New data from the ESA’s probe, now eight years into its mission, adds significant detail to its portrait of nearly 2 billion objects in the Milky Way.
The agency wants to hunt exoplanets, so it’s designing star shades and coronagraphs that block out starlight and give telescopes a clear view.
The Astro2020 Decadal Survey’s top priorities include new telescopes, the search for habitable exoplanets, and far-infrared and x-ray probe missions.
Researchers recently tested whether a balloon-borne sensor could listen for venusquakes to learn about the planet’s makeup.
Observing the secrets of the universe’s “Dark Ages” will require capturing ultra-long radio wavelengths—and we can’t do that on Earth.
A new map of the chromosphere’s magnetic field could help us predict solar weather patterns—and anticipate flares that wreak havoc on the power grid.
The $800 million craft successfully collected precious asteroid material from a near-Earth asteroid. Then it started spilling regolith into space.
Lost funding, lab access, and publishing opportunities mean PhD students and postdocs are uniquely vulnerable. It doesn’t bode well for the field’s future.
Researchers who usually rely on labs or command centers have been forced to work from laptops and closets—even as they control spacecraft millions of miles away.