National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) 2 Jul 2009, 18:00 UTC Using a worldwide combination of diverse telescopes, astronomers have discovered that a giant galaxy's bursts of very high energy gamma rays are coming from a region very close to the supermassive black hole at its core. The discovery provides important new information about the mysterious workings of the powerful "engines" in the centers of innumerable galaxies throughout the Universe.
Arianespace Press Releases 2 Jul 2009, 07:20 UTC Ariane 5 successfully lofted the world’s largest commercial satellite, TerreStar-1, from the Spaceport in French Guiana today – marking another record-setting flight for this workhorse Arianespace vehicle. Lifting off from the ELA-3 launch zone, the Ariane 5 deployed TerreStar-1 into geostationary transfer orbit 26 minutes later.
NASA Breaking News 2 Jul 2009, 04:00 UTC GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has transmitted its first images since reaching lunar orbit June 23. The spacecraft has two cameras -- a low resolution Wide Angle Camera and a high resolution Narrow Angle Camera. Collectively known as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, they were activated June 30. The cameras are working well and have returned images of a region a few kilometers east of Hell E crater in the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium.
ESA Top News 1 Jul 2009, 18:00 UTC Astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory have discovered a black hole weighing more than 500 solar masses, a missing link between lighter stellar-mass and heavier supermassive black holes, in a distant galaxy. This discovery is the best detection to date of a new class that has long been searched for: intermediate mass black holes.
Science and Technology Facilities Council News and Press Releases 1 Jul 2009, 16:17 UTC Millions of would-be galaxies failed to develop after being exposed to intense heat from the first stars and black holes formed in the early Universe, according to new research funded by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.
Indiana University Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 Jul 2009, 14:00 UTC The eastern sky will be crowded before dawn in July. Venus, Mars, the crescent moon and the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters will compete for attention in a series of striking formations. The constellation Taurus the Bull, where all of this will happen, will be hard to recognize.
ESO Top News 1 Jul 2009, 11:00 UTC ESO 24/09 - Photo Release:Astronomers have unveiled an unprecedented new atlas of the inner regions of the Milky Way, our home galaxy, peppered with thousands of previously undiscovered dense knots of cold cosmic dust - the potential birthplaces of new stars. Made using observations from the APEX telescope in Chile, this survey is the largest map of cold dust so far, and will prove an invaluable map for observations made with the forthcoming ALMA telescope, as well as the recently launched ESA Herschel space telescope.
International Year of Astronomy Press Releases 1 Jul 2009, 08:00 UTC As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) reaches its six-month milestone, over a million people have already looked at the sky through a telescope for the first time, and even more have newly engaged in astronomy. This is just one of many achievements, as countless ongoing projects and planned initiatives indicate that the IYA2009 is well on the way towards achieving many of its goals.
ESA Top News 30 Jun 2009, 15:32 UTC An estimated 150 people attended the third Portuguese Space Forum that took place today at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva in Lisbon; a sign of the growing importance of the space industry in Portugal. This one-day event was opened by Mariano Gago, Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education and Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General. In his opening remarks, Jean-Jacques Dordain said, “There are no small countries for ESA. All Member States are important. Today, nine years after Portugal joined ESA, Portugal is present in almost all ESA programmes. Therefore, we at ESA cannot do without Portugal anymore”. Image: Jean-Jacques Dordain (Director General of ESA) with José Mariano Gago (Portuguese Minister of Science Technology and Higher Education)