Lots of people have heard of SETI, and many probably know that at least part of the search is done using radio. Here is a great introduction to what SETI is looking for and why radio is so important.
Dive into some astrophysics with Dr. Becky.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center posted this trailer for the Solar Orbiter mission. Launch planned for February, 2020 from Cape Canaveral.
From XKCD 12-12-2019
First, a great video from Sixty Symbols describing the work of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics winners:
Next, an update from John Michael Godier on the latest interstellar visitor, Comet Borisov:
Follow-up note: Here is extra footage about the work of Dr. James Peebles. If you found the first video above interesting, you will want to watch this too.
Well over budget and well behind schedule, The James Webb Space Telescope passed a crucial milestone on the way towards launch.
The Nobel Prize in physics for 2019 was awarded to three scientists on Tuesday for groundbreaking work on the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in it. Their discoveries have forever “transformed our ideas about the cosmos” and helped answer fundamental questions about existence, said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
A more complete story is here.
Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the planet with the most moons, according to US researchers.
A team discovered a haul of 20 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, bringing its total to 82; Jupiter, by contrast, has 79 natural satellites.
The moons were discovered using the Subaru telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii. See the full story here.