Light in Astronomy

“Light in Astronomy”, the national event conceived by astronomers from the National Institute of Astrophysics to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, yesterday got underway. From 8 to 15 November, numerous initiatives are planned at the national…

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World Space Week

From 4 to 10 October will be the 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…



NASA confirms the presence of liquid water on Mars

Finally, the long-awaited confirmation of the presence of liquid water on Mars has arrived. In recent years, the probes in orbit around the Red Planet had taken photographs of structures resembling streams of water on the walls of volcanoes and…



Oxygen on exoplanets: bio or not bio?

One of the goals that astronomy has set itself is to determine if there is life on extrasolar planets. Oxygen has always been considered a necessary biological indicator to identify the presence of life on extrasolar planets. The Earth's atmosphere,…



The first images of Pluto have arrived

NASA has published the first images taken by the New Horizons space probe as it flew by Pluto. Attention focussed on the presence of mountains as high as 3500 metres, craters and canyons. From initial observations, it would seem that…



New Horizons meets Pluto

Tuesday, 14 July at 13:49 Italian time, NASA's New Horizons space probe will fly past Pluto, at an altitude of 12,500 kilometres, and past Charon, the largest of its moons. The probe began its long voyage on 19 January 2006,…



The first images of Sentinel-2A have arrived

The Sentinel-2A Europa satellite, in orbit since just a few days, is already at work; today, in fact, it sent the first images of the Earth. The launch of Sentinel-2A took place on 23 June at 3:51 Italian time from…



On the way back to Earth

Today, Samantha Cristoforetti is returning from the International Space Station (ISS), making her the woman to have spent the longest period in space in space mission history. AstroSamantha will leave for Earth aboard the Soyuz shuttle along with the American…



Record collisions at Cern

After two years of stoppage for maintenance, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva - the research centre directed by Fabiola Gianotti, is back in activity: on 3 June, in fact, the first collisions between protons accelerated to…

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