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…



Record-breaking black hole

In a galaxy not far from ours, where scientists thought they could not find such large objects, a supermassive black hole has been discovered. Affirming so is a study recently published in Nature, which also affirms that there could be…



3000 drawings ready to leave for the space with CHEOPS

3000 drawings have been selected among the tens of thousands which entered the "Send your drawing into space with CHEOPS" contest, open to all children between 8 and 14 years of age from Switzerland or one of the ESA, European…



ExoMars2016, Europe ready to leave for Mars

The launch of the ExoMars probe from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan is scheduled for today at 10:31 (Italian time). ExoMars is a robotic exploration mission of Mars developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Space…

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