A tiny black hole, only three solar masses, has been found inside the Milky Way in the constellation Monoceros. One of the smallest black holes ever found, it is also the closest one to Earth. Plus, Perseverance, Gaia, a brown dwarf, new images of Jupiter, seismic monitoring from space, and this week’s What’s Up.
Hubble celebrates the new year with a release of six gorgeous galaxy mergers, imaged as a part of their investigation into star formation rates in such systems. Plus, a weird nebula, a big flare from a tiny star, wind on a brown dwarf, and more.
Scientists using Hubble to track storms on Neptune found that a current storm has reversed direction and possibly shed a fragment. Plus, an update on Hayabusa2’s sample return, a non-technological radio emission from an exoplanet, This Week in Sky Watching, and more!
Today we take a tour of space and time. Our news carries us from a newly discovered black hole in the nearby universe, to magnetism on Mars, and even looks at how we are doing meteorology on nearby brown dwarf stars. We are also joined by CalTech scientist Andreas Faisst, who is the US lead principal investigator for ALPINE, a 70-hour program using ALMA to study the early universe.