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Lines of Time - Image: Anton Komlev - In time stars trace lines through the night sky on a rotating planet. Taken over 2 hours, these consecutive exposures are from a camera on a tripod near Orel farm, Primorsky Krai, Russia, planet Earth. -

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Next Generation Electron Booster on the Pad for Rocket Lab’s 10th Mission *

THE ‘King of the meteor showers’ - will take place this month, giving a spectacular opportunity to see shooting stars. Join us to camp under the shower next .

STEM & Space thanks Global Indian International School ( GIIS), Abu Dhabi Campus, for choosing us as the academic partner to get their little astronomers exposed to the mysteries of the universe and expand their horizons.

Is that the primary mirror of the Space Telescope lost in a forest or an exhibition of the foundation??

Photographing the IC433 (The Jellyfish Nebula) was such a huge challenge and really pushed me to my limit. It is a galactic supernova remnant in the constellation Gemini, roughly 5,000 light years from Earth

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I made an image to show how small the Moon appears in the sky compared to other space objects. |

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The photons of light hitting you from the Sun right now were formed in the interior of the Sun about 100,000 years ago. They bounced around inside the Sun, losing energy the whole time, and finally escaped about 8 minutes ago, landing on your forehead

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MOVA spinning globes combine power from ambient light and torque from the earth’s magnetic field to create soothing rotations. No batteries required! The perfect Christmas gift for space lovers 🎅

Earth, Mars, the Moon, Jupiter, Venus…
👉 Make your choice:

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Dec. 4, 1993: An astronaut captured this view of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s approach and capture of the Hubble Space Telescope during the first servicing mission, STS-61. The shuttle’s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) arm appears to reach toward Hubble as it passes over Australia [2042×2048]


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Cheops: Europe’s Exoplanet Mission

ESA’s first mission dedicated to investigating planets outside our solar system is scheduled for launch on a Soyuz rocket from the European spaceport in French Guiana on 17 December 2019.

Cheops – Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite – will study known exoplanets that are orbiting bright stars. The aim is to obtain detailed information about these planets to find out more about their composition and internal structure.

The mission is a partnership between ESA and Switzerland with additional contributions from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Exoplanet satellite encapsulated

At Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, is being encapsulated into the flight adapter of the Soyuz-Fregat rocket that will lift it into space on 17 December.

It’s an intense period at the Spaceport, where engineers from ESA, Airbus and CNES have been preparing for launch since the satellite arrival in mid-October.

This sequence of photographs, taklen on 29 November, shows the Souyuz Arianespace System for Auxiliary Payloads (ASAP-S) being carefully and progressively aligned to Cheops, then lowered onto and finally mated to the conic adapter. The mechanical integration is completed by fastening the fixation bolts.

Cheops is ESA’s first mission dedicated to the study of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. It will observe bright stars that are already known to host planets, measuring minuscule brightness changes due to the planet’s transit across the star’s disc.

The mission will target stars hosting planets in the Earth- to Neptune-size range, yielding precise measurements of the planet sizes. This, together with independent information about the planet masses, will allow scientists to determine their density, enabling a first-step characterisation of these extrasolar worlds. A planet’s density provides vital clues about its composition and structure, indicating for example if it is predominantly rocky or gassy, or perhaps harbours significant oceans.

The first small, or S-class, mission in ESA’s science programme, Cheops is a partnership between ESA and Switzerland, with a dedicated consortium led by the University of Bern, and with important contributions from 10 other ESA Member States.

Cheops paves the way for the next generation of ESA’s exoplanet satellites, with two further missions – Plato and Ariel – planned for the next decade to tackle different aspects of the evolving field of exoplanet science. Together, these missions will keep the European scientific community at the forefront of exoplanet research well beyond the next decade, and will build on answering the fundamental question: what are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life?

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Ask Ethan: Do Ancient Galaxies Get Magnified By The Expanding Universe?

“Do ancient galaxies appear larger to us than they really were, due to the expansion of the Universe? If so, then by how much?”

It seems like the simplest, most straightforward idea in the world: the farther away an object is, the smaller it appears. View the same object when it’s twice as far away, and it will only appear to be half as large in terms of angular size. Place it ten times as far away, and you’ll see it appear just one-tenth the size. 

But this is only true in flat, static space. In the expanding Universe, this relationship falls apart, particularly when you factor in dark energy. More distant objects appear smaller the farther away you look, but only to a point. Galaxies that are about 14-to-15 billion light-years away will appear the smallest, and then the same-sized galaxy will actually appear larger the farther away you look! This may be counterintuitive, but there’s real, solid science to back it up. 

Come learn how the expanding Universe really does magnify the most distant galaxies of all, and what the fascinating implications are for the next generation of ultra-powerful telescopes!


Sentinel-6: charting sea level

In a cleanroom in Ottobrunn, Germany, the latest Copernicus Sentinel satellite is ready for final testing before it is packed up and shipped to the US for liftoff next year.

Designed and built to chart changing sea level, it is the first of two identical Sentinel-6 satellites that will be launched consecutively to continue the time series of sea-level measurements.

This new mission builds on heritage from previous ocean topography satellites, including the French–US Topex-Poseidon and Jason missions, previous ESA missions such as the ERS satellites, Envisat and CryoSat, as well as Copernicus Sentinel-3.

With millions of people around the world at risk from rising seas, it is essential to continue measuring the changing height of the sea surface so that decision-makers are equipped to take appropriate mitigating action – as is being currently highlighted at the COP-25 Climate Change Conference in Spain.