The Planetary Society Blog 17 Jan 2020, 13:00 UTC NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured these images of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede at a distance of roughly 100,000 kilometers during a flyby of Jupiter on 25 December 2019. They are the first-ever images of Ganymede’s nort
SPACE.com 17 Jan 2020, 11:59 UTC A planet-hunting telescope recently made a new discovery about the Milky Way's past cannibalism. Data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) showed the age of an ancient star in our galaxy that has a curious life story.
Astro Bob 16 Jan 2020, 18:42 UTC We’re naturally drawn to the bright and obvious in the night sky. Everyone knows Orion the hunter and many of us can find Sirius in Canis Major the Big Dog. Ditto for the Big Dipper. All this attention-grabbing leaves the lesser constellations to ply the sky with far fewer admirers. Let’s do something to correct that. We’ll start with a surprisingly easy but virtually unknown star group — at least among the general populace — called Canis Minor the Little Dog.
Centauri Dreams 16 Jan 2020, 16:57 UTC While we continue to labor over the question of planets around Alpha Centauri A and B, Proxima Centauri — that tiny red dwarf with an unusually interesting planet in the habitable zone — remains a robust source of new work. It’s surely going to be an early target for whatever interstellar probes we eventually send, and is the presumptive first destination of Breakthrough Starshot. Now we have news of a possible second planet here, though well outside the habitable zone. Nonetheless, Proxima Centauri c, if it is there, commands the attention.
Bad Astronomy 16 Jan 2020, 14:00 UTC At the center of our Milky Way galaxy sits a supermassive black hole — which astronomers named Sgr A* — with over 4 million times the Sun's mass. But it's not alone. Lots of other stuff is there, too, orbiting that black hole, including stars, gas, and dust. Over time, we can see these objects move, held sway by the incredible gravity of Sgr A*. In fact, the motions of several stars have told us a lot about the black hole itself.
Universe Today 16 Jan 2020, 10:27 UTC Astronomers have discovered another candidate exoplanet orbiting our neighbor, Proxima Centauri. A paper announcing these results was just published in the journal Science Advances. If confirmed, it will be the second exoplanet orbiting the star.