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CometWatch from Kepler

10 October 2016 - 8:49am

During the last month of Rosetta's operations at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it was no longer possible to observe the comet with telescopes on Earth because it was too close to the Sun's position in the sky and therefore not visible in the night-time. Fortunately, NASA's Kepler space observatory stepped in, taking images of the comet every 30 minutes from 7 to 20 September, providing important context to Rosetta's in situ measurements.

The LISA Pathfinder Science Archive is online

10 October 2016 - 8:48am

Today, ESA's LISA Pathfinder Science Archive opens its virtual gates to the world. It contains data collected by the satellite during the mission's first few months, covering the nominal operations phase of the LISA Technology Package (LTP) – the European payload on LISA Pathfinder.

Massive Cloud on Collision Course with the Milky Way

10 October 2016 - 8:47am
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30 million years from now, a massive cloud of gas will collide with the Milky Way. Astronomers are studying the incoming cloud and learning more about its origin.

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Failed hunt for Proxima b’s star transit leaves us in the dark

10 October 2016 - 8:46am

An unsuccessful attempt to catch the Earth-like exoplanet passing between its star and us means we still know little about its atmosphere and surface