feb 062013
“Ribbon” Of Energy at the Edge of our Solar System Explained

  After three years of puzzling over a striking “ribbon” of energy and particles discovered by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) at the edge of our Solar System, scientists may be on the verge of cracking the mystery. A three-dimensional diagram of the retention region shown as a “life preserver” around our heliosphere bubble along [continue reading]

jan 222013
Betelgeuse is Heading for a Collision

  Multiple arcs are revealed around Betelgeuse, the nearest red supergiant star to Earth, in this new image from ESA’s Herschel space observatory. The star and its arc-shaped shields could collide with an intriguing dusty ‘wall’ in 5000 years. Composite color image of Betelgeuse. North is to the top left, east is to the bottom left, and [continue reading]

sep 162012
Meteorite "Paris" Contains Similar Organics as the Interstellar Medium

  A team of researchers from the Institute of Space Astrophysics (IAS / CNRS-Université Paris Sud) examining the meteorite “Paris”,  was able to highlight the presence of organic components similar to those of the interstellar medium. Fig.2: This photograph shows the Paris meteorite fusion crust (croute de fusion) formed during atmospheric entry partially oxidized (orange) traces (traces d’oxydation) [continue reading]

mei 092012
Europe delivers first JWST instrument

  The first instrument to be completed for the James Webb Space Telescope, MIRI, was handed over by the European consortium that built it to ESA at a ceremony held in London today (May 5, 2012), and will now be delivered to NASA aiming for launch in 2018. Image shows an artist’s impression of the [continue reading]

apr 182012
Voyager 1 Might Have Farther to Go to Exit the Heliosheath

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is exploring the outer heliosheath past about 111 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun. The heliosheath is the region where the outgoing solar wind is slowed by the interstellar medium. The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft have been sending back interesting new information about the structure of this previously uncharted [continue reading]