Category Archives: Space/ AstroPhysics

Sahara snow

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has captured rare snowfall in northwest Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara desert. Part of the Sahara was covered with snow on 7 January 2018,…

Rosetta and Planck Honored in Royal Astronomical Society Awards

ESA’s Matt Taylor has been awarded the 2018 Service Award for Geophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society for his outstanding contribution to the Rosetta mission, while the Planck mission has…

Heavenly palace

This vivid image shows China’s space station Tiangong-1 – the name means ‘heavenly palace’ – and was captured by French astrophotographer Alain Figer on 27 November 2017. It was taken from a…

Columbus stripped

Inside the cylindrical modules of the International Space Station is the standard stuff of technology. Wires, cables and pumps form the framework of the one-of-a-kind European Columbus laboratory, seen here in…

Ultrafine fibers have exceptional strength

New technique developed at MIT could produce strong, resilient nanofibers for many applications. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Researchers at MIT have developed a process that can produce ultrafine fibers — whose…

The Sun in 2017

This montage of 365 images shows the changing activity of our Sun through the eyes of ESA’s Proba-2 satellite during 2017, along with a partial eclipse for good measure. The images were…

GAIA’s view of our galactic neighbours

Measuring the positions and motions of more than a billion stars, ESA’s Gaia mission will refine our knowledge about our place in the Universe, providing the best ever star chart…

Gaia sky scan

This colourful streamer is created from real data that represents the viewing direction of ESA’s Gaia satellite as it scans across the sky. Gaia’s mission is to make the largest,…

Accessing Copernicus data made easier

Thanks to the European Union’s Copernicus programme, vast quantities of satellite data are freely available to manage the environment and benefit European citizens. While this offers a wealth of opportunities,…

ESA’s next satellite propelled by Butane

ESA’s next miniature satellite will be its first able to change orbit. Thanks to a compact thruster resembling a butane cigarette lighter, the cereal box-sized satellite will fly around its…