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Wed, 22 May 2019 12:00:01 UT

Hubble observes creative destruction as galaxies collide [heic1910]
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a new look at the spectacular irregular galaxy NGC 4485, which has been warped and wound by its larger galactic neighbour. The gravity of the second galaxy has disrupted the ordered collection of stars, gas and dust, giving rise to an erratic region of newborn, hot, blue stars and chaotic clumps and streams of dust and gas.

Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists and Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits the participation of the scientific community as Interdisciplinary Scientists or Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission, to augment the scientific return of the mission as a whole.

Hubble Assembles Wide View of the Distant Universe [heic1909]
Astronomers developed a mosaic of the distant Universe that documents 16 years of observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image, called the Hubble Legacy Field, contains roughly 265 000 galaxies that stretch back to just 500 million years after the Big Bang.

Observing Gaia from Earth to improve its star maps
While ESA's Gaia mission has been surveying more than one billion stars from space, astronomers have been regularly monitoring the satellite's position in the sky with telescopes across the world, including the European Southern Observatory in Chile, to further refine Gaia's orbit and ultimately improve the accuracy of its stellar census.

Scientists get to the bottom of a 'spitting' black hole
Data from ESA's INTEGRAL high-energy observatory have helped shed light on the workings of a mysterious black hole found spitting out 'bullets' of plasma while rotating through space.

Call for Proposals for an ESA-ESO Workshop in 2020
Members of the astronomy community are invited to submit proposals for a joint ESA-ESO workshop, to be held 21-25 September 2020, at ESAC, in Spain. Proposals should relate to science/facility-related topics where both ESA and ESO have provided and/or provide crucial contributions. The deadline for proposals is 5 June 2019.

Planck reveals link between active galaxies and their dark matter environment
Scientists have used the tiny distortions imprinted on the cosmic microwave background by the gravity of matter throughout the Universe, recorded by ESA's Planck satellite, to uncover the connection between the luminosity of quasars – the bright cores of active galaxies – and the mass of the much larger 'halos' of dark matter in which they sit. The result is an important confirmation for our understanding of how galaxies evolve across cosmic history.

Call for White Papers in the Voyage 2050 long-term plan in the ESA Science Programme
The next planning cycle in ESA's Science Programme, Voyage 2050, is now underway. Ideas are solicited from the scientific community for the science themes that should be covered during the Voyage 2050 planning cycle, which covers the time period 2035-2050. Deadline for receipt of White Papers: 5 August 2019, 12:00 (noon) CEST.

3rd Announcement of Opportunity for the Cluster Guest Investigator and Early Career Scientist Programme
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicits proposals for participation in the Cluster Guest Investigator and Early Career Scientist programme.

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