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ESA Space Science News

The following news are a copy of the ESA space science news, for which I thank ESA for authorization. In order to read the full articles please follow the corresponding links.

Rare sighting of ‘doomed’ SOHO comet during solar eclipse


Photo of total solar eclipse
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Hubble goes hunting for small main-belt asteroids


Astronomers recently used a trove of archived images taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to visually snag a largely unseen population of smaller asteroids in their tracks. The treasure hunt required pursuing 37 000 Hubble images spanning 19 years. The payoff was finding 1701 asteroid trails, with 1031 of those asteroids uncatalogued. About 400 of these uncatalogued asteroids are about below a km in size.
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Estonia pioneers instrument for Comet Interceptor mission through Prodex


An ESA programme called Prodex has enabled Estonian researchers and industry to join an international mission to intercept and examine a comet entering the inner Solar System for the first time.
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Sleeping giant surprises Gaia scientists


Wading through the wealth of data from ESA’s Gaia mission, scientists have uncovered a ‘sleeping giant’. A large black hole, with a mass of nearly 33 times the mass of the Sun, was hiding in the constellation Aquila, less than 2000 light-years from Earth. This is the first time a black hole of stellar origin this big has been spotted within the Milky Way. So far, black holes of this type have only been observed in very distant galaxies. The discovery challenges our understanding of how massive stars develop and evolve. 
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Juice’s first year in space: “it’s real now”


One year since the launch of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice), we catch up with core team members Claire Vallat, Giuseppe Sarri, Olivier Witasse and Ignacio Tanco.From memories of launch day to hopes for the future, they talk honestly about the ups and downs of flying a space mission, and reveal how they’re ensuring that Juice will be a huge success.
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Total solar eclipse 8 April 2024


This image shows the total solar eclipse of 8 April 2024, as seen from the Dunas de Bilbao, Mexico at 12:20 CST.
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Proba-2 sees the Moon eclipse the Sun


ESA’s Proba-2 captured two partial solar eclipses on 8 April 2024.
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Solar eclipses – and how to make them


During a solar eclipse the Earth is plunged into darkness and the Sun’s ghostly atmosphere becomes visible.
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Euclid mission team honoured with Space Foundation Award


The Euclid mission team was awarded this year’s Space Achievement Award by the Space Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in 1983 to foster collaboration across the global space community.
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First ‘glory’ on hellish distant world?


 For the first time, potential signs of the rainbow-like ‘glory effect’ have been detected on a planet outside our Solar System. Glory are colourful concentric rings of light that occur only under peculiar conditions.  Data from ESA’s sensitive Characterising ExOplanet Satellite, Cheops, along with several other ESA and NASA missions, suggest this delicate phenomenon is beaming straight at Earth from the hellish atmosphere of ultra-hot gas giant WASP-76b, 637 light-years away.  Seen often on Earth, the effect has only been found once on another planet, Venus. If confirmed, this first extrasolar glory will reveal more about the nature of this puzzling exoplanet, with exciting lessons for how to better understand strange, distant worlds. 
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SOHO reaches 5000 comets


A citizen scientist digging through data from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory has found the mission’s 5000th comet.
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Marvel at stunning echo of 800-year-old explosion


In the year 1181 a rare supernova explosion appeared in the night sky, staying visible for 185 consecutive days.
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Galactic Chloé - the Gaia mission


For Gaia’s 10-year anniversary, ESA champion Galactic Chloé and the ESA Gaia team are very happy to collaborate to tell the space mission's story.
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Space Team Europe for Euclid: Laurent Brouard


Focus on Euclid with Laurent Brouard: “I’m going to show you what a telescope that we send into space looks like.
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Space Team Europe for Euclid: Guadalupe Cañas Herrera


Focus on Euclid with Guadalupe Cañas Herrera: “I’m exactly where I’ve always wanted to be.
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