Month: June 2015
Hubble views a nitrogen-rich planetary nebula
See Saturn’s close brush with the Moon on 28 June
Messier 87 has swallowed an entire galaxy in the last billion years
M87 is a giant elliptical galaxy with a total mass more than a million million times that of the Sun that lies at the centre of the Virgo Cluster about 50 million light-years away. New observations with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope have revealed the full extent of the galaxy’s cannibalistic nature.
Monster black hole wakes up after 26 years
On 15 June 2015, a long-time acquaintance of X-ray and gamma ray astronomers made its comeback to the cosmic stage: V404 Cygni, a system comprising a black hole and a star orbiting one another. It is located in our Milky Way galaxy, almost 8,000 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.
Global Asteroid Day events and webcasts set for June 30
Red dwarf seen stripping atmosphere from Neptune-sized exoplanet
Celestron boosts UK presence
New Horizons sees Pluto’s close approach hemisphere and Charon’s ‘dark pole’
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft doesn’t pass Pluto until July 14th — zipping by about 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometres) above the surface of the dwarf planet after a journey of almost 3 billion miles — but the mission team is making tantalising new discoveries as the piano-sized probe bears down on the Pluto system.