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21 Years of XMM-Newton celebrated with a new catalogue and an ambitious citizen science project

On the 21st anniversary of the launch of the European Space Agency’s X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (XMM-SSC) are releasing a new catalogue, 4XMM-DR10, of all of […]

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PEP consortium delivers flight models of the first four particle detectors of the JUICE probe to Jupiter

After 8 years of development, the PEP consortium, which includes IRAP (CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse and CNES) (1), has just delivered to Airbus the flight models of the […]

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Machine learning: a breakthrough in the study of stellar nurseries

Artificial intelligence can make it possible to see astrophysical phenomena that were previously beyond reach. This has now been demonstrated by scientists from the CNRS (IRAP included), IRAM, Observatoire de […]

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Uncovering the hidden side of storms – France’s Taranis satellite to launch in november

Sprites, elves, jets… few people know that scientists habitually use such other-worldly words to describe transient luminous events or TLEs, light flashes that occur during active storms just a few […]

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Surprisingly mature galaxies in the early Universe

When the Universe was only a tenth of its current age its galaxies experienced a growth spurt.  It was this period that the scientists in the ALPINE project (1) focused […]

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Neo-Narval, a new instrument at the summit of the Pic du Midi

Exoplanets are on a roll! This is evidenced by the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to the Swiss Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of the first […]

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Astronomers Take Action to Raise Awareness of Climate Change

The journal Nature Astronomy published on September 10, 2020, a series of articles written by astronomers on the relationship between astronomical research and the climate crisis. This edition underlines the […]

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Delivery of DPIX to CNES, the eyes of the camera ECLAIRs

The DPIX detection plan was delivered to CNES by IRAP, after several years of development that saw a succession of complex realization steps and tests, resulting in a perfectly operational […]

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Launch of the Mars 2020 mission – The Perseverance rover with the SuperCam instrument on board is on its way to Mars!

Thursday, July 30, 2020, successful launch of the Mars 2020 mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida! Aboard an Atlas V launcher, the Perseverance rover that carries the Franco-American SuperCam instrument begins […]