Hi, Stuart with the Show Notes for Series 19 Episode 38:
*Second set of Gravitational Waves detected
Astronomers have detected another gravitational wave signal causing a distortion in the fabric of spacetime. The newly announced detection occurred on December 26 when scientists with the Advanced LIGO -- Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory -- recorded a new signal generated by the merging of two black holes 1.4 billion light years away.
*New Earth companion discovered
Astronomers have detected a new companion orbiting around the Sun with the Earth and Moon. The newly discovered asteroid will be a constant companion of Earth for hundreds of years.
*Mars Opportunity rover wraps up its mission to Marathon Valley
NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover is finally wrapping up its study tour of Marathon Valley -- the ravine slicing through the rim of the red planet’s Endeavour Crater. The site has provided fruitful research targets for the six wheeled Opportunity rover since July last year.
*SpaceX launches two new satellites into orbit
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully placed two new telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbits.
The 70 metre tall Falcon-9 rocket blasted off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force base carrying the EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A satellites into clear blue Florida skies.
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