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Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 09:05

In this edition, explore southern Siberia and the world’s largest freshwater lake: Lake Baikal

Twilight in a Western Sky

APOD - Fri, 06/04/2018 - 07:00

A slender crescent Moon and inner A slender crescent Moon and inner


Ariane 5’s second launch of 2018

ESA Top News - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 23:09

An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the DSN-1/Superbird-8 and Hylas-4 telecom satellites into their planned orbits.

NGC 247 and Friends

APOD - Thu, 05/04/2018 - 18:00

About 70,000 light-years across, About 70,000 light-years across,


NGC 2023 in the Horsehead's Shadow

APOD - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:00

Carved by a bright Carved by a bright


Blue Moon Tree

APOD - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 14:00

Does an alignment like this occur only once in a blue moon? Does an alignment like this occur only once in a blue moon?


Dragon lifts off

ESA Top News - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 13:15

Human Spaceflight and exploration image of the week: The Dragon cargo vehicle lifts offs with ESA’s atmosphere monitor to the International Space Station

A cat or a fox?

ESA Top News - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 11:10

Space Science Image of the Week: Some interstellar clouds take on interesting shapes, like in this animal-themed Gaia image of the Orion constellation

ESTEC's 50-year odyssey

ESA Top News - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 09:25

Europe's largest place for space had its royal inauguration on 3 April 1968; our new online brochure celebrates 50 years of ESTEC engineering for space

ESTEC's 50-year odyssey

ESA Top News - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 09:25

Europe's largest place for space had its royal inauguration on 3 April 1968; our new online brochure celebrates 50 years of ESTEC engineering for space

From ESTEC to eternity

ESA Top News - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 09:25

Photographic highlights across five decades of Europe's largest place for space

Antarctica loses grip

ESA Top News - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 08:34

ESA’s CryoSat mission has revealed that, over the last seven years, Antarctica has lost an area of underwater ice the size of Greater London. This is because warm ocean water beneath the continent’s floating margins is eating away at the ice attached to the seabed.

Storm hunter launched to International Space Station

ESA Top News - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 21:49

ESA’s observatory to monitor electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere is on its way to the International Space Station. The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor is riding in the Dragon cargo vehicle that lifted off at 20:30 GMT (16:40 local time) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. 

Mars Between Nebulas

APOD - Mon, 02/04/2018 - 12:00

What's that bright red spot between the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas? What's that bright red spot between the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas?


The Coma Cluster of Galaxies

APOD - Sun, 01/04/2018 - 10:00

Almost every object in the above photograph is a galaxy. Almost every object in the above photograph is a galaxy.


The night sky for April 2018

The Night Sky This Month - Sun, 01/04/2018 - 00:00
Northern Hemisphere

Fiona Healy tells us what we can see in the Northern Hemisphere night sky during April 2018.

Fiona Healy and Fiona Healy from the Carter Observatory in New Zealand speak about the Southern Hemisphere night sky during April 2018.

We would have descriptions here, but unfortunately Fiona's cat has run off with them and none of us are brave enough to try and get them back.

Announcing Nova Carinae 2018

APOD - Sat, 31/03/2018 - 09:00

How bright will Nova Carinae 2018 become? How bright will Nova Carinae 2018 become?


Week In Images

ESA Top News - Fri, 30/03/2018 - 14:00

Our week through the lens:
26-30 March 2018

The Viking, the dragon and the god of thunder

ESA Top News - Fri, 30/03/2018 - 11:44

Scandinavian mythology stories are rich in fantastic creatures, and a Nordic astronaut is about to write a new chapter as Space Viking Andreas Mogensen monitors the arrival of the Dragon cargo vessel at the International Space Station next week. The passenger: a state-of-the-art lightning hunter. 

ESA reentry expertise

ESA Top News - Fri, 30/03/2018 - 09:55

Every week, on average, a substantial, inert satellite drops into our atmosphere and burns up. Monitoring these reentries and warning European civil authorities has become routine work for ESA’s space debris experts.

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