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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

European Space Agency (ESA)

Image - Integral Manoeuvres for the Future

Integral Manoeuvres for the Future

Since 2002, ESA’s Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes. While it still has years of life ahead, its fuel will certainly run out one day. Integral, one of ESA’s longest-serving and most successful space observatories, has begun a series of four thruster burns car...
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Image - Gaia Discovers its 1st Supernova

Gaia Discovers its 1st Supernova

While scanning the sky to measure the positions and movements of stars in our Galaxy, Gaia has discovered its first stellar explosion in another galaxy far, far away. This powerful event, now named Gaia14aaa, took place in a distant galaxy some 500 million light-years away, and was revealed via a sudden rise in the galaxy’s brightness between two Gaia observat...
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