ALMA finds Ingredient of Life around Infant Sun-like Stars

ALMA has observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate — a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort from which our Solar System evolved. The discovery could help astronomers understand … Read more

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA’s Juno Mission

Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the … Read more

Under Construction: Distant Galaxy Churning Out Stars at Remarkable Rate

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to show that a recently-discovered galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary boom of stellar construction. The galaxy is 12.7 billion light years from Earth, seen at a critical stage in the evolution of galaxies about a billion years after the Big Bang. After astronomers discovered the … Read more

Sculpting Solar Systems

ESO’s SPHERE instrument reveals protoplanetary discs being shaped by newborn planets Sharp new observations have revealed striking features in planet-forming discs around young stars. The SPHERE instrument, mounted on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has made it possible to observe the complex dynamics of young solar systems — including one seen developing in real-time. The recently … Read more

Council’s bright idea to boost income

An innovative solar farm deal by Warrington Borough Council is set to generate millions in vital funds for the authority. The council has teamed up with and Newham and Thurrock Councils to purchase bonds in Swindon Solar Park. The environmentally-friendly deal – agreed with owners Rockfire Capital – makes Warrington, Newham and Thurrock among the … Read more

Solar panels help West Lancashire Borough Council tenants save money on energy bills

West Lancashire Borough Council and a large number of its tenants are reaping the benefits of solar panels installed on their homes. Panels were installed by the Council on 588 of its properties in different parts of the borough. Work began on the project in late 2015 and was completed in January 2016. The Council … Read more