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astronomyCarnival of Space 637 – Smallest Confirmed Dwarf Planet Might Mean Over 100 in Our Solar System

The Carnival of Space 637 is up at Universe Today. Universe Today – Asteroid Hygiea is Round Enough That it Could Qualify as a Dwarf Planet, the Smallest in the Solar System. Within the Main Asteroid Belt, there are a …

astronomyPlanet 9 Might Be a Black Hole

The weird orbits of Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) and an excess amount of microlensing events in the 5-year OGLE dataset can be simultaneously explained by a new population of astrophysical bodies with mass several times that of Earth. Researchers propose that …

astronomyImproved Telescope to Directly Image Alpha Centauri Exoplanets and Other Exoplanet Updates

1. Newly-built planet-finding instrument installed on Very Large Telescope aims to be first to directly image a habitable exoplanet. The instrument, called NEAR (Near Earths in the AlphaCen Region), is designed to hunt for exoplanets in our neighbouring star system, …

astronomyThree Radio Telescopes will be Added to the Black Hole Imaging Array

Eight radio telescopes were used to image a black hole. They were ALMA, APEX, the IRAM 30-meter telescope, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano, the Submillimeter Array, the Submillimeter Telescope, and the South Pole Telescope. …

astronomyEvent Horizon Array of Eight Radio Telescope Shows First Blackhole Image

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that …

astronomyModular Inflatable Composites for Giant Space Telescopes

There is an every-growing need to construct large space telescopes and structures for observation of exo-planets, main-belt asteroids and NEOs. Space observation capabilities can significant enhanced by large-aperture structures. Structures extending to several meters in size could potentially revolutionize observation …

astronomyGiant 30-40 meter ground telescopes will begin direct imaging many more exoplanets around 2024

Giant 30 and 40 meter diameter ground telescopes will have 13 times more light collection than the best optical telescopes today and with 16 times the sharpness of hubble. This will enable a massive increase in the direct imaging of …

astronomy121 giant exoplanets in habitable zones may have habitable moons

Researchers have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. Their work will guide the design of future telescopes that can detect these potential moons and look for tell-tale signs of life, called biosignatures, …

astronomyStatus and Future Plans for CMB Measurements

CMB (cosmic microwave background) science goals require much improved CMB polarization and CMB-lensing: – Inflation: B-mode polarization and de-lensing – Neutrinos: Neff or “dark radiation” requires de-lensed polarization spectra; ∑mν requires CMB-lensing (and τe). – Dark Energy: CMB-lensing correlations with …