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Pythagorean Astronomy: Routine Spaceflight? – Physics and Astronomy outreach


Artist’s impression showing a two-star system where micronovae may occur.

This artist’s impression exhibits a two-star system the place micronovae could happen. Credit score: ESO/M. Kornmesser, L. Calçada

It’s not usually {that a} new astronomical phenomenon is called, however this month we’ve got a brand new one. The title won’t be that unique, however there have been the primary observations of one thing referred to as a “micronova”. Lasting only a few hours, a micronova is way fainter than a typical “nova”, making them a lot more durable to detect, and far much less more likely to be picked up. Chris North and Edward Gomez focus on what causes these occasions.

Coming nearer to house, spaceflight has been busy, with two missions to the Area Station in April – one a part of the conventional rotation of astronauts, and the opposite a privately-funded mission from SpaceX. Does this imply that area journey is changing into routine? And is that even a very good factor?

Most of our exploration of area is, in fact, completed by robotic spacecraft, and NASA have simply introduced extensions to plenty of their ongoing missions. A few of which have already been going for over 20 years – take a bow, Mars Odyssey! From rovers on Mars to lunar mappers, and from asteroid encounters to voyagers into the unknown, there’s nonetheless extra thrilling science to come back from these missions.

An prolonged version of an unique broadcast on fifth Could 2022 as a part of Pythagoras’ Trousers on Radio Cardiff.

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