‘New’ exoplanet undergoing nuclear fusion
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by Vincent McDermott
8h ago
An exoplanet discovered nearly 130 light years away appears to be 13 times larger than Jupiter and is undergoing nuclear fusion at its core. The newly discovered world also exists at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf star. Its discovery could help scientists clarify how they classify objects that are either a brown dwarf or an extrasolar planet. The discovery is also the first... Source ..read more
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Hubble spots black hole shredding apart wayward star
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by Vincent McDermott
4d ago
A black hole was spotted shredding apart a wayward star and devouring its gasses. All that remains of the feeding frenzy is a bright, hot, donut-shaped ring of gas the size of our Solar System swirling around the black hole. The gorging was spotted on March 1, 2022, in a galaxy 300 million light years away. Changes in the doomed star’s condition occurred during a period of days and months — data... Source ..read more
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This Week’s Sky: January 30-February 6
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by Chris Vaughan
4d ago
Every week, SkyNews publishes a list of key events in the Canadian sky in This Week’s Sky. This series gives you all the latest news in Solar System movements, including where the planets are in our sky and Moon phases. From eclipses to meteor showers, This Week’s Sky keeps you updated on the best in upcoming astronomical highlights. On Monday, January 30, Mercury (orbit shown in red) will reach... Source ..read more
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Canada prepares for asteroid sample return
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by Elizabeth Howell
5d ago
A spacecraft descent capsule bearing samples of asteroid Bennu will return to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023, capping off a seven-year mission for OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer). Canada’s contribution was the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA), a crucial instrument that allowed investigators to map the surface of Bennu and select a safe... Source ..read more
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‘Stone Age’ comet begins closest approach to Earth
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by Vincent McDermott
6d ago
A comet that last visited Earth during the stone age will make its closest approach to Earth on February 1. Its brightness is unpredictable, but since mid-January stargazers have been able to see Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)’s glowing green halo and plasma-dust tail through telescopes and binoculars. “This comet isn’t expected to be quite the spectacle that Comet NEOWISE was back in 2020. But it’s still... Source ..read more
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Supernova remnant and SH2-216, by Bill Batchelor
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by SkyNews Staff
6d ago
Bill Batchelor’s image of a supernova remnant and SH2-216 won Photo of the Week for the period of Jan. 7-13, 2023. In his submission, he said the image provided an “interesting field of view that captures the death of two stars in different ways. SH2-221 is a huge supernova remnant, and SH2-216 is a large and ancient planetary nebula.” “Lots of good stuff,” said the judges. “Nice capture. Source ..read more
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The Wizard Nebula, by Steve Leonard
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by SkyNews Staff
6d ago
Steve Leonard’s “The Wizard Nebula” won Photo of the Week for the period of Dec. 31, 2022 to Jan. 6, 2023. “I think that I speak for all astrophotographers when I say that it often feels like magic to capture deep space wonders like this from our backyards,” he wrote in his submission letter. “The Wizard Nebula is emblematic of this magical feeling that we all share. This almost starless version... Source ..read more
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Mars in Opposition, by Oleg Bouevitch
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by SkyNews Staff
1w ago
Oleg Bouevitch’s “Mars in 2022 Opposition” won Photo of the Week for the period of Dec. 24-30, 2022. Bouevitch used a 14-inch EdgeHD SCT (f/22) telescope and an ASI290MM 2.1MP planetary camera with Chroma RGB filters. The image was captured on December 8, 2022, in Nepean, Ontario. Judges praised the level of detail and the numerous identifiable surface features. “Really well done,” they said. Source ..read more
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Milky Way survey reveals billions of celestial objects
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by Vincent McDermott
1w ago
A massive survey of the Milky Way galaxy’s plane captures an astronomical tapestry of 3.32 billion celestial objects — making this dataset the largest of its kind ever collected, according to a NOIRLab news release. The survey, which is being called the Dark Energy Camera Plane Survey (DECaPS2), will help researchers model the three-dimensional structure of the Milky Way’s stars and dust in... Source ..read more
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This Week’s Sky: January 23-28
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by Chris Vaughan and Starry Night Education
1w ago
Every week, SkyNews publishes a list of key events in the Canadian sky in This Week’s Sky. This series gives you all the latest news in Solar System movements, including where the planets are in our sky and Moon phases. From eclipses to meteor showers, This Week’s Sky keeps you updated on the best in upcoming astronomical highlights. On Monday, January 23, the slender crescent of the young Moon... Source ..read more
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