ESA Science & Technology 20 Mar 2018, 10:49 UTC ARIEL, the Atmospheric Remote‐sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large‐survey mission, was selected by ESA today as part of its Cosmic Vision plan. The mission addresses one of the key themes of Cosmic Vision: What are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life?
Royal Astronomical Society 19 Mar 2018, 17:23 UTC New research finds that 'Oumuamua, the rocky object identified as the first confirmed interstellar asteroid, very likely came from a binary star system.
ESA Top News 19 Mar 2018, 08:05 UTC The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant some 6500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Taurus. At the centre of the nebula is a pulsar – the remnant of a star that exploded to form the nebula. The pulsar rotates around 30 times a second, sweeping a beam of radio waves across the Galaxy. Some of the material surrounding the pulsar was ejected before the star exploded, and the rest was expelled during the supernova.
Planetary Science Institute 19 Mar 2018, 07:00 UTC Large cyclones have been discovered clustered around Jupiter’s poles by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The circumpolar cyclones were discovered on Juno’s first pass over Jupiter’s poles, and subsequent data has revealed how remarkably stable they are. The circumpolar cyclones ring a single cyclone at each pole.
MIT 19 Mar 2018, 03:59 UTC On Nov. 11, 2014, a global network of telescopes picked up signals from 300 million light years away that were created by a tidal disruption flare — an explosion of electromagnetic energy that occurs when a black hole rips apart a passing star. Since this discovery, astronomers have trained other telescopes on this very rare event to learn more about how black holes devour matter and regulate the growth of galaxies.
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 15 Mar 2018, 16:53 UTC VegaC will be launched with the new P120 engine, common to all the ESA launcher family, which is in an advanced phase of development. The new second stage Zefiro40 engine has been successfully tested last week in Sardinia.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 15 Mar 2018, 14:39 UTC NASA has powered on its latest space payload to continue long-term measurements of the Sun's incoming energy. Total and Spectral solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1), installed on the International Space Station, became fully operational with all instruments collecting science data as of this March.