Astronomy News

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NASA Universe

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ESA Space

  • A space ant fires its lasers

    A rare phenomenon connected to the death of a star has been discovered in observations made by ESA’s Herschel space observatory: an unusual laser emission from the spectacular Ant Nebula, which suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at its heart.

  • Call for media: Meet Europe’s exoplanet satellite Cheops

    *Please note this event has been postponed until October. Revised details will be provided nearer the time*

Sky and Telescope



  • 3 NASA Satellites Recreate Solar Eruption in 3-D

    The more solar observatories, the merrier: Scientists have developed new models to see how shocks associated with coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, propagate from the Sun - an effort made possible only by combining data from three NASA satellites to produce a much more robust mapping of a CME than any one could do alone.

  • Magnetic coil springs accelerate particles on the Sun

    In April and July 2014, the Sun emitted three jets of energetic particles into space, that were quite exceptional: the particle flows contained such high amounts of iron and helium-3, a rare variety of helium, as have been observed only few times before. STEREO observations enabled researchers to determine the sources of these energetic particles.

European Southern Observatory

  • ALMA and VLT Find Evidence for Stars Forming Just 250 Million Years After Big Bang
    Astronomers have used observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to determine that star formation in the very distant galaxy MACS1149-JD1 started at an unexpectedly early stage, only 250 million years after the Big Bang. This discovery also represents the most distant oxygen ever detected in the Universe and the most distant galaxy ever observed by ALMA or the VLT. The results will appear in the journal Nature on 17 May 2018.
  • Exiled Asteroid Discovered in Outer Reaches of Solar System
    An international team of astronomers has used ESO telescopes to investigate a relic of the primordial Solar System. The team found that the unusual Kuiper Belt Object 2004 EW95 is a carbon-rich asteroid, the first of its kind to be confirmed in the cold outer reaches of the Solar System. This curious object likely formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has been flung billions of kilometres from its origin to its current home in the Kuiper Belt.