compiled by Arlene & David Kaplan
Hurricane-battered Arecibo telescope will keep studying the skies
After years of financial uncertainty and weeks of hardship caused by Hurricane Maria, staff at the legendary Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico were relieved to find out Thursday that their telescope will remain operational…more
Planetarium Opens in New Jersey
Bigger is better when it comes to planetariums — a bigger dome to make the audience ooh and ahh, more pixels to make the stars and planets sharper, more colors to make them more realistic, more windows on intriguing but distant nebulas, more images of Earth as a shimmering jewel against the dark drape of space…more
The Great Red Spot Descends Deep Into Jupiter
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is not just a skin-deep beauty mark. Instead, the iconic storm descends at least 200 miles beneath the clouds and possibly much deeper. That is one of the latest findings of NASA’s Juno spacecraft…more
An 8th Planet Is Found Orbiting a Distant Star, With A.I.’s Help
With eight planets whirling around its sun, our solar system has held the galactic title for having the most known planets of any star system in the Milky Way.
But on Thursday NASA announced the discovery of a new exoplanet orbiting a distant star some 2,500 light years away from here…more
Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini
For 13 years, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft sent back captivating observations of Saturn, and its rings and moons, solving some mysteries but raising plenty of new questions. With the spacecraft’s demise on Friday, the stream of data from Saturn has dried up…more
Interstellar object may hold ‘alien’ water
The first known interstellar asteroid may hold water from another star system in its interior, according to a study. Discovered on 19 October, the object’s speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated beyond our Solar System. The body showed no signs of “outgassing” as it approached the Sun, strengthening the idea that it held little if any water-ice…more
Farthest monster black hole found
Astronomers have discovered the most distant “supermassive” black hole known to science.
The matter-munching sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away, so far that we see it as it was a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang…more
Prof Stephen Hawking’s illustrated black hole lecture
Prof Stephen Hawking is delivering the BBC’s 2016 Reith Lectures on the topic of black holes.
In this second lecture, while Prof Hawking examines and challenges scientific thinking about black holes, the artist Andrew Park draws the key points of the lecture in chalk on a blackboard…more
Mission Heavy 2018
Next year is already overflowing with exciting missions to space. NASA is launching a new lander to Mars, as well as a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun than ever before. And two of NASA’s vehicles already in space will finally arrive at their intended targets…more