Scientific American 11 Mar 2019, 11:00 UTC It would pose some dangers, of course—but it could also be fun!
Centauri Dreams 8 Mar 2019, 18:30 UTC A planet designated Kepler-1658b is, after a good deal of investigation, demonstrated to be a ‘hot Jupiter,’ orbiting a star that is 50 percent more massive and three times larger than the Sun. The sizzling world is close enough to its star that were you to look into its sky from near the planet, the star would be 60 times larger than the Sun as seen from Earth. And while none of this makes Kepler-1658b unique in our catalog, what does stand out is how we learned all this.
Sky and Telescope 8 Mar 2019, 16:01 UTC The Cigar Galaxy (M82), a spiral galaxy viewed edge-on, is burning with new stars. They form at a rate ten times faster than the Milky Way and push dust and gas out of the galaxy in a “superwind.” This neat new image from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) shows how the wind is dragging the galaxy’s magnetic field right along with it.
Bad Astronomy 8 Mar 2019, 14:00 UTC A weird thing about astronomy is that one of the hardest things in the entire Universe to understand is the Milky Way galaxy. It’s like knowing a lot about your neighborhood, the nearby city, and even your state, but not really knowing much about your own house. To be fair, it’s like trying to understand your house but not being allowed to leave your closet. We’re inside the Milky Way, stuck about halfway out from the center, and everything we learn about it we learn from right here. The good news is we humans are really, really clever.
ESO Blog 8 Mar 2019, 11:00 UTC Our staff and visitors seem to find taking photos at our stunning locations irresistible. And what breathtaking photos they are! To give both professional and budding photographers the chance to share their images with the world, we created a Flickr group called Your ESO Pictures. For this week’s blog post, ESO’s outreach team was given the tricky task of choosing their favourite photos from this group.
Universe Today 7 Mar 2019, 21:58 UTC After more than 10 years of hard work, NASA has reached another milestone. We’re accustomed to NASA reaching milestones, but this one’s a little different. This one’s all about a type of photography that captures images of the flow of fluids.
You’re in This Picture. It’s a Selfie Taken by SpaceIL’s Beresheet Lunar Lander on its Way to the Moon7 Mar 2019, 19:02 UTC Israel’s space program doesn’t get a lot of headlines. Israel itself is in the news a lot, but usually for other reasons. But they do have a space program, and right now they have a lander, called Beresheet, on the way to the Moon. Israel’s space program is run by the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and their lunar lander is called “Beresheet,” which means beginning or Genesis in Hebrew. (If you speak Hebrew, and I’ve got that wrong, please offer a correction.) But Beresheet itself is actually the creation of a non-profit society called SpaceIL. Three young engineers founded SpaceIL in 2011 to compete in Google’s Lunar XPRIZE, which challenged groups to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon. SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander was one of the finalists in that competition, but the competition ended on March 31st, 2018, without a winner. It’s a pretty amazing story, and now Beresheet is almost at the Moon.
The Planetary Society Blog 7 Mar 2019, 18:18 UTC Hayabusa2 scored a near-perfect bulls-eye during its touchdown on Ryugu in February, according to a 5 March press briefing by JAXA officials. The mission is gearing up for more action-packed operations that include using explosives and a copper projectile to create a crater, and a possible second sample collection after that.