The first result from ESA’s CHEOPS mission

The results of CHEOPS, the first ESA mission dedicated to characterising known exoplanets, have been published in Astronomy & Astrophysics. CHEOPS was developed as part...

Utilising ALMA to search for planet formation in disks orbiting young stars

Anne Dutrey, from the Laboratory of Astrophysics of Bordeaux at Université de Bordeaux – CNRS, outlines new research utilising ALMA to search for planet...

Astronomers find the first example of an intact planet orbiting a white dwarf

An international team of astronomers led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, has found the first example of an intact planet closely orbiting a...

Early Universe cosmology: theoretical models and observational data

Mairi Sakellariadou, Professor of Theoretical Physics at King’s College London, discusses her research into early Universe cosmology. Professor Mairi Sakellariadou’s research into theoretical physics and...

NSF awards $17.5m in funding for the Giant Magellan Telescope

National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted the GMTO Corporation $17.5m to accelerate the prototyping and testing of powerful optical and infrared technologies for the Giant Magellan Telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The NSF grant positions the Giant...

The results of the 2020 ERC Space and Robotics Event

ERIG e.V, a German student association at the Technical University of Braunschweig, is the winner of the sixth edition of the international Mars rover competition ERC Space and Robotics Event. The participants of the 2020 ERC Space and Robotics Event...

Advances of software in space missions

Marina Ruggieri, IEEE Fellow and Professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Roma ‘Tor Vergata’, discusses the transformative nature of the increasing use of software in space missions. The sophistication of software onboard space shuttles has increased exponentially in...

Potential evidence of microbes found in clouds on Venus

The Royal Astronomical Society has today announced that an international team of astronomers have discovered phosphine in the clouds on Venus,suggesting the existence of microbes on the planet. Researchers used the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii to detect...

Space debris detected for the first time during the day

According to scientists at the University of Bern, Switzerland, space debris has been observed by scientists for the first time during the day. On 10 February 2009 two communication satellites, Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251, collided over Siberia at an...

ERC 2020: Behind the scenes of the Mars rover competition

A remote Mars rover competition, named the ERC Space and Robotics Event, will begin on 11 September 2020, using a robot management platform to navigate a mobile robot on the largest artificial Martian field on Earth. The grand finale of the...

First evidence that stars can tear apart their planet-forming discs

New research has revealed the first evidence that groups of stars can tear apart their planet-forming discs, leaving it warped and with tilted rings. An international team of researchers has identified a stellar system where planet formation might take place...

High-precision astrophysics and multi-messenger studies

Professor Kinwah Wu from University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory discusses high-precision astrophysics in the context of multi-messenger studies of gravitational radiation sources consisting of a spinning pulsar inspiralling into a massive black hole. The detection of gravitational waves...

Connecting neutron star diversity to that of supernovae explosions

Professor Samar Safi-Harb’s research addresses the physics of such objects as supernovae and neutron stars, and answers questions around their diversity, formation, and evolution, as well as their impact on their surroundings. Supernovae (SN) are among the most fascinating, energetic...

ERC 2020 shows how to persevere in a post-pandemic world

Participants in the 2020 European Rover Challenge (ERC) Martian rover competition are embracing curiosity and seizing opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across all branches of the economy worldwide, leaving some of them profoundly impacted for the foreseeable future....

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