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Asteroid Apophis Approaches Earth, 2036 Impact Probability Still Uncertain
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Over the past weekend, astronomers used the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory to image an asteroid that will be giving the Earth a near-miss in 2029. The asteroid, named Apophis, was thought to have a 2.7% chance of …

Cassini Spots “Mini Nile River” on Saturn’s Titan

The Cassini probe orbiting Saturn and its moons has photographed what the European Space Agency (ESA) is calling a “miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile river” on Saturn’s moon Titan. The formation is a river valley on the the moon’s …

Astronomers Reveal Unseen Starburst Galaxies

Astronomers announced today that have characterized hundreds of previously unseen starburst galaxies. The starburst galaxies, which produce hundreds of stars each year, reveal that high star-formation rates have been the norm for much of our universe’s history. Using the European …

Volcanoes on Venus Could Be Changing the Planet’s Atmosphere

Observations by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express show that changes in Venus’ atmosphere could be the result of volcanic eruptions. A paper on the new findings has been published in the journal Nature Geoscience. According to the atmosphere …

Study Shows Ice Loss at Both Poles Increasing

A new study by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) is showing that the melting rate for ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica has increased over the past two decades. All together, the ice sheets are losing over three …

NASA and Google Evangelist Use Interplanetary Internet to Test Robot NASA and Google Evangelist Use Interplanetary Internet to Test Robot

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have successfully controlled an educational rover from the International Space Station (ISS) using the “interplanetary internet.” In late October, ISS Expedition 33 commander Sunita Williams used a laptop on the space station to …

Astronomers Spot Massive Comet Belts in Nearby Systems

Astronomers using the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel space observatory have discovered massive comet belts orbiting two nearby planetary systems. The systems, named GJ 581 and 61 Vir, are known to host planets that range in mass from Earth-sized to …

Astronomers Spot ‘Bridge’ of Hot Gas Connecting Galaxy Clusters

Astronomers using the Planck space telescope have confirmed the presence of a bridge of hot gas bridging the 10 million light-years of intergalactic space between two galaxy clusters. “Planck is helping to reveal hidden material between galaxy clusters that we …

ESA Releases New Supernova Remnant Photo

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a new image of the aftershock of a supernova remnant named W44. The image, seen above, combines infrared and X-ray light captured by the ESA’s Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories. W44 is located …