Infrared Telescope Balloon Mission Gets Mini-JWST Mirror

Infrared Telescope Balloon Mission Gets Mini-JWST Mirror

While waiting for the launch and commissioning of JWST, engineers designed an infrared telescope with a 2.5-meter mirror that will fly onboard a large research balloon to nearly 40 kilometers in altitude. Plus, fast radio bursts, robotic ammonites, and this week in rocket history we look back at Telstar-1.

Play
Quantum effects observed in white dwarfs; machine learning helps find low-oxygen-abundance galaxy; signs of possible neutron star in SN 1987A; pair of recent meteorites found in Australia

Quantum effects observed in white dwarfs; machine learning helps find low-oxygen-abundance galaxy; signs of possible neutron star in SN 1987A; pair of recent meteorites found in Australia

Join us today as we look at how quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of general relativity work together in white dwarfs. Machine learning is used to find a galaxy with an extremely low abundance of oxygen. Scientists find signs of a neutron star in supernova 1987A. And researchers managed to locate two recently arrived meteorites in Australia with the help of fireball detection cameras.

Play
Exposed planetary core discovered; neutrinos may come from SMBHs; filaments around galaxy cluster Abell 2255; LIGO reveals “spooky popcorn”

Exposed planetary core discovered; neutrinos may come from SMBHs; filaments around galaxy cluster Abell 2255; LIGO reveals “spooky popcorn”

Join us today as we talk about the first exposed planetary core ever discovered. We examine research that neutrinos may come from supermassive black holes. We look at the filaments found in the halo of galaxy cluster Abell 2255. And we find out that LIGO’s mirrors can vibrate due to quantum noise. Plus an interview with Dr. Matthew Graham of Caltech.

Play