The Gemini South Observatory, using adaptive optics, has captured stunning new images of meandering stellar jets. The sidewinding appearance is likely caused by the gravitational influences of nearby companion stars. Plus, exoplanet news and a review of a Canon lens.
Researchers hypothesize that blobs in post-Big Bang fields of energy, known as Q-balls, could explain how matter came to dominate over antimatter in our Universe, and they plan to use gravitational waves to find their evidence. Plus, a crewed launch to the ISS features Japanese tourists, NASA selects the latest astronaut class, and What’s Up is the Geminids.
Join us for a look at today’s top story: ESO telescopes captured the last moments of a star being destroyed by a black hole in a tidal disruption event. Plus scientists are studying Bennu’s surface to get ready for next week’s touch and go sample collection, and NOIRLab begins the process of restarting telescope operations at several observatories around the world.
Second-most distant quasar found and given Hawai’ian name; theoretical axion particles may explain origin of dark matter
Join us today as we look at big news on a big quasar! Pōniuāʻena is the second-most distant quasar ever found, and its existence challenges conventional black hole formation theory. Also, we explain how the theoretical axion particle might be involved in the origin of dark matter.
Martian highlands formed by mud downpours; Detailed images of dusty debris discs; Planet-forming disc “flaps” its wings
Join us today as we look at a possible explanation for how mudstone formed in the Martian highlands. We share a plethora of new images from the Gemini Planet Imager of detailed, dusty discs around stars. And finally, Hubble sees another planet-forming disc flap its bat-wings.