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"The Little Bee" --China Launches 1st Telescope That Mimics Compound Eyes of a Bee to Detect Powerful Explosions in Distant Galaxies

A square-shaped probe, POLAR (Polarimetry of Gamma-ray Bursts), dubbed as "Little Bee" atop China's second space lab, Tiangong-2, an experimental space lab launched by China with two astronauts, is currently orbiting the Earth searching for the strongest explosions in the...

Fifteen years of Proba-1

Technology image of the week: ESA's original technology demonstration minisatellite, still going strong, images an Arctic river delta

The Sun's Motion Reflected in the Universe

Even after all this time — 13.8 billion years, give or take — hydrogen still dominates the Universe. It’s the simplest element, and the most abundant. It fuels the stars, which convert it into heavier elements like helium, iron, calcium, and more. Show More Summary

The oldest star cluster in Tarantula Nebula even older than previously thought, study finds

(—The Hubble Space Telescope Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project (HTTP) survey has revealed new insights on the star formation history of the oldest star cluster in the Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus), designated Hodge 301. Show More Summary

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Operations image of the week: ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter swings into orbit around the Red Planet

International Space Station passes by Venus and Saturn

Look west in the evening sky and Venus is almost impossible to miss, shining with a brilliant steady light. In fact, it is so bright it's often mistaken for a plane.

Trilobites: Lighting Up the Night Skies

Australian astronomers produced a Gleamoscope that dials up visions of the skies from instruments using different varieties of electromagnetic radiation.

Australian desert telescope views sky in radio technicolor

(International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research) A telescope located deep in the West Australian outback has shown what the Universe would look like if human eyes could see radio waves.The 'GLEAM' survey is a catalogue of 300,000 galaxies observed by the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a $50 million radio telescope located at a remote site north-east of Geraldton.

Dream coming true for ISS-bound rookie French astronaut

First-time French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said Wednesday he was thrilled to go to space with two veterans from Russia and US, though slightly worried that they wouldn't like his saxophone music.

OU-led team discovers rare, newborn tri-star system using ALMA

(University of Oklahoma) A rare triple-star system surrounded by a disk with a spiral structure has been discovered by a University of Oklahoma-led research team.

Young stellar system caught in act of forming close multiples

(National Radio Astronomy Observatory) ALMA and VLA combine to reveal fragmentation occurring in dusty disk surrounding protostars, supporting idea that this is one of two mechanisms that produce multiple-star systems.

Young stellar system caught in act of forming close multiples

For the first time, astronomers have seen a dusty disk of material around a young star fragmenting into a multiple-star system. Scientists had suspected such a process, caused by gravitational instability, was at work, but new observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed the process in action.

Astronomers use observations of a gravitationally lensed galaxy to measure the properties of the early universe

Although the universe started out with a bang it quickly evolved to a relatively cool, dark place. After a few hundred thousand years the lights came back on and scientists are still trying to figure out why.

Feeling the rhythm

Many astronauts play instruments, and some have even made music in space. Few have danced in space, though, perhaps because crew members find it difficult to tap their toes when weightless. Or it could be that spending time in space throws off their rhythm - at least their circadian rhythm.

UK achieves success in European space competitions with top prize and 4 major awards

(University of Strathclyde) The University of Strathclyde has emerged as the winner of Europe's biggest space technology innovation competitions, that recognize great ideas with commercial potential.

Solved! --"Mysterious Phenomena of Earth's 100,000-Year Ice Age Cycle"

Our planet's ice ages used to occur at intervals of every 40,000 years, which made sense to scientists as the Earth's seasons vary in a predictable way, with colder summers occurring at these intervals.However there was a point, about a...

Shared vision and goals for the future of Europe in space

A ‘Joint Statement on Shared Vision and Goals for the Future of European Space’ was signed by ESA Director General Jan Woerner and European Commissioner El?bieta Bie?kowksa in Brussels today.

Ancient Quasars Cast Light on Mysteries of the Cosmic Web

An international collaboration of astronomers, led by a group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, has used the unrivalled observing power of MUSE on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO's Paranal Observatory to study...

How Just Three Stars Light Up a Stellar Nursery

Today I’m going to toss a little bit of math your way. If you’re an arithmophobe, never fear: It’s mostly just me throwing around some gee-whiz numbers, and I’ll help you swallow this medicine with the sweet, sweet eye candy above. That...Show More Summary

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