dcsimg

space

Stephen Hawking, science’s brightest star

Stephen Hawking was a great man of science. His scientific interests ranged from cosmology to physics, from mathematics to artificial intelligence. In recent times he even took an interest in space exploration with the Breakthrough Starshot project to send miniature…

space

Galileo now has two more satellites

On 10 August, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) officially announced that two more satellites had gone into operation in the Galileo constellation, the European global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for civilian use, thus bringing the total number of satellites currently…

space

20 July 2016: 40 years ago the Viking 1 lander touched down on Mars

On 20 July of 40 years ago, the Viking 1 lander touched down on Mars and made history as the first NASA space mission to perform a successful landing on the fourth planet of the solar system (all international missions…

space

4 July 2016: the Juno spacecraft reached the orbit of Jupiter and brought a lot of Italy with it

Who better than a goddess like Juno could have given its name to this space mission to study the largest planet of the Solar System? In Roman mythology, the god Jupiter was transformed into a cloud to hide his actions,…

space

The cosmic microwave background radiation

In 1965, while studying the ground noise of a radio antenna, two technicians of the Bell Telephone Laboratories heard a weak radio signal coming from space, whose peculiarity was to own the same intensity in every direction. This signal represents…

space

The definition of a dwarf planet

Astronomy, like all scientific disciplines, is continuously evolving. Along with it, even its classification structure is subjected to periodic up-dates. The latest has raised a great stir because it has closely affected the image that the general public has of…

space

The Olbers paradox

Why is the sky dark at night? What seems like an obvious question, actually needs a more complex explanation. If in fact the universe, as big as it may be, has finite dimensions and the stars are evenly distributed, we…

space

The PP cycle

Nuclear fusion within the stars begins with the different passages of hydrogen transformation into helium. Stars that are going through this cycle are in the most stable and long lasting period of their whole existence because the scale times at…

space

A black hole in our galaxy

All the existing galaxies, and our Milky Way too, hide in their centres giant black holes, with masses estimated in 106 and 109 of the solar masses. In the centre of our galaxy, in a region hosting a radio source…

With the sponsorship of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research
 
Eni S.p.A. - P.IVA 00905811006
next page?