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5 Alien Worlds: Planetary System around K2-138

5th Feb, 2018 - 2.2k views

Over the three years of the K2 mission, 287,309 stars have been observed, and tens of thousands more roll in every few months. So how do astronomers sift through all that data? A new discovery of a planetary system around the star K2-138 containin

A Gamma Ray Binary in Another Galaxy: A massive object paired with a crushed stellar core remnant

10th Nov, 2016 - 3.4k views

Download all visuals here: A search for binary stars that emit gamma-rays using NASA’s Fermi satellite turned up a luminous object in another galaxy. These objects are characteristically variable. Using additional telescopes

A Gravitationally-Lensed Type 1a Supernova: Multiple Images and Highly Magnified

11th May, 2017 - 2.3k views

What does a gravitationally-lensed supernova look like? Turns out there can be many of them as the light is split into multiple images. A gravitational lens is created by a very massive object in space, causing the space to be warped or curved aroun

A Nova Rediscovered After 600 Years

28th Sep, 2017 - 2.3k views

Recent observations confirm a nova seen 600 years ago. The diligence of experienced star gazers can stand the test of time, in this case 600 years later. Korean astrologers in Seoul almost 600 years ago observed a bright new star in the tail of th

Astronomy Aloft: The SOFIA Airborne Observatory

13th Apr, 2017 - 1.7k views

SOFIA is the an airplane and an astronomical observatory, the largest of its type in the world. It is starting to make some of the most amazing observations of the universe in the infrared. These observations cannot be done by ground based telescopes

Black Hole Gets Kicked Around by Gravitational Waves Pt.2

30th Mar, 2017 - 2.6k views

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Cassini: A Remarkable Journey

25th May, 2017 - 2.3k views

Cassini began it's Grand Finale last month. Learn how this spectacular mission will end! Cassini is a NASA mission, launched in 1997, designed to study the planet Saturn and its moons. This mission has produced astonishing imagery, a multitude o

Climate Change on Alien Worlds -A Possible Great Filter?

24th Jul, 2018 - 1.3k views

While our search is still in its infancy, we haven't yet found any obvious signs of intelligent life in our galaxy. One reason could be that any aliens out there may not have made it past a stage in its development where climate change wipes them out

Climate Change on Alien Worlds: A Possible Great Filter? (Pt 2)

21st Aug, 2018 - 1.2k views

Is climate change inevitable on worlds with technological civilizations? Is planetary feedback from such a civilization a great filter? Our guest Dr Adam Frank will discuss his paper on the effects of planetary feedback on any possible alien civiliz

Comet Swarms or Alien Megastructures? The Strange Variations of the Star KIC 8462852

12th Jan, 2017 - 6.9k views

A star with unusual changes in brightness was discovered the Kepler Mission Planet Hunters. This star is called KIC 8462852 or "Tabby’s star" and has strange irregular dips in brightness and also seemed to be getting fainter over the last 4 years.

Cruising the Solar System? Try Pulsar Navigation!

23rd Jan, 2018 - 2.1k views

What do you do when you're out of range of the global GPS system? Use Pulsars! Satellites must have a means to navigate in order to be useful for science, communications and technology. Once satellites move away from the proximity of Earth, and t

Does Some Dark Matter Have an Electric Charge?

10th Jun, 2018 - 1.6k views

Evidence for dark matter has been known for some time, and it is expected that it interacts with the familiar luminous matter that we see in the universe in some normal way.