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Rare merger reveals secrets of galaxy evolution

A rare encounter between two gas-rich galaxies spotted by ESA's Herschel space observatory indicates a solution to an outstanding problem: how did massive, passive galaxies form in the early Universe?

Posted: May 22nd, 2013

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NASA builds unusual testbed for analyzing X-ray navigation technologies

Pulsars have a number of unusual qualities. Like zombies, they shine even though they're technically dead, and they rotate rapidly, emitting powerful and regular beams of radiation that are seen as flashes of light, blinking on and off at intervals from seconds to milliseconds. A NASA team has built a first-of-a-kind testbed that simulates these distinctive pulsations.

Posted: May 21st, 2013

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Earth watcher Proba-V opens its eyes

Earth watcher Proba-V is in good health following its launch last week. The Vegetation imager has been switched on and the first image has been captured over western France.

Posted: May 18th, 2013

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2nd Luxembourg Workshop on Satellite Communication

The University of Luxembourg in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law and the SES Chair in Satellite Communication and Media Law present the 2nd Luxembourg Workshop on Satellite Communication entitled Satellite Communication and Dispute Resolution.

Posted: May 17th, 2013

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Orion's hidden fiery ribbon

A dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky.

Posted: May 15th, 2013

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New method of finding planets scores its first discovery

Detecting alien worlds presents a significant challenge since they are small, faint, and close to their stars. The two most prolific techniques for finding exoplanets are radial velocity (looking for wobbling stars) and transits (looking for dimming stars). A team at Tel Aviv University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has just discovered an exoplanet using a new method that relies on Einstein's special theory of relativity.

Posted: May 13th, 2013

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After Chelyabinsk: European experts assess asteroid options

This week, Deimos Space, an industrial partner working for ESA on SSA, has invited top researchers from universities, research institutes, national space agencies and industry in Europe and the USA to discuss the state of the art in near-Earth objects impact effects and threat mitigation.

Posted: May 13th, 2013

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