A New View of the Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy
SpaceTime 20200129 Series 23 Episode 09
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*A new view of the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy
Astronomers have been shown a new never before seen glimpse of the centre of the Milky Way revealing regions of star birth and what appears to be an accretion ring of debris surrounding the galaxy’s central supermassive black hole.
*Supernova 1987A opens a new window in astronomy
Scientists have managed to peer deep into the past of supernova 1987A – the first nearby supernova that astronomers have been able to study in modern times.
*An eighth target for the Lucy Jovian trojan asteroid mission
Astronomers have found an eighth target for NASA’s Lucy mission to Jupiter’s trojan asteroids.
*Dragon passes its final test before manned space flights begin
NASA and SpaceX have successfully carried out their final major test flight of the Crew Dragon Two capsule prior to it being cleared to transport crew to the International Space Station.
*Boeing’s Starliner passes inspection following first space flight
Meanwhile, Boeing says an assessment of the Starliner capsule used for last month’s test flight shows the spacecraft has survived its journey into space and back with only minimal refurbishment needed before its next flight.
*First spacewalk for 2020
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have carried out their first spacewalk for the year.
*The Science Report
The growing global threat from a new coronavirus out of China.
2019 tops off Earth’s the warmest decade on record.
A breakthrough in laser-based weapons.
The iconic Platypus is on brink of extinction.
New study finds pop culture evolves no faster than normal animal evolution.
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