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Counting stars with Gaia

This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighbouring Magellanic Clouds, it was obtained in a rather unusual way. To source

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Telescopes focus on target of ESA’s asteroid mission

Telescopes around the globe recently homed in on one point in the sky, observing the paired Didymos asteroids – the target for ESA’s proposed Asteroid Impact Mission. The 800 m-diameter main body is orbited by a 170 m moon, informally dubbed Didymoon. The duo were more favourably placed from March until early June for studies. To […]

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Sampit, Indonesia

Earth observation image of the week: a Sentinel-1A image of the Indonesian island of Borneo, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme To source

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Selfies with Earth

Space Science Image of the Week: Fifteen years ago, XMM-Newton took a series of mesmerising self-portraits with our planet To source

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Hubble 25

Celebrating 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope, this montage presents the incredible range of images that have helped to shape our view of the Universe To source

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