Partial solar eclipse from space13 August 2018
Partial solar eclipse from space13 August 2018 Thanks to a quirk of our cosmos, the Moon’s average distance from Earth is just right for it to appear as the same size in the sky as the significantly larger Sun. Once in a while the Moon slides directly between Earth and the Sun such that it appears...
Students digging into data archive spot mysterious X-ray source10 August 2018 An enigmatic X-ray source revealed as part of a data-mining project for high-school students shows unexplored avenues hidden in the vast archive of ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory.
Comet horizon06 August 2018
Comet horizon06 August 2018 On 6 August of 2014, after a decade of travelling through interplanetary space, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its final target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). The mission was the first to successfully land on a comet when it sent the...
Lunar eclipse – 27 July 201831 July 2018
Lunar eclipse – 27 July 201831 July 2018 This unusual view of the Moon was captured during Friday’s total lunar eclipse from ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid in Spain, at 23:03 CEST.
Mars dust storm19 July 2018
Mars dust storm19 July 2018 The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA’s Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds – visible in the right half of the frame – near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year.
Martian atmosphere behaves as one19 July 2018
Martian atmosphere behaves as one19 July 2018 New research using a decade of data from ESA’s Mars Express has found clear signs of the complex martian atmosphere acting as a single, interconnected system, with processes occurring at low and mid levels significantly affecting those seen higher up.