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2020
This illustration depicts a star experiencing 'spaghettification' as it is shredded into streams and sucked into a supermassive black hole during a ‘tidal disruption event’. (Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)
12 OCT

Telescopes record last moments of star ‘eaten’ by a black hole

Researchers from DTU have contributed to a study that describe the rare blast of light from a star being torn to pieces by a supermassive black hole.

Space research Astrophysics
This illustration shows how material is being dragged from the blue 'host star' towards a neutron star by the latters’ huge field of gravity and resulting in a nuclear reaction on the surface of the neutron star. (Illustration: NASA)
14 AUG

Scientists compile huge catalogue of wild explosions in space

DTU has contributed to an international study that has examined decades of X-ray data and created the world’s largest collection of thermonuclear explosions on neutron...

Space research Astrophysics
60 stars of the so-called Delta Scuti type - like this one called beta Pictoriser - have been analyzed in depth by  an international research team involving DTU Space. (Illustration: ESO)
13 MAY

Scientists measure complex vibration patterns in young stars

Researchers from DTU have contributed to an international study that have been able to detect and map elusive pulsation patterns for 60 young, large stars that up until...

Space research Astrophysics
Tadea Veng. Foto: Mikal Schlosser
10 FEB

Global sea level rise is accelerating

Using data from European satellites, a young student at DTU Space has demonstrated that the global sea level rise has accelerated over the past four decades.  

Climate change Polar research Marine research Satelittes
ASIM based research hit the frontpage of Science 10 January 2020. (Photo: Science)
17 JAN

Denmark's space mission ASIM constitute a cycle of knowledge

The first major results from the Danish-led ASIM mission, which investigates lightning in space, were recently on the front page of Science. This concludes a cycle of knowledge...

Space research
2019
A huge and dusty star-forming galaxy like Mambo-9  could look like this in visible light according to an artist’s impression (Illustration: NRAO/AUI/NSF/B. Saxton).
17 DEC

Giant galaxy is almost as old as the Universe it self

Researchers have spotted that an enormous galaxy grew very big surprisingly fast after Big Bang. This has been discovered using the ALMA telescope in an international collaboration...

Astrophysics
Simulation of a TGF event generated by researchers at the ASIM Science Data Centre (ASDC) at DTU Space - Denmark's National Space Institute (Illustration: DTU Space).
11 DEC

ASIM data becomes available for lightning researchers

Data on lightning phenomena in Space near Earth captured by the Danish Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM), on board the International Space Station (ISS), have...

Space technology and instruments The Solar system
The discovery emission of the extremely energetic light particles was made with data from the telescopes MAGIC and NOT situated on the Canary Islands.  (Photo: NOT, Nordic Optical Telescope/Jyri Näränen)
25 NOV

Scientists detect extreme emission from a far away dying star

Researchers at DTU Space, in an international collaboration with the Niels Bohr Institute, have for the first time determined the emission of extremely energetic light...

Astrophysics
Circling neutron stars as imagined by artist (Illustration: ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser)
23 OCT

DTU helps to solve a big question about heavy elements' origin

Researchers from DTU Space are part of an international team who have discovered that some of the heavy elements – in particular strontium – are formed in neutron...

Astrophysics Satelittes
Photo: Diane Juncher/NOT
25 AUG

DTU and NASA to look for new planets from the Canary Islands

Experts from DTU Space have been working in the Canary Islands this summer. They have upgraded the Nordic telescope on the island of La Palma, and it is now tuned to look...

Space research Astrophysics Space technology and instruments
Photo: Annette Refn
12 AUG

Hans Christian Ørsted Research Award 2019 goes to DTU space scientist

Lightning scientist Torsten Neubert receives the Hans Christian Ørsted Research Award for his contribution to an understanding of how giant lightning bolts are created...

Space research
This satellite photo taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission 9 June 2019 shows a swirl of sea ice off the east coast of Greenland.  (Image: ESA)
16 JUL

New study underlines sea level rise in the Arctic ocean

Sea levels in the Arctic oceans have risen an average of 2.2 millimeters per year over the last 22 years.This is the conclusion reached by a Danish-German research team...

Earth observation Satelittes Climate change
Photo: DTU Space
21 JUN

Climate change can alter Greenland drastically

If climate change continues unabated, all the ice in Greenland may melt away in the course of just a thousand years and will lead to significant changes in the environment...

Climate change Ice research Earth observation
Illustration: NASA
14 JUN

Denmark to name planet discovered by DTU researcher

Citizens of Denmark are invited to make suggestions for the names of an exoplanet and star discovered in 2008 some 1,000 light years from Earth.

The Solar system Astrophysics
Michael Schultz Rasmussen takes up his position as head of the new Geo-division i August 2019, he comes from a position as manager at COWI A/S. (Photo: DTU Space/COWI)
07 JUN

DTU Space appoints head of new Geo-division

Michael Schultz Rasmussen has been appointed Head of Division for the new Space Geodesy Division at DTU Space. He comes from a position as manager at COWI A/S.

Earth observation Satelittes Climate change Mapping and surveying Earth sciences
Med et 'Boarding Pass' til Mars-2020-missionen, kan man få sit navn med til Mars, lover NASA. (Illustration: NASA/MGA/DTU Space)
28 MAY

DTU equipment on board NASA’s next big mission to Mars

NASA will soon launch its Mars 2020 mission to the red planet with DTU equipment on board. Already now NASA is offering people across the planet a boarding pass for the...

Space research Space technology and instruments The Solar system
ASIM was launched in April 2018 and is mounted on The International Space Station (ISS) about 400 km above the Earth. (Photo: ESA)
09 APR

New knowledge about giant lightning bolts in space

Measurements from the large ASIM space project shows a firework of blue lightning and X-ray radiation above thunderclouds.

Earth observation Space technology and instruments
Senior Scientist at DTU Space, Irfan Kuvvetli, is in charge of DTU’s work on the cancer detector system. Here a part of the system is being tested in a DTU Space lab. (Photo: DTU Space/M.G. Andersen)
29 MAR

DTU Space to develop cancer scanner with English company

DTU Space and UK company Kromek have started a collaboration to develop a new advanced scanner that have a huge potential for improving breast cancer diagnosis.

Medicine and medico technology Space technology and instruments
The ice cap is monitored via satellites combined with data from 57 GPS stations measuring directly on the bedrock in Greenland how much it rises when the ice on top of it melts away. In this way, the loss of ice is calculated very precisely.  Photo: Finn Bo Madsen.
22 JAN

Greenland ice melt accelerating dramatically

New study shows that the melt process reacts surprisingly quickly to changes in the atmosphere and the waters around Greenland.

Climate change Ice research Earth observation
SN 2017iuk emitting intense gamma-ray bursts at its ends—shown as grey jets—while material is simultaneously ejected in a ‘cocoon‘ shape at the sides—shown in red. Illustration: Anna S. Esposito.
21 JAN

Violent stellar explosion provides new knowledge about the universe

Researchers from DTU Space have helped identify a phenomenon rarely observed, originating from a giant stellar explosion far out in the universe. The new discovery has...

Space research Astrophysics

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30 OCTOBER 2020