StarDate Online 25 Feb 2018, 06:00 UTC Eighteenth-century astronomer William Herschel described the star system known as Beta Monocerotis as “one of the most beautiful sights in the heavens.” It’s one of the hidden beauties of Monoceros, the unicorn. The constellation is well up in the southeastern sky in early evening, between two bright stars: the “little dog” star Procyon, and Betelgeuse, the orange shoulder of Orion.
StarDate Online 24 Feb 2018, 06:00 UTC An old friend is returning to view about now — the planet Venus, the brilliant “evening star.” It’s quite low in the west at sunset, so any trees or buildings along the horizon will block it from view. Because it’s so bright, though, if you have a clear horizon you should be able to pick it out.
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15: Getting up close and personal to an active supermassive black hole - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 21 Episode 1523 Feb 2018, 06:45 UTC Astronomers have discovered a rotating dusty gas torus around a monster black hole in the heart of the galaxy M-77 located some 47 million light years away.
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14: Supermassive black holes out growing their galaxies - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary series 21 Episode 1421 Feb 2018, 11:11 UTC *Supermassive black holes out growing their galaxies
StarDate Online 20 Feb 2018, 06:00 UTC Winter brings out the big dogs — some of the most prominent constellations of all. And one of those really is a dog: Canis Major, the big dog. It’s best known for its leading light: Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the night sky. It’s a third of the way up the southeastern sky at nightfall.
The Titanium Physicist Podcast 19 Feb 2018, 05:05 UTC A supermassive blackhole at the centre of a galaxy can cause the gas that falls into it to glow SO BRIGHT that it stops the creation of new stars. What? How?
The Star Spot 18 Feb 2018, 23:40 UTC It’s our cosmic backyard, and yet our own solar system is still full of surprises. Now it turns out we were “totally wrong” when it comes to just about everything we thought we knew about Jupiter. That’s not me speaking, it’s Scott Bolton, principal investigator for the NASA Juno mission to Jupiter. From its magnetic field and atmosphere down to its very core, Jupiter is being rediscovered and transformed. Today we’re joined here at The Star Spot by Dr. Bolton to discuss the rewriting of our textbook on the solar system’s biggest world.
StarDate Online 18 Feb 2018, 06:00 UTC Here’s a phrase that you probably haven’t heard before: solar antapex. It’s the location in the sky that’s opposite the direction that Sun and Earth are moving through the galaxy. It’s marked by the constellation Columba, the dove, which scoots quite low across the south on February nights.