Universe Today 5 Jun 2021, 20:43 UTC Is there an alien civilization next door? It’s…possible(ish). In late 2020, we discovered a signal from the direction of Proxima Centauri (not necessarily from Proxima Centauri), our closest neighbour star. Named BLC- 1 by project Break Through Listen, the signal is still being analyzed to ensure it isn’t simply an echo of our own civilization – typically what they turn out to be. But why not just directly look at planets in Proxima Centauri and see if a civilization is there?
SciTech Daily 5 Jun 2021, 15:11 UTC That neutron star is the densest celestial body that astronomers can observe, with a mass about 1.4 times the size of the sun. However, there is still little known about these impressive objects. Now, a Florida State University researcher has published a piece in Physical Review Letters arguing that new measurements related to the neutron skin of a lead nucleus may require scientists to rethink theories regarding the overall size of neutron stars.
Astronomy.com News 5 Jun 2021, 01:30 UTC The two robotic explorers will be NASA's first to voyage to Venus in nearly 30 years.
New Scientist 4 Jun 2021, 19:52 UTC Nearly every large galaxy hosts a supermassive black hole at its centre, but sometimes these enormous objects may bounce away from the middle of their home. A new search has found nine such off-centre black holes, which may help us figure out how supermassive black holes formed.
Centauri Dreams 4 Jun 2021, 18:45 UTC If we assume that the Oort Cloud, that enveloping shroud of comets that surrounds our Solar System and extends to 100,000 AU or beyond, is a common feature of stellar systems, then it’s conceivable that objects are interchanged between the Sun and Alpha Centauri where the two clouds approach each other. That makes for the ‘slow boat to Centauri’ concept I’ve written about before, where travel between the stars essentially mines resources along the way in migrations lasting thousands of years. The resulting society would not be planet-oriented.
Universe Today 4 Jun 2021, 15:57 UTC In 2019 the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) gave us the first direct image of a black hole. On one hand, the image it produced was rather unimpressive. Just a circular blur of light surrounding a dark central region. On the other hand, subtle characteristics of the image hold tremendous information about the size and rotation of the black hole. Most of the details of the black hole image are blurred by the limits of the EHT. But the next generation EHT should provide a sharper view, and could reveal the dark edge of a black hole’s event horizon.