Category: Astrophysics

September 4, 2019 / Astrophysics

Hurricanes are regular visitors to the Walkabout Studios at the University of Central Florida, but not to the planet Venus, whose slow rotation makes for rather dull weather. High of 900 degrees is forecast for…

August 26, 2019 / Astrophysics
August 26, 2019 / Astrophysics

Supernovae come in a variety of flavors but all involve one thing: the awesomely huge explosion of a giant star. There’s a new kind of supernova, long suspected, but now with a very promising example,…

August 12, 2019 / Astrophysics

The astroquarks take a stroll through the extrasolar planetary zoo where there are new members of the close-to-Earth-sized club and a peculiar Neptune-y thingy orbiting super close to its star. Meanwhile there are rapid developments…

May 30, 2019 / Astrophysics

The astroquarks discuss news about lunar quakes and Venus… volcanoes. But volcanoes doesn’t rhyme with quakes, so I sacrificed alliteration for rhyming. Venus may be volcanically active, at least on relatively recent geological timescales. If…

May 30, 2019 / Astrophysics

From a human-made crater (well, spacecraft-made) on an asteroid, to the Moon-forming impact, to an accelerating pace of black hole merger detections, the astroquarks survey the latest news in astronomical collisions. The asteroid Apophis has…