The Star Spot 5 Feb 2018, 02:00 UTC The one thing we thought we knew about fast radio blasts was that these mysterious one-off phenomena must be associated with some of the most cataclysmic events in the universe. Then everything changed with last month’s announcement of the first ever detection of a source of repeating fast radio bursts. Today we’re joined at The Star Spot by co-discover Jason Hessels to rule on an important question: are scientists back to the drawing board or did they just achieve a breakthrough in our efforts to unlock this puzzle.
ESOcast 2 Feb 2018, 11:00 UTC In ESOcast 149 we hear from some of ESO’s current students about their experience at ESO, and they offer their advice to those considering following in their footsteps. ESO’s Studentship programme provides a valuable opportunity for astronomers of the future to gain experience at the most productive ground-based astronomical observatory in the world. PhD students work alongside senior astronomers and engineers in a creative, collaborative and truly international environment, in which their careers are encouraged to blossom.
NASACast Audio 31 Jan 2018, 18:15 UTC After making history by flying by Pluto in 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is speeding toward a New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of a mysterious world in the outer realm of the solar system. In this episode of Gravity Assist, Jim Green talks with New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern about what we’ve learned about Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 and the remarkable story of how -- against all odds -- the New Horizons team captured MU69’s fleeting shadow on Earth as the object passed in front of a distant star.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 31 Jan 2018, 07:50 UTC Astronomers are puzzled by the continued brightening of the afterglow generated by the merger of two neutron stars detected last August. The hunt continues for mysterious Fast Radio Bursts. Mystery still surrounds the origins of fast radio bursts – strange, rare, extremely powerful, -- yet incredibly short, millisecond bursts of energy from billions of light years away.
StarDate Online 30 Jan 2018, 06:00 UTC The full Moon will experience a whole spectrum of colors tonight. As the second full Moon of the month, it’s known as a Blue Moon. It won’t actually look blue, though. Instead, as seen from most of the United States, it will turn dark orange or red as it undergoes a total eclipse.
StarDate Online 29 Jan 2018, 06:00 UTC Around dinnertime on January 30th of 1868, a brilliant light streaked above Poland, northeast of Warsaw — a blue fireball with a glowing red tail.
StarDate Online 28 Jan 2018, 06:00 UTC Several of the brightest stars in the night sky are systems of at least two stars. But only one of them consists of six stars — Castor, the fainter of the twins of Gemini. It’s about a third of the way up the eastern sky at nightfall, close to the upper left of Gemini’s brighter twin, Pollux. And tonight, the Moon is off to the upper right of the twins.