Science Results

Science Results

Venus Express' discovery of a tenuous layer of ozone in the atmosphere of Venus poses new challenges to the chemical characterisation of planetary atmospheres.
Published: 6 October 2011
Herschel has found the first evidence of Earth-like water in a comet; this promises to reopen the debate on the role of comets in delivering water to our planet.
Published: 5 October 2011
New analysis of data sent back by the SPICAM spectrometer on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has revealed for the first time that the planet's atmosphere is supersaturated with water vapour.
Published: 29 September 2011
New insights into the processes by which stars age have been revealed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which is providing unprecedented images of the complex, outer structure of a nearby circumstellar envelope.
Published: 20 September 2011
Herschel's deep galaxy survey reveals that, contrary to previous belief, most stars in cosmic history did not form through violent mergers but via steady and gentle processes.
Published: 13 September 2011
[06/09/2011]
Bright auroral displays are caused by a phenomenon known as a geomagnetic substorm, but the origin of these substorms has been debated for decades. New computer simulations, allied to analysis of data from ESA's Cluster spacecraft, are now filling in many of the missing pieces in the puzzle.
Published: 6 September 2011
Scrutinising Active Galactic Nuclei with INTEGRAL, astronomers have found an unexpected excess of hard X-ray emission which reopens the debate on the nature of these powerful sources.
Published: 2 August 2011
Herschel has found the first robust evidence of molecular oxygen in the Orion Nebula, shedding new light on where most interstellar oxygen might be 'hidden'.
Published: 1 August 2011
Herschel has detected water in a huge torus around Saturn, which is supplied by its moon Enceladus and, in part, precipitates into the atmosphere of Saturn.
Published: 26 July 2011
Astronomers have detected a surprisingly large amount of dust in the remnant of supernova SN1987A, located in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud, shedding new light on the mechanisms that produce dust in galaxies.
Published: 7 July 2011
[04/07/2011]
New insights into the processes that modify high speed plasma flows, or jets, have been provided by rare in situ measurements of these streams of ionised particles, made by the four Cluster spacecraft.
Published: 4 July 2011
ESA's INTEGRAL gamma-ray observatory has provided results that will dramatically affect the search for physics beyond Einstein. It has shown that any underlying quantum 'graininess' of space must be at much smaller scales than previously predicted.
Published: 30 June 2011
Astronomers using XMM-Newton have captured a neutron star undergoing a rare, intense flare, which may have been produced when the star ingested a massive clump of matter.
Published: 28 June 2011
New results from Cassini-Huygens provide the strongest evidence yet for the existence of large-scale saltwater reservoirs beneath Enceladus' icy crust.
Published: 22 June 2011
CoRoT's detection of ten new exoplanets, including a system of two Neptune-like objects, reveal a diverse population of planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun.
Published: 14 June 2011
Herschel's detection of molecular gas outflows in merging galaxies proves that feedback processes can exhaust the galactic gas supply for creating stars and feeding the black hole.
Published: 9 May 2011
An intricate network of filamentary structure, exposed in extraordinary detail by Herschel, has provided new evidence for how stars form from the diffuse interstellar medium.
Published: 13 April 2011
Using the amplifying power of a cosmic gravitational lens, Abell 383, astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy whose stars were born unexpectedly early in cosmic history.
Published: 12 April 2011
New analysis of images taken by ESA's Venus Express orbiter has revealed surprising details about the remarkable, shape-shifting collar of clouds that swirls around the planet's South Pole.
Published: 7 April 2011
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
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