Category: Cosmology

September 1, 2020 / Cosmology

Ceres, whatever you want to call it, seems to have a bunch of salty water near its surface. Top quark gets worked up about planet nomenclature, while Strange and Charm get worked up about how…

August 18, 2020 / Cosmology

Deep in the interior of the Sun all the energy that supports life on Earth is created by fusing hydrogen into helium. For the first time, neutrinos produced by the relatively rare CNO fusion process…

August 18, 2020 / Cosmology

Far, far away, beyond the Zone of Avoidance, lurking in darkest, deepest space, lies the great southern wall of galaxies! New mapping of the local universe has revealed this sheet of galaxies that is roughly…

July 1, 2020 / Black Holes

Is it the tiniest black hole ever or the largest neutron star ever? We may never know, but one of them has been discovered thanks to gravitational wave observations. And an interesting black hole merger…

July 1, 2020 / Astrophysics

The 200th episode of Walkabout the Galaxy goes from odd Earthly atmospheric “elves” to mysterious new fundamental particles called axions, with a stop by Jupiter’s fuzzy core on the way. To capture the essential Astroquarkiness…

June 12, 2020 / Astrophysics

Astronomers may have found the smoking gun for fast radio bursts in the form of a magnetar in our own galaxy. These highly magnetic neutron stars now look like the best bet as the sources…