Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

Ornithologists have described a new species of bird that lives on the Diego Ramirez Islands south of South America. It is called the subantarctic rayadito. In the past, the local population was thought to be the spiny-tailed rayadito, which is widespread in Chile and Argentina. However, the analysis showed that individuals from the Diego Ramirez… Continue reading Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

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

Bushfire smoke raised temperatures in Australia by three degrees

British climatologists studied the distribution of smoke in the stratosphere after bushfires in Australia in 2019–2020. They found that black carbon particles in the smoke increased the average temperature in the lower stratosphere by 0.7 degrees worldwide, with temperatures rising by three degrees over Australia. Additionally, the reaction of smoke and ozone has caused the… Continue reading Bushfire smoke raised temperatures in Australia by three degrees

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

Supernova 1181 fits the model of the merger of two white dwarfs

Astronomers from six countries have confirmed the idea that supernova SN 1181 AD, which exploded in 1181, represents the second remnant of a rare type of Iax supernova confirmed in the Milky Way. It is assumed that two carbon-oxygen white dwarfs or a massive carbon-oxygen dwarf with a helium companion merged without the resulting white… Continue reading Supernova 1181 fits the model of the merger of two white dwarfs

Astronomers have limited the lifetime of the first “intra-Venus” asteroid

Astronomers presented the results of studies of the recently discovered asteroid Ailohchahnim, whose orbit lies entirely within the orbit of Venus. It turned out that the body has a diameter of 1.7 kilometers, it can be classified as a silicate asteroid and in 1-2 million years it can collide with the inner planets or even… Continue reading Astronomers have limited the lifetime of the first “intra-Venus” asteroid

“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

The CHEOPS telescope confirmed the discovery of two exoplanets near the “Valley of Sub-Neptunes”

Astronomers using ground-based telescopes and the CHEOPS space telescope have confirmed the discovery of two exoplanets around an orange dwarf close to the Sun. One of the planets is a super-Earth and falls in the poorly explained “sub-Neptune valley”, and the second was classified as a sub-Neptune and is located near the “valley”. A preprint… Continue reading The CHEOPS telescope confirmed the discovery of two exoplanets near the “Valley of Sub-Neptunes”

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

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