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Groundbreaking nanosatellite imaging technology will revolutionize how we manage climate change

A pioneering Finnish nanosatellite has now reached space equipped with the world's smallest infrared hyperspectral camera. The photos with infrared data taken from the satellite provide new solutions for monitoring and managing the effects of climate change. The hyperspectral camera is a trailblazing innovation from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The Reaktor Hello World nanosatellite was launched into space on 29 November by the…

Research sheds new light on what drove last, long-term global climate...

The quest to discover what drove the last, long-term global climate shift on Earth, which took place around a million years ago, has taken a new, revealing twist. A team of researchers led by Dr Sev Kender from the University of Exeter, have found a fascinating new insight into the causes of the Mid-Pleistocene Transition (MPT) - the phenomenon whereby the planet experienced longer, intensified…

Faint glow within galaxy clusters illuminates dark matter

IMAGE: Hubble's powerful sensitivity and resolution captures a soft blue haze, called intracluster light, among innumerable galaxies in the Abell S1063 cluster. The stars producing this glow have been thrown out... view more  Credit: NASA, ESA and M. Montes (University of New South Wales) A new look at Hubble images of galaxies could be a step toward illuminating the elusive nature of dark matter, the unobservable…

ESO to host Cherenkov Telescope Array-South at Paranal

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA - https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/paranal-observatory/cta/ ) is the next-generation ground-based instrument designed to detect very high energy gamma rays, with sites in both the southern and northern hemispheres. Gamma rays are electromagnetic radiation of very high energy, emitted by the hottest and most extreme objects in the Universe -- supermassive black holes, supernovae and maybe even remnants of the Big Bang. On 19…

Beyond Einstein

IMAGE: This is an artist depiction of loop quantum gravity effects in a black hole. The bottom half of the image depicts the black hole which, according to general relativity, traps... view more  Credit: Credit: A. Corichi and J. P. Ruiz. When stars collapse, they can create black holes, which are everywhere throughout the universe and therefore important to be studied. Black holes are mysterious objects…

Beyond the black hole singularity

IMAGE: Artist representation of a black hole. The bottom half of the image depicts the black hole which, according to general relativity, traps everything including light. Effects based on loop quantum... view more  Credit: A. Corichi and J. P. Ruiz Our first glimpses into the physics that exist near the center of a black hole are being made possible using "loop quantum gravity"--a theory that uses…

NASA finds extreme rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Kenanga

NASA found very cold cloud top temperatures within the Southern Indian Ocean's Tropical Cyclone Kenanga that indicate powerful thunderstorms reaching high into the troposphere. Those storms were generating very heavy rainfall as confirmed by the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite. On December 18, 2018 at 10:04 a.m. EST (1504 UTC) the GPM core observatory satellite flew above powerful Tropical Cyclone Kenanga in…

NASA telescopes take a close look at the brightest comet of...

IMAGE: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope photographed comet 46P/Wirtanen on Dec. 13, when the comet was 7.4 million miles (12 million kilometers) from Earth. In this visible light image, the comet's nucleus... view more  Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Bodewits (Auburn University), and J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute) As the brilliant comet 46P/Wirtanen streaked across the sky, NASA telescopes caught it on camera from multiple angles. NASA's…

Faint starlight in Hubble images reveals distribution of dark matter

IMAGE: Abell S1063, a galaxy cluster, was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope as part of the Frontier Fields program. The huge mass of the cluster -- containing both baryonic... view more  Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Montes (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have employed a revolutionary method to detect dark matter in galaxy…

Synthetic biology goes to SPAAAAAAACE!

IMAGE: Seed storage and plant germination beds. view more  Credit: Mathew Crawley/University of Utah College of Science If humanity is going to push the boundaries of space exploration, we're going to need plants to come along for the ride. Not just spinach or potatoes, though--plants can do so much more than just feed us. A science experiment aiming to demonstrate plants' capabilities in space has arrived…
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