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NASA Invites Media to View Launch of Mission to “Touch” Sun

3 July 2018 - 9:25am
Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, a historic mission that will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun.

New launch date for James Webb Space Telescope

2 July 2018 - 9:24am

After completion of an independent review, a new launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been announced: 30 March 2021.

The International Asteroid Hunt

2 July 2018 - 9:23am
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A coordinated effort is being made by many nations around the world to detect and track near-Earth objects, such as asteroids.

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JWST: Launch of Hubble's successor pushed back to 2021

28 June 2018 - 9:50am

The space telescope that will take over from the Hubble observatory suffers a further delay.

Complex organics bubble from the depths of ocean-world Enceladus

28 June 2018 - 9:49am

Data from the international Cassini spacecraft have revealed complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean-world hosts conditions suitable for life.

Interstellar asteroid is really a comet

28 June 2018 - 9:49am

An object from another star system that made a brief appearance in our skies guised as an asteroid turns out to be a tiny interstellar comet.

ESO’s VLT Sees `Oumuamua Getting a Boost

28 June 2018 - 9:48am
`Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System, is moving away from the Sun faster than expected. This anomalous behaviour was detected by a worldwide astronomical collaboration including ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. The new results suggest that `Oumuamua is most likely an interstellar comet and not an asteroid. The discovery appears in the journal Nature.

Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

28 June 2018 - 9:47am
Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last year.

Mysterious interstellar visitor is a comet — not an asteroid

28 June 2018 - 9:47am

Mysterious interstellar visitor is a comet — not an asteroid

Mysterious interstellar visitor is a comet — not an asteroid, Published online: 27 June 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05552-9

Quirks in ‘Oumuamua’s path through the Solar System helped researchers solve a case of mistaken identity.

NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021

28 June 2018 - 9:46am

The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of March 30, 2021.

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Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

28 June 2018 - 9:46am
Portal origin URL: Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed BoostPortal origin nid: 427006Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:02Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last year.Portal image: This illustration shows ‘Oumuamua racing toward the outskirts of our solar system. Science Categories: Universe

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft reaches cosmic 'diamond'

27 June 2018 - 2:23pm

A Japanese spacecraft has arrived at a diamond-shaped asteroid on a key fact-finding mission.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference on Status of James Webb Space Telescope

27 June 2018 - 2:22pm
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 27, to provide an update on the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope and the findings of an external independent review board.

Daring Japanese mission reaches unexplored asteroid Ryugu

27 June 2018 - 2:20pm

Daring Japanese mission reaches unexplored asteroid Ryugu

Daring Japanese mission reaches unexplored asteroid Ryugu, Published online: 26 June 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05544-9

Hayabusa-2 will hover above its target and release four landing probes before touching down to collect samples to return to Earth.

Meet the 'forgotten' Victorian astronomer Annie Maunder

26 June 2018 - 9:08am

A state-of-the-art telescope is named after Annie Maunder, a Victorian pioneer of space photography.

Greenwich observatory: Astronomers return to study sky after 60 years

25 June 2018 - 9:18am

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is to start serious study of the sky again after a decades-long break.

Hubble proves Einstein correct on galactic scales (heic1812)

25 June 2018 - 9:15am

An international team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has made the most precise test of general relativity yet outside our Milky Way. The nearby galaxy ESO 325-G004 acts as a strong gravitational lens, distorting light from a distant galaxy behind it to create an Einstein ring around its centre. By comparing the mass of ESO 325-G004 with the curvature of space around it, the astronomers found that gravity on these astronomical length-scales behaves as predicted by general relativity. This rules out some alternative theories of gravity.