Astronomer Frank Drake dies

On Friday, September 2, 2022, at the age of 93, American astronomer Frank Drake, who became one of the pioneers of the search for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, died. He is also one of the creators of the records for the Pioneer and Voyager probes and the Arecibo radio message, according to the SETI… Continue reading Astronomer Frank Drake dies

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze figurine of Jupiter in Taman

Archaeologists explored the ancient settlement of Red October-1, located in Taman. As a result of this work, they established that the fortified settlement arose at the turn of the 6th–5th centuries BC and existed until the modern era. Among the rare artifacts discovered at this site were a gray clay lamp in the shape of… Continue reading Archaeologists have discovered a bronze figurine of Jupiter in Taman

James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

The James Webb Infrared Space Observatory has captured its first direct image of superjupiter HIP 65426b as it orbits the yellow-white dwarf in a wide orbit. The image made it possible to clarify the parameters of the planet and prove the high efficiency of the observatory in direct observations of exoplanets. A preprint of the… Continue reading James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

“James Webb” for the first time reliably found carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

The James Webb Infrared Space Observatory has for the first time reliably detected carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet. The target of the observations was the hot Saturn WASP-39b, and their results will help test models for the formation of the exoplanet. A preprint of the work was published on arXiv.org. Carbon dioxide… Continue reading “James Webb” for the first time reliably found carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

James Webb captures its most extensive deep sky image yet

As part of the CEERS sky survey, the James Webb Infrared Space Telescope captured its record-breaking wide-angle deep image of a patch of sky in the constellation Ursa Major. It contains a huge number of galaxies that existed at different stages in the life of the Universe, including one of the candidates for a record-distant… Continue reading James Webb captures its most extensive deep sky image yet

James Webb saw auroras on Jupiter

The James Webb Infrared Space Telescope has captured new images of the Jupiter system. On them, in addition to details in the planet’s atmosphere and auroras, you can see the rings of Jupiter and a couple of its satellites, according to the NASA website. The Jupiter system, like the gas giant itself, represents important targets… Continue reading James Webb saw auroras on Jupiter

Galileo Galilei's manuscript turned out to be a fake

American historian Nick Wilding discovered that Galileo Galilei's manuscript in the University of Michigan library is a forgery. Supposedly it was made by the famous forger Tobia Nicotra in the 1930s. This was reported in a press release from the University of Michigan. For almost a century, the library of the University of Michigan has… Continue reading Galileo Galilei's manuscript turned out to be a fake

One of the Trojans for the Lucy station turned out to be an asteroid with a satellite

Astronomers have summed up their observations of the occultation of the background star by the Trojan asteroid Jupiter Polymela, which was chosen as one of the targets for the interplanetary station Lucy. Their results confirmed the discovery of a satellite with a diameter of 5 kilometers around the asteroid, which is located at a distance… Continue reading One of the Trojans for the Lucy station turned out to be an asteroid with a satellite

Jupiter has limited the parameters of dark matter

Theoretical physicists have proposed a new method for constraining the parameters of dark matter based on data obtained by the orbiting Galileo spacecraft and the Juno station. The researchers calculated the flux of relativistic charged particles produced as a result of the annihilation of dark matter particles and compared the resulting theoretical value with the… Continue reading Jupiter has limited the parameters of dark matter

TESS finds an unusually light mini-Neptune

Astronomers using ground-based and space-based telescopes have confirmed the discovery of mini-Neptune GJ 3090b by the TESS space telescope. The exoplanet turned out to be very light, which indicates large reserves of volatile substances, and its atmosphere will be the subject of future studies by the James Webb Telescope. The preprint is published on arXiv.org.… Continue reading TESS finds an unusually light mini-Neptune