Comet ISON did not make it
Comet ISON did not make it. The comet did not survive passing at perihelion on November 28. The disintegration was caused by the structure of the cometary nucleus itself, by the intense gravitational pull and radiation from the sun and by the solar ejecta. In this movie from SOHO satellite (Image Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO/STEREO/GSFC), the live encounter of comet ISON with the sun can be seen. In the imagery the comet becomes brighter for a short time after perihelion raising hopes for its survival, which unfortunately proved immediately wrong. it is likely that comet ISON is now only dust
No Science? No Party!
Art, science and music cocktails
Science, art, music and food tasting are the ingredients of the series of scientific meetings entitled: "No science? No party!".
Planck: lights have been switched off but the party goes on
The satellite which has produced the most detailed map of the child Universe has been completely switched off. The collected information will require years of work to be fully exploited.
Press release (Italian)
For further information:
Planck at a glance (ESA)
Planck end (MEDIA INAF)
Good bye Margherita!
The death of Margherita Hack left deep emptiness, both moral and human, in all of us at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste. Margherita was director of the Observatory from 1964 to 1987. In the course of her long directorship she took up the reins of Astronomical Research in Trieste and transformed a small provincial Observatory into a modern International Research Institute. This was possible because her personality was a unique union of overflowing passion for research, great manager skills and steady character.
SIF congress, Researcher's Night, Trieste NEXT (September 2013)