Royal Astronomical Society 8 Dec 2009, 14:03 UTC Using the recently updated Hubble Space Telescope (HST) two teams of UK astronomers have identified galaxies which are likely to be the most distant yet seen. The UK teams, one led by Andrew Bunker and Stephen Wilkins at the University of Oxford and the other by Ross McLure and Jim Dunlop at the University of Edinburgh, share their results in forthcoming papers in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Image shows a portion of the Hubble Deep Field, with...
Hubble Space Telescope News 8 Dec 2009, 14:00 UTC The new Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken the deepest image yet of the Universe in near-infrared light. The faintest and reddest objects in the image are likely ...
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 7 Dec 2009, 20:12 UTC A series of diagnostic tests on Spirit's right-rear wheel on sols 2104 and 2105 (Dec. 3 and 4) investigated stalls that occurred on Sol 2099 (Nov. 28) and earlier.
ESO Top News 7 Dec 2009, 11:00 UTC ESO 48/09 - Science Release:An extensive study made with ESO's Very Large Telescope deepens a long-standing mystery in the study of stars similar to the Sun. Unusual year-long variations in the brightness of about one third of all Sun-like stars during the latter stages of their lives still remain unexplained. Over the past few decades, astronomers have offered many possible explanations, but the new, painstaking observations contradict them all and only deepen the mystery. The search for a suitable interpretation is on.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 4 Dec 2009, 20:12 UTC Launch of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is scheduled for Dec. 11.
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics 3 Dec 2009, 14:00 UTC Astronomers from The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and Cardiff University today revealed a new way for members of the public to explore the galaxy.
Indiana University Astronomy and Astrophysics 3 Dec 2009, 14:00 UTC The annual Geminid meteor shower, which will reach its maximum on the night of Dec. 13-14, usually offers the best show of the year, outperforming even the Perseid shower of August. This year the Geminids will peak three days after new moon, so viewing conditions should be favorable. In a clear sky, observers may see more than 100 meteors per hour.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 3 Dec 2009, 13:34 UTC The launch of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) TEXUS 47 rocket on 29 November 2009 at 10:00 from Esrange in Kiruna, northern Sweden, and the successful recovery of its payload was the auspicious conclusion of this years TEXUS research campaign. During the parabolic flight, weightlessness was experienced for nearly seven minutes and scientists conducted biological and materials science experiments.