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Astrochemistry: Fullerene solves an interstellar puzzle

Astronomy News - 16 July 2015 - 9:19am

Astrochemistry: Fullerene solves an interstellar puzzle

Nature 523, 7560 (2015). doi:10.1038/523296a

Authors: Pascale Ehrenfreund & Bernard Foing

Laboratory measurements confirm that a 'buckyball' ion is responsible for two near-infrared absorption features found in spectra of the interstellar medium, casting light on a century-old astrochemical mystery. See Letter p.322

VIDEO: Stephen Hawking on Pluto mission

Astronomy News - 16 July 2015 - 9:16am

Stephen Hawking has congratulated the New Horizons team and NASA for their successful mission to the dwarf planet Pluto.

Nasa releases historic Pluto images

Astronomy News - 16 July 2015 - 9:15am

Nasa has presented the first images acquired by the New Horizons probe during its historic flyby of Pluto.

VIDEO: What do new Pluto images reveal?

Astronomy News - 16 July 2015 - 9:14am

Pluto has mountains made of ice that are as high as those in the Rockies, images from the New Horizons probe have revealed.

VIDEO: Pluto revelations 'not what we expected'

Astronomy News - 16 July 2015 - 9:14am

Pluto has mountains made of ice that are as high as those in the Rockies, images from the New Horizons probe have revealed.

Cluster solves the mystery of equatorial noise

Astronomy News - 15 July 2015 - 10:10am

ESA's Cluster mission has solved a mystery which puzzled scientists for almost half a century. Data sent back by two of the spacecraft have revealed for the first time the physical mechanism behind the generation of "noisy" waves in near-Earth space.

NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

Astronomy News - 15 July 2015 - 10:07am
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto. After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

NASA's New Horizons ‘Phones Home’ Safe after Pluto Flyby

Astronomy News - 15 July 2015 - 10:04am
The call everyone was waiting for is in. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto.

Hadron Collider discovers new particle

Astronomy News - 15 July 2015 - 9:28am

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.

VIDEO: Probe's photo of dwarf planet Pluto

Astronomy News - 15 July 2015 - 9:28am

The New Horizons probe has reached Pluto after a 10 year journey of three billion miles (4.8 billion km).

VIDEO: Pluto probe makes contact

Astronomy News - 15 July 2015 - 9:28am

A signal has been received from the New Horizons probe, which soared past Pluto on Tuesday.

Space Coffee

Astronomy News - 13 July 2015 - 9:22am
Advances in the understanding of how fluids behave in low gravity is a key to an excellent cup of coffee in space.

Destination Pluto: Countdown to the historic New Horizons fly-by

Astronomy News - 13 July 2015 - 9:21am

The latest images of Pluto, a checklist of mysteries waiting to be solved. And New Scientist will be covering all the action – live from mission control









VIDEO: Why is Pluto not a planet?

Astronomy News - 13 July 2015 - 9:11am

As Nasa's New Horizons probe gets ready to flyby Pluto on Tuesday, the Royal Observatory's Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula looks at one of the most divisive issues in modern science - Pluto's reclassification to a "dwarf planet".

VIDEO: New Horizons on course for Pluto flyby

Astronomy News - 13 July 2015 - 9:11am

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft is due to flyby Pluto on Tuesday and scientists are expecting it to send back the clearest ever images of the distant dwarf planet.

New Horizons set for Pluto flyby

Astronomy News - 13 July 2015 - 9:10am

Engineers say the New Horizons spacecraft is in great shape for its historic flyby of Pluto on Tuesday.

New Tool for Astronomers – Second Planck Catalogue of Compact Sources Released

Astronomy News - 10 July 2015 - 9:49am

ESA's Planck mission is the source for a new catalogue, eagerly awaited by the scientific community, and available online from today. The Second Planck Catalogue of Compact Sources uses data from the entire mission to identify tens of thousands of compact sources, as well as providing polarisation data for several hundred of them. The new catalogue surpasses its predecessors not only in the quantity of sources but also in the quality of data. It will be an asset to astronomers working in a wide range of fields.

Huge New Survey to Shine Light on Dark Matter

Astronomy News - 10 July 2015 - 9:47am
The first results have been released from a major new dark matter survey of the southern skies using ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The VST KiDS survey will allow astronomers to make precise measurements of dark matter, the structure of galaxy halos, and the evolution of galaxies and clusters. The first KiDS results show how the characteristics of the observed galaxies are determined by the invisible vast clumps of dark matter surrounding them.

What the sun would look like if you had X-ray vision

Astronomy News - 10 July 2015 - 9:45am

A new image of the sun combines three views to reveal its activity in a new light









Pluto snapped from 8 million km

Astronomy News - 10 July 2015 - 9:33am

Nasa's spacecraft New Horizons acquires another stunning view of Pluto as it bears down on the dwarf planet, ahead of its 14 July flyby.