NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 12 Aug 2009, 17:40 UTC A new study from two of NASA's Great Observatories provides fresh insight into how some stars are born, along with a beautiful new image of a stellar nursery in our Milky Way galaxy.
Gemini Observatory 11 Aug 2009, 18:12 UTC While far from a tropical rain forest, the equatorial region of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has recently displayed tantalizing evidence that the parched, dry, ultra-frigid desert can support large-scale storms. The research, to be published in the August 13, 2009 issue of the journal Nature, announces the discovery of significant cloud formation (about three million square kilometers) within the moon’s tropical zone near its equator. Prior to this event (in April 2008) it was not known whether significant cloud formation was possible in Titan’s tropical regions.
ESA Top News 11 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC ESA PR 18-2009. ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori from Italy has been assigned as a Mission Specialist to Space Shuttle mission STS-134, which is currently scheduled for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in July or September 2010. This mission will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the Station.
NASA Breaking News 11 Aug 2009, 04:00 UTC NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-134 to the International Space Station.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 10 Aug 2009, 19:08 UTC NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is investigating a metallic meteorite the size of a large watermelon that is providing researchers more details about the Red Planet's environmental history.
IAU Press Releases 10 Aug 2009, 18:00 UTC One of the hottest topics at this year’s XXVIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil involves the study of the astrophysical conditions favourable for the development and survival of primordial life. New research shows that compared to middle-aged stars like the Sun, newly formed stars spin faster generating strong magnetic fields that result in emission of more intense levels of X-rays, ultraviolet rays and charged particles ― all of which could wreak havoc on budding atmospheres and have a dramatic effect on the development of emerging life forms.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 10 Aug 2009, 17:00 UTC NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence of a high-speed collision between two burgeoning planets around a young star.
Royal Astronomical Society 10 Aug 2009, 12:27 UTC Amateur astronomers across the UK are preparing to tweet the world’s first mass participation meteor star party, as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). Led by Newbury Astronomical Society, the Twitter Meteorwatch will take place from the evening of Tuesday 11th until the morning of 13th August 2009, covering the peak of the Perseids meteor shower.
ESA Top News 10 Aug 2009, 09:00 UTC Mars may not be as dormant as scientists once thought. The 2004 discovery of methane means that either there is life on Mars, or that volcanic activity continues to generate heat below the martian surface. ESA plans to find out which it is. Either outcome is big news for a planet once thought to be biologically and geologically inactive.