DECam Plane Survey Data Release: Catalogs and Images Now Available

A new publicly available data set offers a wealth of information on the structure of the disk of the Milky Way and its interstellar medium. _NOAO


Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration report the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors. This is the fourth announced detection of a binary black hole system and the first significant gravitational-wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector, and highlights the scientific potential of a three-detector network of gravitational-wave detectors._ LIGO Caltech

ESA’s Star Mapper visualisation

In 1989, ESA launched the first space mission dedicated to astrometry – the science of charting the sky. The satellite was named Hipparcos, echoing the name of ancient Greek astronomer, Hipparchus, who compiled the oldest known stellar catalogue in the second century BC. _ESA

Great Red Spot on Jupiter

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot – the largest and longest-persisting storm in the solar system – may provide the energy required to heat the planet’s upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. So says an international team of astronomers, who believe they have found that the atmosphere above the storm is hundreds of degrees hotter than anywhere else on the planet._Tushna Commissariat,

Meteor shower to shine in late July

Meteors will shine their way across the Southern Hemisphere’s twilight skies towards the end of this month._Jared Richards, Australian Geographic

Hubble Directly Measures Rotation of Cloudy ‘Super-Jupiter’

Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have been able to pick up the faint infrared glow of a giant planet located 170 light-years away from Earth. Not only is it glowing, but also rhythmically flickering as the planet spins on its axis like a top._HUBBLESITE

Gravitational waves

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time. In a highly anticipated announcement, physicists with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) revealed on 11 February that their twin detectors have heard the gravitational ‘ringing’ produced by the collision of two black holes about 400 megaparsecs (1.3 billion light-years) from Earth._nature

Why there is so little breathable oxygen in space?

Μπορεί να το αναπνέουμε κάθε λεπτό, αλλά στο διάστημα δεν βρίσκεται σχεδόν καθόλου μοριακό οξυγόνο. Το 1998, η NASA εκτόξευσε δορυφόρο με την προσδοκία ότι θα έβρισκε αρκετή ποσότητα οξυγόνου, κάτι το οποίο δεν συνέβει και οι επιστήμονες θεωρώντας ότι είχε υποστεί βλάβη στα όργανα μέτρησης, τον κατεύθυναν πίσω στην γή.