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  • Pillars of Creation (NIRCam and MIRI composite image)
    on December 1, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Image: Pillars of Creation (NIRCam and MIRI composite image)

  • Webb reveals an exoplanet atmosphere as never seen before
    on November 24, 2022 at 7:49 am

    The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope just scored another first: a molecular and chemical portrait of a distant world’s skies. While Webb and other space telescopes, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have previously revealed isolated ingredients of this heated planet’s […]

  • How Webb’s NIRSpec instrument opened up 200 windows to our origins
    on November 18, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Astronomy is driven by big questions, and they don’t come much bigger than wondering how the first stars and galaxies began to form – eventually giving rise to our own existence.

  • Webb draws back curtain on Universe’s early galaxies
    on November 17, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Image: The powerful NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has found an unexpectedly rich ‘undiscovered country’ of early galaxies that has been largely hidden until now.A few days after officially starting science operations, Webb propelled astronomers into a realm of early galaxies, […]

  • Martian dust storms churn up Earth-like clouds
    on November 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    ESA’s Mars Express has revealed that Mars churns up surprisingly Earth-like cloud patterns that are reminiscent of those in our planet’s tropical regions.

  • Solar snake spotted slithering across Sun’s surface
    on November 14, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Video: 00:00:11 Solar Orbiter has spotted a ‘tube’ of cooler atmospheric gases snaking its way through the Sun’s magnetic field. The observation provides an intriguing new addition to the zoo of features revealed by the ESA-led Solar Orbiter mission, especially since the snake was a […]

  • Euclid completes thermal vacuum testing
    on November 10, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Video: 00:05:17 At the Thales Alenia Space test facility in Cannes, France, the massive door of the thermal vacuum chamber was opened after a month of rigorous testing of ESA’s Euclid mission to explore the dark Universe. In Cannes the fully integrated spacecraft was subjected to the […]

  • How MIRI became Webb’s coolest instrument
    on November 8, 2022 at 10:00 am

    The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope is widely referred to as the successor to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. In reality, it is the successor to a lot more than that. With the inclusion of the Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI), Webb also became a successor to infrared space telescopes […]

  • Haunting portrait: Webb reveals dust and structure in Pillars of Creation
    on October 28, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    This is not an ethereal landscape of time-forgotten tombs. Nor are these soot-tinged fingers reaching out. These pillars, flush with gas and dust, ‘bury’ stars that are slowly forming over many millennia. The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has snapped this eerie, extremely dusty view […]

  • Webb’s portrait of the Pillars of Creation (MIRI)
    on October 28, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Image: The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope’s mid-infrared view of the Pillars of Creation strikes a chilling tone. Thousands of stars that exist in this region disappear from view — and seemingly endless layers of gas and dust become the centrepiece.The detection of dust by Webb’s […]