As planned, two Polish satellites were launched from the NASA center on the Wallops Island in the US on April 17 at 22:46 CET. KRAKsat built by students will carry out innovative tests; Światowid is the first Polish commercial and observation satellite.
Small amounts of methane are sometimes released from the below the surface of Mars, show the results of analyses of an international team. Researchers - including a Polish scientist - have identified a possible source of methane on Mars and determined where the gas in that source comes from.
Thanks to the team led by a Polish researcher we know with increasing precision what distance separates us from the Large Magellanic Cloud - the galaxy that is the nearest neighbour of the Milky Way. This distance is a cosmic distance standard used to calibrate other constants important for astronomers.
Astronomers have combined the forces of several dozens of radio telescopes from five continents to study the remnant of the merger of two neutron stars, for which the gravitational wave GW170817 was detected in August 2017. A radio telescope of the Centre for Astronomy of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń participated in the observations.