ExoMars Meets Phobos

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has imaged the martian moon Phobos as part of a second set of test science measurements made since it arrived at the Red Planet on 19 October. The Trace Gas…

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A cradle full of planets

Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), have for the first time, achieved a precise size measurement of small dust particles around a young star through radio-wave polarization. ALMA’s high sensitivity for detecting polarized…


A proto-spiderweb in space

Astronomers studying a cluster of still-forming protogalaxies seen as they were more than 10 billion years ago have found that a giant galaxy in the center of the cluster is forming from a surprisingly-dense soup…


Wanna see Switzerland? Look no further.

Multiple scans from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite have been stitched together to create this complete image of Switzerland. (…) The southern part of the country is dominated by the Alps, some of which are snow-capped….


The Polaroid Star

A simple observation of an extremely dim star may point to, literally, the biggest manifestation of weird quantum phenomena yet. Light from a lonely neutron star 400 light-years away is polarized, just like light reflecting…


Tentacles in space

New observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the intricate structure of the galaxy NGC 4696 in greater detail than ever before. The elliptical galaxy is a beautiful cosmic oddity with a bright…


One happy (star) family

They’re a happy family after all. The three closest stars to the solar system all revolve around one another, astronomers say, resolving a century-long debate. The nearest of the three, Proxima Centauri, is a red…