StarDate Online 28 Apr 2018, 05:00 UTC Two bright lights are passing close to each other in the western evening sky. One of them is impossible to miss, and it points the way to its fainter companion. The brighter light is Venus, the brilliant “evening star.” It’s the brightest object in the night sky other than the Moon, so you just can’t miss it.
ESOcast 27 Apr 2018, 10:00 UTC On 26 April 2018, the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre was officially inaugurated, and its doors will be open to the public from tomorrow 28 April 2018. The centre, located at ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany provides visitors with an immersive experience of astronomy in general, along with ESO-specific scientific results, projects, and technological breakthroughs. All activities in the ESO Supernova will be free of charge during 2018, and shows and other events can be booked online.
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33: The most sensitive ever Dark Matter search gets underway - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 21 Episode 3327 Apr 2018, 07:56 UTC Scientists have begun their most sensitive ever search for a possible Dark Matter candidate called the Axion. Gamma rays are the most energetic forms of electromagnetic radiation and are emitted by some of the most powerful events in the universe. Now, a team of astronomers have published 14 papers in a special issue of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics covering some fifteen years of gamma ray observations of the Milky Way.
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32: NASA launches its latest planet-hunting spacecraft - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 21 Episode 3225 Apr 2018, 11:55 UTC The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS has blasted into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. TESS will follow on from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope which helped scientists identify over two thousand six hundred exoplanetary candidates orbiting distant stars.
StarTalk Radio 20 Apr 2018, 22:00 UTC This week, Chuck Nice asks Neil deGrasse Tyson fan-submitted questions on a range of topics we couldn’t answer in other episodes. Now extended with a session of “Neil’d It” – where Neil and Chuck comb Internet comments to see if the science is right. (Adult Language).
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 20 Apr 2018, 12:33 UTC Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations have shown that it’s not interacting with forces other than gravity after all. The findings add more mystery to the enigma of dark matter – an invisible substance which makes up over 80 percent of all the matter in the universe.
Hubblecast HD 19 Apr 2018, 14:00 UTC On 24 April 1990, Hubble was launched into space. To celebrate its 28th year in orbit, some of Hubble’s precious observation time was used to observe the colourful Lagoon Nebula. One of only two star-forming nebulae visible to the unaided eye, this spectacular stellar nursery is not quite the tranquil landscape its name suggests. This new Hubblecast explores the image in more detail and shows some of the delicate features of this cosmic lagoon.