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NASA's SDO sees partial eclipse in space

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted almost an hour, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the sun's face.

Week In Images

Our week through the lens: 22-26 May 2017

Image: Sequence of Juno spacecraft's close approach to Jupiter

This sequence of enhanced-color images shows how quickly the viewing geometry changes for NASA's Juno spacecraft as it swoops by Jupiter. The images were obtained by JunoCam.

Australian satellite in orbit

The first Australian satellite in 15 years, UNSW-EC0, was successfully deployed from the International Space Station, and UNSW engineers are working to make contact when it next passes above Sydney.

New Horizons deploys global team for rare look at next flyby target

On New Year's Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will race past a small Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 – making this rocky remnant of planetary formation the farthest object ever encountered by any spacecraft.

Russian wildfires

Earth observation image of the week: wildfires in the boreal forests of eastern Russia, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme

Astronomers Observe Birth of a Massive 'LIGO-Sized' Black Hole in Realtime --"First Ever Witnessed" (VIDEO)

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), and NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to go looking for remnants of the...        

Engines of twingenuity: NASA's twin study investigators have a meeting of the minds

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) NASA's Twins Study investigators met in Houston this week to discuss findings from the final data collections.

First Juno science results supported by University of Leicester's Jupiter 'forecast'

New observations about the extreme conditions of Jupiter's weather and magnetic fields by University of Leicester astronomers have contributed to the revelations and insights coming from the first close passes of Jupiter by NASA's Juno mission, announced today (25 May).

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Waltzing Through the Universe

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block brings us more of his stunning images of the universe—this time of cosmic dances through space.

NASA Reveals 'Stunning' Jupiter Juno-Mission Science Discoveries --"Swirling Polar Storms the Size of Mars"

"What we've learned so far is earth-shattering. Or should I say, Jupiter-shattering," said Bolton, Juno's principal investigator. "Discoveries about its core, composition, magnetosphere, and poles are as stunning as the photographs the mission is generating." NASA's Juno mission, led by...        

FRB's --"Strange Signals from Alien Worlds" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

Fast Radio Bursts are millisecond-duration pulses of unknown origin that were discovered by pulsar astronomers in 2007. A decade on from the discovery, with only 20 further bursts currently known, fast radio bursts remain enigmatic sources which parallel the early...        

Hyper-Growth Galaxies from Early Universe --"Formed in Unusual Regions of the Cosmos"

An international team of astronomers has discovered a new kind of galaxy which, although extremely old--formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang--creates stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way. "Very likely it...        

First Juno science results supported by University of Leicester's Jupiter 'forecast'

(University of Leicester) Astronomers publish predictions of planetary phenomena on Jupiter that informed spacecraft's arrival.

First results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) On Aug. 27, 2016, the Juno spacecraft made its first close pass around our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, obtaining insights into its atmosphere and interior that challenge previous assumptions.

Juno mission to Jupiter delivers first science results

NASA's Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute's Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter since July 2016, passing within 3,000 miles of the equatorial cloudtops.

Collapsing star gives birth to a black hole

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), and NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to go looking for remnants of the vanquished star, only to find that it disappeared out of sight.

New Neliota project detects flashes from lunar impacts

Using a system developed under an ESA contract, the Greek NELIOTA project has begun to detect flashes of light caused by small pieces of rock striking the moon's surface. NELIOTA is the first system that can determine the temperature of these impact flashes.

Methanol detected for first time around young star

Methanol, a key building block for the complex organic compounds that comprise life, has been detected for the first time in the protoplanetary disk of a young, distant star. This finding could help scientists better understand the chemistry occurring during a planet's formation that could ultimately lead to the emergence of life.

NASA moves up launch of Psyche mission to a metal asteroid

Psyche, NASA's Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026—four years earlier than the original timeline.

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