Ring around the dwarf planet! Erika K. Carlson and Diego Casanova discuss scientists’ discovery of a ring around the dwarf planet Haumea in the outer Solar System. Source: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2017/20171011-haumea-has-a-ring.html
Jacqueline Goldstein discusses a ground breaking discovery involving gravitational waves and gold. http://news.mit.edu/2017/ligo-virgo-first-detection-gravitational-waves-colliding-neutron-stars-1016
Diego Casanova and Jacqueline Goldstein discuss a recent survey indicating that the satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way may not resemble those orbiting other Milky Way like galaxies. Yale University. “Is the Milky Way an ‘outlier’ galaxy? Studying its ‘siblings’ for clues.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 September 2017.
Erika K. Carlson and Jacqueline Goldstein talk about the Grand Finale of the Cassini’s mission to Saturn. Source: http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/09/cassini-meets-its-end
Diego Casanova and Erin Boettcher talked about a gap in the observed mass of black holes. This gap corresponds to black holes with a mass between 10,000 to 100,000 times that of the Sun. A new discovery published in Nature presents a candidate for a black hole in this previously undetected mass range. Source: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-017-0224-z
Jacqueline Goldstein talks about her favorite topic – pulsating stars, in this case in the star in the Pleiades star cluster. Source: www.astronomy.com/news/2017/08/kep…ades-variability