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 Cosmic Optical Background: New Horizons Probes the Universe

28th Apr, 2017 - 2268 views

Researchers have cleverly used data from the New Horizons mission to look at the light from distant galaxies. The universe is filled with galaxies light up the cosmos, but too faint to see with the naked eye. Can we measure it? How bright is it?

Astronomy Aloft: The SOFIA Airborne Observatory

14th Apr, 2017 - 1731 views

SOFIA is the an airplane and an astronomical observatory, the largest of its type in the world. It is starting to make some of the most amazing observations of the universe in the infrared. These observations cannot be done by ground based telescopes

Black Hole Gets Kicked Around by Gravitational Waves Pt.2

31st Mar, 2017 - 2669 views

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Monster Black Hole Gets Kicked out of Home Galaxy by Gravitational Wave

30th Mar, 2017 - 2597 views

Watch this video to finish where this discussion got cut off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmKgUtBj-Cw What happens if two black holes collide? Scientists have found evidence that such an event took place during the merging of two galaxies. The r

Fast Moving Stars and Interstellar Bow Shocks

10th Mar, 2017 - 3252 views

Sometimes individual stars in our galaxy are seen to be zipping through space. The winds from the stars ram into the interstellar medium -- the material between the stars in our galaxy -- and a bow shock is formed. In general they have the appearance

The Curiosity of Martian Mud Cracks

24th Feb, 2017 - 2870 views

Here is a link to the press release we're talking about today: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6721 NASA's Curiosity rover certainly has uncovered unusual features of Mars. Recently the rover was used by scientists to take a closer loo