News: World Space Week 2016

From 4 to 10 October will be World Space Week, WSW, an initiative established by the United Nations on 6 December 1999 to commemorate two important historical dates: 4 October 1957, the date of the launch of the Russian satellite…



FAST is ready to scan the sky

FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope), the largest radio telescope in the world, is ready to scan the sky for extraterrestrial life. The radio telescope is situated in the remote county of Pingtang in the south western Chinese province of Guizhou,…



First Juno flyby successfully completed

It reached the orbit of Jupiter on 4 July (4 July 2016: the Juno spacecraft reached the orbit of Jupiter and brought a lot of Italy with it) and finally, after going through the turbulent clouds of Jupiter, last Saturday,…



The origin of Phobos and Deimos

Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars, are what remains of a much greater number of satellites, now disappeared, produced by an ancient, gigantic impact of the planet with another celestial body. This is the scenario that emerges from…



States of hydrogen

Hydrogen is the first atom of the periodic table, the one with the simplest structure, the most abundant element in the universe: we could say we know everything about it, and yet there is still much to discover. This is…

inquinamento luminoso


Light pollution map updated

Observing the stars, constellations, planets and other celestial bodies shine in the night sky has become increasingly difficult. Light pollution, in fact, has become increasingly widespread in recent years, now affecting as much as 80% of the world's population. In…



Rosetta discovers the fundamental elements for life

The Rosetta probe has detected a number of elements considered fundamental for the origin of life on Earth on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In the dust surrounding the nucleus of the comet, in fact, instruments of the European Space Agency's probe…



Transit of Mercury

Starting from 13.12 (Italian time) we will be able to observe the transit of Mercury in front of the Sun. Mercury will cross the solar disc almost diametrically and the transit will last a total of seven and a half…



Fourth Sentinel has left Earth

The launch of Sentinel-1B took place yesterday, 25 April, at 23.02 hours Italian time. After two postponements due to bad weather, the Soyuz rocket was finally able to take off from the European Space Agency (ESA) base in Kourou, French…

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