Carnia Nebula: One of the ‘most massive star-forming regions in the Galaxy’

Carnia Nebula: One of the ‘most massive star-forming regions in the Galaxy’

Incredible images showing the pillars of destruction have been released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Huge towers of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula are being studied to better understand star formation – and analysis of the images shows how the stars appear to be destroying their creators. Scientists used the Muse instrument on the ESOs Very Large Telescope to take thousands of images of the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light years away. Nov 2, 2016
Watch a fiery sky lit up by radiowaves from 300,000 galaxies

Watch a fiery sky lit up by radiowaves from 300,000 galaxies

If humans could see radiowaves then this is what the night sky would look like. For the first time scientists have imaged 300,000 galaxies using a telescope deep in the Australian outback, colouring the images to make the radiowaves visible to humans. Oct 27, 2016
The tilt of the Sun could be caused by undiscovered Planet 9

The tilt of the Sun could be caused by undiscovered Planet 9

The undiscovered Planet Nine could be responsible for the unusual six-degree tilt of the Sun, according to a new study. The suggestions is that the large planet, 10 times the size of Earth, may be adding a wobble to the solar system which gives the appearance that the sun is titled slightly. Oct 20, 2016
Chinas manned Shenzhou 11 spacecraft has successfully docked with its space lab

Chinas manned Shenzhou 11 spacecraft has successfully docked with its space lab

Two astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, have entered the lab to begin a 30-day stay, spending a total of 33 days in space, the longest yet for China. Advancing Chinas space programme is a priority for Beijing, aiming to have a more permanent space station and the possibility for manned trips to the Moon and Mars as well as operating the worlds largest radio telescope. Oct 19, 2016
Iraqi forces advance against Islamic State in Mosul offensive

Iraqi forces advance against Islamic State in Mosul offensive

As part of the Iraqi governments offensive on Mosul, Iraqi Kurdish military forces have started to clear several villages held by Islamic State. Some 30,000 Iraqi government forces, Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters are expected to take part in the offence to drive up to 8,000 Islamic State militants out of Mosul. If Mosul falls, Raqqa in Syria will be Islamic States last city stronghold. Oct 17, 2016
ExoMars mission to try and discover life on Mars to land on 19 October

ExoMars mission to try and discover life on Mars to land on 19 October

The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars on Wednesday (19 October), consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module, known as Schiaparelli. The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESAs contribution to subsequent missions to Mars. Oct 17, 2016