Indiana University Astronomy and Astrophysics 5 Jan 2010, 14:00 UTC Once every 26 months or so, Mars comes closest to Earth in its orbit around the sun. That time has come again. Mars will reach opposition on Jan. 29, meaning it will be opposite the sun in our sky -- rising in the east around sunset, climbing highest in the south around midnight and setting around sunrise. In telescopes and binoculars, Mars will appear bigger and brighter than it will again until 2012.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 5 Jan 2010, 13:00 UTC For almost two centuries, humans have looked up at a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae and watched with their own eyes as it seemed to disappear into the night sky, slowly fading before coming back to life again.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 4 Jan 2010, 17:00 UTC An elliptical galaxy in the Fornax cluster that contains an ultraluminous X-ray source.
ESO Top News 4 Jan 2010, 14:20 UTC The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has passed a key milestone crucial for the high quality images that will be the trademark of this revolutionary new tool for astronomy. Astronomers and engineers have, for the first time, successfully linked three of the observatory's antennas at the 5000-metre elevation observing site in northern Chile. Having three antennas observing in unison paves the way for precise images of the cool Universe at unprecedented resolution, by providing the missing link to correct errors that arise when only two antennas are used.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 4 Jan 2010, 14:00 UTC Dr. John M. Grunsfeld has been appointed Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md. effective January 4, 2010. He succeeds Dr. Michael Hauser, who stepped down in October. STScI is the science operations center for NASA's orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope planned to be launched in 2014.
Gemini Observatory 4 Jan 2010, 10:00 UTC Resources En Espanol - Version adaptada en Chile Image Credit:J.C. Martin et. al., Gemini Observatory/AURAread more
NASA's Ames Research Center News and Features 4 Jan 2010, 05:00 UTC NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets.
NASA's Ames Research Center News and Features 31 Dec 2009, 05:00 UTC Kepler Mission scientists will reveal the space telescope’s latest discoveries at a news briefing in Washington on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.