Walkabout the Galaxy Posts

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…

June 3, 2020 / Earth

The astroquarks discuss stunning images of a disk of gas and dust around another star giving birth to a planet, more weirdities and oddness in the Earth’s magnetic field, the rain on Titan, and so…

May 26, 2020 / Earth
May 26, 2020 / Astrophysics

Everyone’s favorite scary astronomical object, the black hole, just got a bit closer to home with the discovery of a modest, stellar-sized black hole a mere 1000 light years from the solar system. Top quark…

May 6, 2020 / Cosmology

As the Sun starts getting more active at the beginning of a new solar cycle, new observations of sunlike stars show that the Sun itself may be unusually calm. Good news for life on Earth,…