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.

The Solar Corona: What Shape wilt have during the 2017 Eclipse?

10th Aug, 2017 - 1607 views

In the United States, there will be an opportunity on August 21st 2017 to see a total or partial solar eclipse. Eclipses offer a rare opportunity to see the thin atmosphere around the Sun, known as the Corona. The moon moves in front of the sun f

Mercury: Bombarded by many tiny meteoroids

27th Jul, 2017 - 1882 views

Does Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun in our solar system, have an atmosphere? How is that possible? It has been known for a long time that Mercury, the innermost planet in the solar system does not have much of an atmosphere. This variable

The Dark Energy Survey: More Than Just Dark Energy

13th Jul, 2017 - 2381 views

The Dark Energy Survey is looking at 5000 square degrees of sky in the southern hemisphere for 525 nights in an attempt to understand mysterious Dark Energy. But that's not all the collaboration is doing. Members of the Dark Energy Survey are usin

Why Are Distant Galaxies Aligned?

29th Jun, 2017 - 3610 views

The Hubble Space Telescope has observed massive, ancient galaxies in alignment in the distant universe. What is the significance of this alignment and why do these distant galaxies do that? We think that galaxies are scattered in the universe wit

Cassini: A Remarkable Journey

25th May, 2017 - 2435 views

Cassini began it's Grand Finale last month. Learn how this spectacular mission will end! Cassini is a NASA mission, launched in 1997, designed to study the planet Saturn and its moons. This mission has produced astonishing imagery, a multitude o

A Gravitationally-Lensed Type 1a Supernova: Multiple Images and Highly Magnified

11th May, 2017 - 2387 views

What does a gravitationally-lensed supernova look like? Turns out there can be many of them as the light is split into multiple images. A gravitational lens is created by a very massive object in space, causing the space to be warped or curved aroun