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"Ten Times More Powerful than Hubble!" --Chile's Giant Magellan Telescope Will Search for Earth 2.0 (Today's "Galaxy" Stream)

“We’re seeking to make the most sensitive instrument in the history of mankind,” said Andrew Szentgyorgyi, associate director of the solar, stellar, and planetary sciences division at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “We’re looking to find Earth 2.0.” On a...        

"The Black Hole That Gave Birth to the Universe" -- (Today's "Galaxy" Stream)

The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? Three researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo...        

2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record

Well, it’s official: 2016 was the hottest year globally on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their numbers for the year, and there’s no way to sugar coat this: It’s bad. We've had three consecutive...Show More Summary

#Sentinel2Go launch

Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution: apply to join top Earth experts at the Sentinel launch SocialSpace on 6–7 March in Darmstadt, Germany

NTU successfully launches its 7th satellite into space

(Nanyang Technological University) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has successfully launched its 7th satellite into space from the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday evening.

Image: e.Deorbit's robotic arm

ESA's proposed e.Deorbit mission, shown left, using a robotic arm to catch a derelict satellite – the baseline capture method for what would be the world's first active space debris removal mission, in 2024.

Three new gas giant exoplanets discovered by SuperWASP-South

(—Astronomers report the discovery of three new gas giant planets using the SuperWASP-South Observatory in South Africa. Two of the newly detected alien worlds were classified as the so-called "warm Jupiters," while one of them is most likely a super-Neptune or a sub-Saturn planet. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 13 on the arXiv preprint server.

Successful deep space maneuver for NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

New tracking data confirms that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft aced its first Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) on Dec. 28, 2016. The engine burn sets up the spacecraft for an Earth gravity assist this fall as it continues its two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu.

SmallGEO briefing replay

Replay of SmallGEO media briefing, 18 January at ESA HQ, with ESA DG, Director of Telecommunications Magali Vaissiere, and the SmallGEO first flight partners

Image: ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's first spacewalk

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completed his first spacewalk last Friday together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost's power system.

A catalog of habitable zone exoplanets

The last two decades have seen an explosion of detections of exoplanets, as the sensitivity to smaller planets has dramatically improved thanks especially to the Kepler mission. These discoveries have found that the frequency of planets increases to smaller sizes: terrestrial planets are more common than gas giants. Show More Summary

Mars rover Curiosity examines possible mud cracks

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.

DG media briefing

Replay of ESA Director General Jan Woerner's media briefing at ESA Headquarters in Paris, 18 January

Seizing the future

Technology image of the week: ESA's e.Deorbit mission will be the world's first space debris removal mission

Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA

The European Space Agency announced Wednesday there were "failed" clocks onboard some of the 18 navigation satellites it has launched for Galileo, Europe's beleaguered rival to America's GPS.

"With Alien Eyes" --ALMA Observatory Can Now Study Our Sun Across the Entire Electromagentic Spectrum (VIDEO)

"We’re accustomed to seeing how our Sun appears in visible light, but that can only tell us so much about the dynamic surface and energetic atmosphere of our nearest star,” said Tim Bastian, an astronomer with the National Radio Astronomy...        

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 19 to Thursday January 26

23 hours agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday January 20. Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Aquarius. Mars is just above Venus. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are close in the morning skies with Saturn and Mercury close to the horizon below. Show More Summary

Moon Express raises $20m for 2017 voyage to the moon

Robot spacecraft planned to land on moon’s surface this year Company will become first private enterprise to travel beyond Earth’s orbit A US company has secured funding to become the first private entity to travel to the moon, with a planned 2017 voyage that will be an international milestone in space exploration. Show More Summary

NASA hosts Facebook Live to mark success, future of New Horizons mission

Members of NASA's New Horizons team will discuss the achievements of the first encounter with Pluto and look ahead to the mission's next exploration of the Kuiper Belt during a Facebook Live event at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19—the 11th anniversary of the spacecraft's launch.

Gene Cernan obituary

American astronaut who was the last human being to walk on the moon At 1.54pm on 11 December 1972, Gene Cernan piloted Challenger, Apollo 17’s lunar module, into the Taurus-Littrow valley, near the Sea of Serenity, on the surface of the moon. Show More Summary

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