Category: 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…

May 30, 2019 / Astrophysics

Scientists have been chasing methane on Mars for years. It’s a slippery little molecule that doesn’t stick around very long and has several biological (as well as non-biological) sources. The armada of spacecraft at Mars…

March 19, 2019 / Aliens