Double-Peak and Destroy: Accretion in a Tidal Disruption Event Reveals Itself

Double-Peak and Destroy: Accretion in a Tidal Disruption Event Reveals Itself

Astrobites reports on the first confident detection of an accretion disk that formed after a supermassive black hole tore apart a hapless star.

Source: aasnova.org/2020/04/28/double-peak-and-destroy-accretion-in-a-tidal-disruption-event-reveals-itself

Double-Peak and Destroy: Accretion in a Tidal Disruption Event Reveals Itself Astrobites reports on the first confident detection of an accretion disk that formed after a supermassive black hole tore apart a hapless star. Source: aasnova.org/2020/04/28/double-peak-and-destroy-accretion-in-a-tidal-disruption-event-reveals-itself

Swift Mission Observed Water from Interstellar Comet Borisov – Astrobiology

For the first time, NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory tracked water loss from an interstellar comet as it approached and rounded the Sun. The object, 2I/Borisov, traveled through the solar system in late 2019.

“Borisov doesn’t fit neatly into any class of solar system comets, but it also doesn’t stand out exceptionally from them,” said Zexi Xing, a graduate student at the University of Hong Kong and Auburn University in Alabama who led the research. “There are known comets that share at least one of its properties.”

 

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Source: astrobiology.com/2020/04/swift-mission-observed-water-from-interstellar-comet-borisov.html

For the first time, NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory tracked water loss from an interstellar comet as it approached and rounded the Sun. The object, 2I/Borisov, traveled through the solar system in late 2019. “Borisov doesn’t fit neatly into any class of solar system comets, but it also doesn’t stand Continue Reading

Nineteen mysterious invaders from another Solar System spotted hanging around the outside edge of ours

 

Nineteen mysterious invaders from another Solar System spotted hanging around the outside edge of ours

Plus astroboffins confirm ‘masked’ asteroid heading Earthwards

Source: www.theregister.co.uk/2020/04/24/oddball_asteroids_orbiting/

  Nineteen mysterious invaders from another Solar System spotted hanging around the outside edge of ours Plus astroboffins confirm ‘masked’ asteroid heading Earthwards Source: www.theregister.co.uk/2020/04/24/oddball_asteroids_orbiting/

New research shows interstellar visitor 21/Borisov is not your average comet

 

New research shows interstellar visitor 21/Borisov is not your average comet

Two new separate studies published in Nature today have revealed that our second interstellar visitor, 21/Borisov, packs in three times as much CO than any other comet found wandering in the inner Solar System – a feature that gives astronomers a clue as to where it formed

Source: room.eu.com/news/new-research-shows-interstellar-visitor-21borisov-is-not-your-average-comet

  New research shows interstellar visitor 21/Borisov is not your average comet Two new separate studies published in Nature today have revealed that our second interstellar visitor, 21/Borisov, packs in three times as much CO than any other comet found wandering in the inner Solar System – a feature that Continue Reading

Unlike Earth, Maybe Mars Didn’t Form With a Subsurface Magma Ocean

 

Unlike Earth, Maybe Mars Didn’t Form With a Subsurface Magma Ocean

Researchers thought Mars formed — and potentially created a life-supporting atmosphere — like Earth did.

Source: www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/unlike-earth-maybe-mars-didnt-form-with-a-subsurface-magma-ocean

  Unlike Earth, Maybe Mars Didn’t Form With a Subsurface Magma Ocean Researchers thought Mars formed — and potentially created a life-supporting atmosphere — like Earth did. Source: www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/unlike-earth-maybe-mars-didnt-form-with-a-subsurface-magma-ocean

The Universe may not look the same in all directions after all – Astronomy Now

The Universe may not look the same in all directions after all – Astronomy Now

One of the core assumptions all professional and amateur astronomers learn when first entering the field is that at large scales, the universe appears the same in all directions, that is, it’s isotropic.

A paper accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics suggests that may not be the case.

An international team of researchers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton and other data archives studied the X-ray luminosity of 842 galaxy clusters.

The Universe may not look the same in all directions after all – Astronomy Now One of the core assumptions all professional and amateur astronomers learn when first entering the field is that at large scales, the universe appears the same in all directions, that is, it’s isotropic. A paper Continue Reading

Data from Parker Solar Probe’s Third Orbit Now Available to the Public

 

Data from Parker Solar Probe’s Third Orbit Now Available to the Public

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe team released a second collection of science data to the public on April 14, 2020. The release includes science data from all four of Parker Solar Probe’s instrument suites, spanning the mission’s third orbit around the Sun, which began on June 18, 2019 and completed on November 15, 2019.

Source: parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/Show-Article.php?articleID=145

  Data from Parker Solar Probe’s Third Orbit Now Available to the Public NASA’s Parker Solar Probe team released a second collection of science data to the public on April 14, 2020. The release includes science data from all four of Parker Solar Probe’s instrument suites, spanning the mission’s third Continue Reading

Likely Breakup of an Indonesian Commsat Over Guam. Chinese Long March-3B/G2 Failed During 3rd Stage

r/space – Likely Breakup of an Indonesian Commsat Over Guam. Chinese Long March-3B/G2 Failed During 3rd Stage

Oh dear – another one disintegrates over Guam

Source: www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/fxtfx9/likely_breakup_of_an_indonesian_commsat_over_guam/

r/space – Likely Breakup of an Indonesian Commsat Over Guam. Chinese Long March-3B/G2 Failed During 3rd Stage Oh dear – another one disintegrates over Guam Source: www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/fxtfx9/likely_breakup_of_an_indonesian_commsat_over_guam/

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes

A new exhibition pairs paintings by Indigenous Australian artists with microscopic images captured by scientists. The parallels are intriguing.

Source: www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/10/19/resonances-between-indigenous-art-and-images-captured-microscopes

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes A new exhibition pairs paintings by Indigenous Australian artists with microscopic images captured by scientists. The parallels are intriguing. Source: www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/10/19/resonances-between-indigenous-art-and-images-captured-microscopes

Sub-Neptune sized planet validated with the Habitable-zone Planet Finder

A signal originally detected by the Kepler spacecraft has been validated as an exoplanet using the Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF), an astronomical spectrograph built by a Penn State team and recently installed on the 10m Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory in Texas. The HPF provides the highest precision measurements to date of infrared signals from nearby low-mass stars, and astronomers used it to validate the candidate planet by excluding all possibilities of contaminating signals to very high level of probability. The details of the findings appear in the Astronomical Journal.

Source: science.psu.edu/news/Mahadevan2-2020

A signal originally detected by the Kepler spacecraft has been validated as an exoplanet using the Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF), an astronomical spectrograph built by a Penn State team and recently installed on the 10m Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory in Texas. The HPF provides the highest precision measurements to Continue Reading

Astronomers Discover Class of Strange Objects Near Our Galaxy’s Enormous Black Hole

Astronomers Discover Class of Strange Objects Near Our Galaxy’s Enormous Black Hole – W. M. Keck Observatory

 

The Keck Observatory telescopes on Maunakea in Hawaii, are the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes. Keck Observatory’s vision is to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries with the world.

Source: keckobservatory.org/g-objects-2/

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Astronomers Discover Class of Strange Objects Near Our Galaxy’s Enormous Black Hole – W. M. Keck Observatory   The Keck Observatory telescopes on Maunakea in Hawaii, are the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes. Keck Observatory’s vision is to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries with the Continue Reading