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XMM-Newton captures final cries of star shredded by black hole

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 22:15

Astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory have studied a black hole devouring a star and discovered an exceptionally bright and stable signal that allowed them to determine the black hole’s spin rate.   

Gaia reveals how Sun-like stars turn solid after their demise

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 18:00

Data captured by ESA’s galaxy-mapping spacecraft Gaia has revealed for the first time how white dwarfs, the dead remnants of stars like our Sun, turn into solid spheres as the hot gas inside them cools down.

The desert that ate a sea

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 11:10

Technology image of the week: ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite views efforts to stabilise a newly formed desert and salvage the shrinking Aral Sea

Cool running

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 10:57

Operations image of the week: New cryogenically cooled hardware promises to improve data return from ESA's current and future deep-space missions

World-first chameleon satellite leaving native British shores

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 07:26

The last component of British-built chameleon satellite, Eutelsat Quantum, is getting ready to leave home for good.

Storm hunter in action

Tue, 08/01/2019 - 14:32

Human and robotic exploration image of the week: A typical day for electrical thunderstorm observer

Galactic neighbour

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 16:24

This Hubble image is the most detailed view ever of the Triangulum Galaxy, a close neighbour of the Milky Way

CubeSats joining Hera mission to asteroid system

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:13

When ESA’s planned Hera mission journeys to its target binary asteroid system, it will not be alone. The spacecraft will carry two tiny CubeSats for deployment around – and eventual landing on – the Didymos asteroids. Each companion spacecraft will be small enough to fit inside a briefcase, as compared to the desk-sized Hera.

Space sparkle

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:25

Space Science Image of the Week: The glowing remnants of stellar fireworks

2019 preview

Wed, 02/01/2019 - 10:06

Take a look at what's coming up for the European Space Agency this year

Our year in space

Mon, 24/12/2018 - 15:49

A look back at the highlights of 2018 for Europe in space

ESA sets clock by distant spinning stars

Mon, 24/12/2018 - 08:00

ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands has begun running a pulsar-based clock. The ‘PulChron’ system measures the passing of time using millisecond-frequency radio pulses from multiple fast-spinning neutron stars.

Mission accomplished for ESA’s butane-propelled CubeSat

Mon, 24/12/2018 - 07:54

The cereal-box sized GomX-4B – ESA’s biggest small CubeSat yet flown – has completed its mission for the Agency, testing out new miniaturised technologies including: intersatellite link communication with its GomX-4A twin, a hyperspectral imager, star tracker and butane-based propulsion system.

Reflecting on Earthrise: 50 years on

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 11:42

Monday 24 December marks 50 years since Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders snapped an iconic image of Earth rising above the lunar surface.

Year in images

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 11:00

Our year through the lens: 2018

South Georgia

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over South Georgia Island

Back on Earth

Fri, 21/12/2018 - 07:32

Watch ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's first short interview, recorded just hours after he returned to Earth from his six-month Horizons mission

Horizons landing

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 14:45

First images of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst back on Earth

Feeding a giant

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 10:35

ESA's deep-space antenna in New Norcia, Western Australia, has now been powered by solar energy for over a year, in the first step towards creating a green network of eyes on the skies

Mars Express gets festive: A winter wonderland on Mars

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 10:25

This image shows what appears to be a large patch of fresh, untrodden snow – a dream for any lover of the holiday season. However, it’s a little too distant for a last-minute winter getaway: this feature, known as Korolev crater, is found on Mars, and is shown here in beautiful detail as seen by Mars Express.