Record-breakingly close flybys of two comets earlier this week. Radar images of one, the closest comet in 246 years. Will the other be visible to the eye?
Source: Closest comet in 246 years via radar | EarthSky.org
On 8-9 March 2016, a solar eclipse took place over the Pacific Ocean. This eclipse was total – meaning that the entire solar disk was covered by the Moon – over Indonesia and the central Pacific, starting at sunrise over Sumatra and ending at sunset north of the Hawaiian Islands. Addition…
Source: Pacific solar eclipse seen from Proba-2
Several recent events suggest that a set of glacier-covered volcanoes in the southern Chilean region of Bío-Bío may be likely to erupt.
Source: Icy volcano in Chile about to erupt? | EarthSky.org
After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit around a point of balance in space where it will soon start testing technologies crucial for exploring the gravitational Universe.
Source: LISA Pathfinder arrives at its worksite
If it exists, the 9th planet has 10 times the mass of Earth – orbits 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune – and takes 20,000 years to orbit the sun once.
Source: Solid evidence for a 9th planet, say Caltech astronomers | EarthSky.org
Check out this highest-resolution color view of a possible cryovolcano spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015
Source: Newest image of possible Pluto ice volcano | EarthSky.org
Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) isn’t dazzling, but it’s still pretty wonderful. See photos of this icy visitor from the depths of space, here.
Source: Best photos of Comet Catalina | Today’s Image | EarthSky
Engineers developing a drill for probing Mars, the Moon and asteroids have created the world’s first portable charger to power up electric cars anywhere, anytime.
Source: Probing Mars, charging cars / TTP2 / Space Engineering & Technology / Our Activities / ESA
The next great space observatory took a step closer this week when ESA signed the contract with Arianespace that will see the James Webb Space Telescope launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou in October 2018.
Source: ESA confirms James Webb telescope Ariane launch / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA
The pace of deploying Europe’s own satellite navigation system continued to increase with today’s launch of the latest pair of Galileo satellites, doubling the number of satellites in space within nine months.
Source: Galileo’s dozen: 12 satellites now in orbit / Launching Galileo / The future – Galileo / Navigation / Our Activities / ESA