ESO Blog 31 May 2019, 10:00 UTC We want to share a secret: scientists fail all the time. A lot of scientific research leads to a “null” result, meaning that it is not a discovery. And though these results are vital steps on the road to discovery, they are rarely published, meaning that a huge chunk of science goes missing. But unfortunately for the following scientists, some failures are so dramatic that they go down in history.
ABC 31 May 2019, 05:50 UTC On May 28, 1900, the moon momentarily covered the sun — and British magician-turned-pioneering-filmmaker Nevil Maskelyne was there to capture it. Nearly 120 years later, the earliest moving picture of the total solar eclipse has been painstakingly scanned and restored by conservation experts at the British National Archive, who have reassembled and retimed Maskelyne's footage frame by frame.
Universe Today 30 May 2019, 22:40 UTC The answer has to do with Hubble’s history. It’s easy to forget that the Hubble has been in space since 1990. That’s going on 30 years now. And during that time, it’s been serviced and had its cameras upgraded. One camera in particular is responsible for these “staircase” images.
Universe Today 30 May 2019, 18:44 UTC Get used to hearing the name “Jezero Crater.” It’s the landing site for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. The 2020 rover is slated to launch in July 2020, and will land at Jezero Crater in February, 2021.
Centauri Dreams 30 May 2019, 16:15 UTC A planet labeled NGTS-4b has turned up in a data space where astronomers had not expected it, the so-called ‘Neptunian desert.’ Three times Earth radius and about 20 percent smaller than Neptune, the world was discovered with data from the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which specializes in transiting worlds around bright stars, by researchers from the University of Warwick. It turns out to be a scorcher, with temperatures in the range of 1,000 degrees Celsius.
Starts With a Bang! 30 May 2019, 14:01 UTC You’ve likely imagined it before: another Universe out there, just like this one, where all the random events and chances that brought about our reality exactly as it is played out just the same. Except right now, when you made one fateful decision in this Universe, you took an alternate path in this other Universe. These two Universes, which ran parallel to one another for so long, suddenly diverge. Perhaps our Universe, with the version of events we’re familiar with, isn’t the only one out there. Perhaps there are other Universes, perhaps even with different versions of ourselves, different histories and alternate outcomes from what we’ve experienced. This isn’t just fiction, but one of the most exciting possibilities brought up by theoretical physics. Here’s what the science says about whether parallel Universes might actually be real.
Scientific American 29 May 2019, 18:15 UTC Hundreds of previously overlooked Earth-sized planets may await discovery in archives from NASA’s Kepler mission
The Planetary Society Blog 29 May 2019, 16:24 UTC The results from the 2007 OR10 naming suggestion competition are in! Thanks to everyone who voted in the past month. We’ve been blown away by your response. We counted more than 280,000 votes in total!