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Dawn of a galactic collision [heic1720]

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:52
A riot of colour and light dances through this peculiarly shaped galaxy, NGC 5256. Its smoke-like plumes are flung out in all directions and the bright core illuminates the chaotic regions of gas and dust swirling through the galaxy's centre. Its odd structure is due to the fact that this is not one galaxy, but two – in the process of a galactic collision.
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Gaia's view of our galactic neighbours

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:52
Measuring the positions and motions of more than a billion stars, ESA's Gaia mission will refine our knowledge about our place in the Universe, providing the best ever star chart of our Milky Way and its neighbouring galaxies.
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Giant storms cause palpitations in Saturn's atmospheric heartbeat

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:52
Immense northern storms on Saturn can disturb atmospheric patterns at the planet's equator, finds the international Cassini mission. This effect is also seen in Earth's atmosphere, suggesting the two planets are more alike than previously thought.
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Green light for continued operations of ESA science missions

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:52
ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has approved indicative extensions, up to 2019-2020, for the operation of eight scientific missions.
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Herschel data links mysterious quasar winds to furious starbursts

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:52
Astronomers have used ESA's Herschel Space Observatory to solve a decades-old mystery about the origin of powerful cool gas winds in the hot environs of quasars. The evidence linking these powerful winds to star formation in the quasar host galaxies may also help resolve the mystery of why the size of galaxies in the Universe appears to be capped.
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Cosmic Vision M4 candidate missions: presentation event

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:52
ARIEL, THOR, and XIPE, the three candidates for the M4 medium-class mission in ESA's Science Programme, will be presented to the science community at a special event in Paris on 3 July 2017. The deadline to register for this event is 10 June.
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ESA identifies new science ideas for future space missions

Mon, 2018-01-08 11:52
Last year, ESA called on the scientific community to propose new and innovative science ideas that could be relevant for future space missions within the Science Programme. From the proposals that were received three key areas of interest have been selected for further investigation.
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