ESOcast 19 Jun 2018, 11:00 UTC Each year, several outstanding early-career scientists have the opportunity to further develop their independent research programmes at the European Southern Observatory. Fellowships are available both at ESO’s Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, and at ESO’s astronomy centre in Santiago, Chile.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 14 Jun 2018, 03:07 UTC Dark matter, one of the biggest questions in astronomy and physics may just have been solved in what could be the most important discovery since the accelerating expansion of the universe, finding the Higgs Boson and the detection of gravitational waves. Scientists may just have discovered a potential fourth type of neutrino, which could be the hypothetical sterile neutrino particle, considered by many as the particle responsible for Dark Matter.
ESOcast 13 Jun 2018, 14:00 UTC ALMA has uncovered convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around the infant star HD 163296. Using a new planet-finding technique, astronomers have identified three discrete disturbances in the young star’s gas-filled disc: the strongest evidence yet that newly formed planets are in orbit there. These are considered the first planets discovered with ALMA.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 8 Jun 2018, 10:54 UTC Scientists have confirmed the existence of methane dunes on Pluto’s vast Sputnik Planitia ice plain. An asteroid first detected on Saturday near the orbit of the Moon has exploded just a day later in a spectacular airburst over southern Africa. Virgin Galactic has carried out a second powered test flight of its VSS Unity space plane in the skies above California’s Mojave desert.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 6 Jun 2018, 11:59 UTC Merging neutron stars give birth to a black hole: It seems last year’s historic first-ever gravitational wave detection of a collision between two neutron stars most likely did end up creating a black hole. Dawn moves to a new orbit: NASA's Dawn spacecraft is maneuvering into its lowest-ever orbit for its closest ever view of Ceres -- the inner solar system's only dwarf planet. Electron launch countdown: Meanwhile, across the Tasman in New Zealand Rocket Lab are continuing preparations for their next Electron Rocket launch – now slated for a launch window opening on June 23rd.
StarDate Online 5 Jun 2018, 05:00 UTC A star system in the constellation Ophiuchus, which is in the east on June evenings, can’t keep quiet. It pops off every decade or two. In just a day, it grows tens of thousands of times brighter. But those outbursts may be only the prelude to a bigger one: The star may blast itself to bits as a supernova.
ESOcast 4 Jun 2018, 15:00 UTC Astronomers using ALMA and the VLT have discovered that starburst galaxies in both the early and the nearby Universe contain a much higher proportion of massive stars than is found in more peaceful galaxies.
ESOcast 30 May 2018, 10:00 UTC Glowing brightly about 160 000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has imaged this region and its rich surroundings in exquisite detail. It reveals a cosmic landscape of star clusters, glowing gas clouds and the scattered remains of supernova explosions. This is the sharpest image ever of this entire field.