A black hole with a boarding pass and seat on a plane, a window seat. A place where you’ll have to shadows and bad news for Orion the constellation. These are some of the freshest space facts we only recently discovered when more planet, potentially bigger than Earth is out there far beyond Neptune’s orbit. We know which direction to point our telescopes at, but the area is so big, it makes the search long and difficult, potentially any day can bring the discovery.
In April 2020, a green comet will fly near the sun and become visible in the night sky, a little to the right and up from the Big Dipper.
The Gaya mission has been working on making a 3d model of our galaxy and getting a more accurate count of the number of stars in it. They thought it was 1 billion, but that estimate could be up to over 400 to even 700 billion stars. Think of that massive number this way, a stack of 500 billion pennies would reach the moon and back.
Freshly discovered planet Kepler 16 b spins around two suns, so your shadow will always have a companion.
Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets of the Solar System combined. And you’ve probably heard that it’s Great Red Spot can fit three Earths across it. Well the massive storm is getting smaller faster than we thought it would now only fit one Earth, astronomers have no idea why it shrunk to less than half the size it was a century ago.
NASA’s Artemis programme plans to send a crewed mission to the moon in 2024, only this time, they want to build the first human base. Once we set up camp on our satellite will be that much closer to launch to Mars, as why the curved line and the program’s logo is red.
The largest optical telescope ever is currently being built in Chile. The ELT Extremely Large Telescope. It’ll be twice the size of the Roman Colosseum with optics more powerful and clearer than all the other massive telescopes on this planet combined the coolest part. It’ll help us find possibly earth like planets orbiting other stars.
Fast is the biggest single dish radio telescope in the world that became fully operational two years ago. This humongous dish, could fit Grand Central Station on it. Thanks to its size, it can pick up the famous whispers from the cosmos, like those coming from spinning neutron stars light years away, and unusual flying telescope, Sofia tells us a lot about the planets orbiting other stars, and it’s on a Boeing 747. This aerial observatory can even be tracked on flight radar launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has seen delay after delay for over a decade now, but set your calendar for 2021. If all goes according to plan. We’ll potentially find light from the very first stars and galaxies that ever formed. NASA says, it’ll be the largest telescope in space and 100 times more powerful than the Hubble
fast radio bursts are big, yet still unexplained, but a booms somewhere in space that we pick up only long after they occur because sound takes a while to get to us when it comes from a light years away within milliseconds, a star spills more energy than our sun does in a million years later, we pick up the radio signals from such events, and we caught a repeating one for the first time in 2019, a space probe called Parker was launched toward our own star in 2018, it recently broke the record for the closest approach of a human made object to the sun, and it’ll keep breaking its own record as it continues his journey to study our star up close.
The probe is named after Eugene Newman Parker, the scientists who contributed so much to our knowledge about solar wind.
And its interaction with solar winds launched in October 2018, the satellite was planned to make one flyby near Earth to near Venus and six near mercury bappi in the missions name commemorates an Italian scientist who came up with the idea of gravitational assist using something big in space to move faster or slower.
The next Mars rover perseverance, recently got its wheels and brakes mounted and NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrated its eighth birthday on Mars, or would it be a birth soul. Since a day is called a soul on Mars. Anyway, after a long 253 day interplanetary journey. Curiosity landed on the red planet in 2012, and is still moving around and studying the conditions.
A Kuiper Belt object called arrow cloth became the farthest visited object in the solar system rendezvous with New Horizons happen 4 billion miles from Earth. As 43 times the distance between them aside. The same probe discovered mountains on Pluto and made us suspect that Mercury is still geologically active, a spacecraft launched 43 years ago, Voyager two has finally left the heliosphere. That’s the bubble of magnetic fields and particles created by our sun, leaving it means the probe has entered interstellar space, being only the second spacecraft to do so. Voyager two started off before Voyager one because it aims for a much longer journey.
A billion light years away since a supermassive black hole first detected in 2015. It gave us the evidence of gravitational waves. Something Einstein theorised about a century ago back in 1960s. These waves are like ripples on a pond surface, only that pond is space time in scientific news that broke the internet, we finally got an image of a black hole in 2019, but the picture we all saw isn’t a photograph. It’s a colourized image of a black hole silhouette. The data was taken by radio telescopes on all continents, including Antarctica over a seven year period, the amount of data received was so massive the hard drives had to be physically moved versus being said over the web jumbo jets did the job. So, turns out a black hole was riding on an aeroplane. Did he have to go through security.
Last year we discovered the biggest black hole we know for now, a neutron star with an estimated mass of 40 billion suns. That’s the way that one penny compared to two Titanic’s.
The fastest moving star record was broken. Our sun moves around the centre of the galaxy at a speed of 143 miles per second. But one special star was clock going 745. Apparently it was twirling around with another star. When that one exploded into a supernova left without this tether this speedy starwind slingshotting through the galaxy is actually going fast enough to leave the Milky Way and head into intergalactic space, but by.
We also registered the fastest planet travelling around it star. Imagine a world where one year last only 18 hours. Yeah, that two week vacation of yours would equal just 40 Earth minutes, count me out.
The first Interstellar comet was discovered in 2019. Comet Borisov entered our solar system, flew past our sun, and is currently making its exit, its trajectory took it between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Our very first Interstellar guest asteroid Oman law was also seen recently in 2017. We thought it was an icy comet at first. Turns out it’s more like a huge piece of rock.
The only astronomical event you can witness with your bare eye is Beetlejuice changing its brightness. When it got pretty dim in 2019, astronomers knew what was coming. The star will soon explode into a supernova. And the Orion constellation will lose a shoulder. The show will be visible from Earth and shine like the moon at night for at least three months, could happen any day now, in the next 100.