Category Archives: Space

Uncovering the origins of galaxies’ halos

Dwarf galaxies and star-containing halos in a large spiral galaxy 25 million light-years away from Earth have been identified using a Japanese telescope in Hawaii. Using a Japanese telescope on…

Sentinel-5P liftoff

The atmosphere-monitoring satellite for Europe’s Copernicus programme, Sentinel-5P, lifted off on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) on 13 October 2017.

Geology of the Victoria Quadrangle on Mercury

Mercury, the innermost planet of our Solar System is a grey, barren world to our human eyes. In stark contrast, this map shows a portion of the surface in a…

Splashdown! chasing into martian mud

An impactor smashing into an ice-rich surface gave rise to the complex flow features around this ancient crater on Mars. Impacts of comets and asteroids have shaped the surfaces of…

Window to a watery past on march

This 70 km-wide crater and its surrounds offer a window into the watery past of the Red Planet. The scene, captured by ESA’s Mars Express, is a composite of two…

New landing date for ESA astronaut Tim Peake

ESA astronaut Tim Peake and his crewmates Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra will return to Earth on 18 June, giving them almost two more weeks more in space than their original mission.

Integral sets limits on gamma rays from merging black holes

Following the discovery of gravitational waves from the merging of two black holes, ESA’s Integral satellite has revealed no simultaneous gamma rays, just as models predict.

NASA’s Spitzer Maps Climate Patterns on a Super-Earth

Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have led to the first temperature map of a super-Earth planet — a rocky planet nearly two times as big as ours.

Alluvial Fans in Saheki Crater, Mars

Alluvial fans are gently-sloping wedges of sediments deposited by flowing water.

Caught For The First Time: The Early Flash Of An Exploding Star

The brilliant flash of an exploding star’s shockwave—what astronomers call the “shock breakout”—has been captured for the first time in the optical wavelength or visible light by NASA’s planet-hunter, the Kepler space telescope.