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

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

A galaxy merger could extinguish a burst of star formation.

Astronomers have found for the first time an example of the result of the merger of two galaxies, where the merger process itself inhibited the formation of new stars, throwing out most of the cold gas reserves from the galaxies. In the case of SDSS J1448+1010, about 47 percent of the material needed to form… Continue reading A galaxy merger could extinguish a burst of star formation.

Astronomers have not found a dense atmosphere near a hot super-Earth

Astronomers, thanks to the TESS and Spitzer telescopes, have determined that the hot super-Earth GJ 1252b is not capable of having a dense atmosphere, even with a high initial pressure at the surface of the planet or a high carbon content in the magma. Instead, it may be surrounded only by a tenuous exosphere, replenished… Continue reading Astronomers have not found a dense atmosphere near a hot super-Earth

James Webb finds organic molecules in icy particles around a very young protostar

The James Webb Infrared Space Telescope has reliably discovered a number of organic molecules, including complex ones, in the composition of ice particles in the core of the very young protovesche IRAS 15398−3359. In addition, the telescope examined the structure of one of the outflows of matter from the protostar, which consists of four shells.… Continue reading James Webb finds organic molecules in icy particles around a very young protostar

Astronomers have found a record-breaking planetary nebula

Astronomers using ground-based telescopes have confirmed the discovery of a new planetary nebula in the Milky Way, which is the remnant of a star 2.8 times more massive than the Sun. The kinematic age of the nebula turned out to be record-breaking and amounted to 78 thousand years; it is part of an open star… Continue reading Astronomers have found a record-breaking planetary nebula

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

A candidate for an artificial radio signal from an Earth-like exoplanet turned out to be of terrestrial nature

Astronomers have concluded that the unusual narrow-band radio signal recorded in the direction of the Kepler-438 exoplanet system last year by the FAST telescope is not a technosignature, but is of anthropogenic origin. This is indicated by the polarization properties of the signal. A preprint of the work was published on arXiv.org. To answer the… Continue reading A candidate for an artificial radio signal from an Earth-like exoplanet turned out to be of terrestrial nature

Astronomers have found the best candidate for an ocean exoplanet

Astronomers using ground-based and space telescopes have confirmed the discovery of the super-Earth TOI-1452b around a red dwarf. According to scientists, it is best described by a model of an exoplanet with a global water ocean, the mass of which makes up 22 percent of the total mass of the planet. It is expected that… Continue reading Astronomers have found the best candidate for an ocean exoplanet

Machine learning predicts the thickness of lead's neutron skin

Physicists have calculated the thickness of the neutron shell in the core of the lead-208 isotope – it is in the range from 0.14 to 0.20 femtometers. To do this, scientists combined calculations from first principles, statistical methods and machine learning. This scheme works faster than direct simulations and in the future it can be… Continue reading Machine learning predicts the thickness of lead's neutron skin