“Acquired by ESA’s Planck space telescope, the most detailed map ever created of the cosmic microwave background (the relic radiation from the Big Bang). Overall, the information extracted from Planck’s new map provides an excellent confirmation of the standard model of cosmology at an unprecedented accuracy, setting a new benchmark in our manifest of the contents of the Universe.”
NASA’s Curiosity rover has bored a 64mm-deep hole into a flat veiny patch of fine-grained sedimentary Martian bedrock for samples, which will be analysed onboard for evidence about long-gone wet environments. This is the first time we’ve drilled for samples on Mars.
This year the competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Sky at Night Magazine, received a record number of entries from amateurs and professional photographers from around the globe. The awards will be announced on 19 September and an exhibition of the winning entries will open at the observatory on 20 September.