster of young blue stars surrounding a mid-sized black hole called HLX-1.
Published: 15 February 2012
ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has discovered that our cloud-covered neighbour spins a little slower than previously measured. Peering through the dense atmosphere in the infrared, the orbiter found surface features were not quite where they should be.
Published: 10 February 2012
The MARSIS radar instrument on board ESA's Mars Express orbiter has discovered a subsurface blanket of low density material around the north polar cap.
Published: 6 February 2012
Astronomers have resolved, for the first time, the Vela pulsar wind nebula in the hard X-ray band and have exploited a special imaging technique to reveal a never-before-seen component of the source.
Published: 25 January 2012
Detailed analysis of radar observations gathered during Cassini flybys of cloud-shrouded Titan provide new insight about its exotic dunes.
Published: 23 January 2012
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development, making it the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early Universe.
Published: 10 January 2012
INTEGRAL data reveal the individual processes contributing to the diffuse hard X-ray and soft gamma-ray emission produced by cosmic ray electrons in the Milky Way.
Published: 21 December 2011
Astronomers have used XMM-Newton and other telescopes to uncover an unusually slow X-ray pulsar still nestled in the remains of the supernova that created it.
Published: 20 December 2011
The Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) has recently completed a subsurface sounding campaign over the planet's North Pole.
Published: 14 December 2011
[16/11/2011]
A new study has revealed the narrow width of Earth's bow shock - only 17 kilometres across - and sheds new light on particle injection mechanisms in cosmic accelerators.
Published: 16 November 2011
Using its infrared vision to peer nine billion years back in time, the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are brimming with star formation
Published: 10 November 2011
A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc - a brightly glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy's central black hole.
Published: 4 November 2011
On 10 July 2010, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft flew past asteroid Lutetia, one of the largest objects orbiting within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Rosetta's encounter revealed an intriguing object which has survived since the birth of the planets.
Published: 27 October 2011
The detection of cold water vapour in a protoplanetary disc hints at a hidden reservoir of water ice amounting to several thousand terrestrial oceans.
Published: 20 October 2011
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