Afternoon Astronomy Coffee

Every week, in universities and institutions around the world, astronomers meet over coffee to discuss the latest research in space and astronomy. This is your chance to join in on Thursdays, 3pm ET.

Finding Neutrinos with (an) IceCube

7th Aug, 2018 - 1324 views

Super energetic neutrinos can be formed in exotic places, for example the accelerators in the core of galactic supermassive black holes. The IceCube neutrino detector array was built and deployed at the South Pole. The detectors are designed and posi

Climate Change on Alien Worlds -A Possible Great Filter?

24th Jul, 2018 - 1675 views

While our search is still in its infancy, we haven't yet found any obvious signs of intelligent life in our galaxy. One reason could be that any aliens out there may not have made it past a stage in its development where climate change wipes them out

Eta Carinae the Enigmatic Explosive Star Probed by NASA NUSTAR

10th Jul, 2018 - 2614 views

Eta Carinae, is a well known massive, luminous star system located about 7,500 light-years away from the Earth. It is in the southern constellation of Carina, and produced an outburst in the 19th century making it the second-brightest star in the sky

Does Some Dark Matter Have an Electric Charge?

10th Jun, 2018 - 1735 views

Evidence for dark matter has been known for some time, and it is expected that it interacts with the familiar luminous matter that we see in the universe in some normal way.

Europa Plumes! Looking at Past Galileo Data

18th May, 2018 - 1624 views

Astronomers were enthusiastic but cautious about the Hubble observations that suggested Europa had water plumes ejected from its icy surface.

The Search for Planet 9: So, where is it? (audio remix)

11th May, 2018 - 3560 views

Astronomers believe there is an undiscovered super-Earth Sized planet lurking in our outer solar system. If it exists, then astronomers think it would have an estimated mass of ten Earths. So, where is it?