ESO Top News 18 Jul 2018, 10:00 UTC ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has achieved first light with a new adaptive optics mode called laser tomography — and has captured remarkably sharp test images of the planet Neptune, star clusters and other objects. The pioneering MUSE instrument in Narrow-Field Mode, working with the GALACSI adaptive optics module, can now use this new technique to correct for turbulence at different altitudes in the atmosphere. It is now possible to capture images from the ground at visible wavelengths that are sharper than those from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
ESA Space Science 18 Jul 2018, 06:13 UTC As Japan’s Hayabusa2 drew closer to its target Ryugu asteroid, a strange new planetoid came into view – but one with a somewhat familiar shape. This distinct ‘spinning top’ asteroid class has been seen repeatedly in recent years, and might give a foretaste of things to come for ESA’s proposed Hera mission.
ESA Top News 17 Jul 2018, 13:00 UTC It was 21 March 2013. The world’s scientific press had either gathered in ESA’s Paris headquarters or logged in online, along with a multitude of scientists around the globe, to witness the moment when ESA’s Planck mission revealed its ‘image’ of the cosmos. This image was taken not with visible light but with microwaves.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 16 Jul 2018, 17:22 UTC As NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up its groundbreaking 11-year mission, which has included two successful extended missions at Ceres, it will continue to explore -- collecting images and other data.
ESA Top News 16 Jul 2018, 10:25 UTC At first glance this frame is flooded with salt-and-pepper static – but don’t adjust your set! Rather than being tiny grains or pixels of TV noise, every single point of light in this image is actually a distant galaxy as observed by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory. Each of these minute marks represents the ‘heat’ emanating from dust grains lying between the stars of each galaxy. This radiation has taken many billions of years to reach us, and in most cases was emitted well before the Solar System and the Earth had even formed.
MIT 13 Jul 2018, 15:30 UTC For the first time, scientists from around the world have detected a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos — subatomic particles, produced in the aftermath of explosive astrophysical phenomena, that streak across the universe by the billions, leaving very little trace of their presence.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 13 Jul 2018, 14:35 UTC An irregular galaxy called UGC 12682 glows warmly against the dark backdrop of the universe in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Located approximately 70 million light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (the Winged Horse), UGC 12682 is distorted and oddly structured, with bright pockets of star formation.
Square Kilometer Array 13 Jul 2018, 08:06 UTC South Africa, 13 July 2018 – South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT telescope was officially inaugurated by Deputy President David Mabuza at a ceremony near Carnarvon today. Built and operated by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), and a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT facility has already begun science operations. A stunning new panorama obtained by the telescope was unveiled during the event, revealing extraordinary detail in the region surrounding the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 12 Jul 2018, 17:12 UTC New observations by three of the world's largest radio telescopes have revealed that an asteroid discovered last year is actually two objects, each about 3,000 feet (900 meters) in size, orbiting each other.