Spaced Out – never out of space!

Astronomy Educator David Britten features on the fortnightly Spaced Out segment on 95bFM Drive where he chats all things space science, Stardome and stargazing. 

To keep up to date on these headlines make sure to have a listen around 4:40pm Tuesdays fortnightly (or catch up on it later here). Then check back here on ‘Spaced Out – never out of space!’ every two weeks to see the headlines summarised, as well as anything else that you need to know to ensure you remain the most knowledgeable person in your friend group! 

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4 February 2020

Will satellite constellations clog the night sky? 

Awesome images from largest solar telescope

The world’s oldest asteroid may have thawed the Earth

Competition for Rocket Lab in Oamaru

Spitzer Space Telescope will shut down on 30th January

NZ Defence Force aims to develop space capability

Material older than the Sun found in Australian meteorite

Milky Way supermassive black hole generates hybrid stars

Largest structure in our galaxy

Treating a surprise blood clot in space

Perihelion Day 2020

Is Betelgeuse fainting a feint, or is it getting ready to explode?

Chinese lander and rover mark one year exploring lunar far side

Chang’e 4 scientific data release

Doug Ellison processed images from Chang’e 4 and Yutu 2

Planets as light as candy floss

Star and exoplanet get official Maori names – further reading here

Space X ‘Space Train’ threat to night sky – further reading here.

Enceladus’ tiger stripes explained

Our supermassive black hole may have a companion

Iron meteorites may be hidden under Antarctic ice

Our future if climate change is not stopped

Southland teenager leads project to build satellite

Astronomy from the far side of the Moon

Eric Jackson in memoriam

UFOs – the USS Nimitz UFO Incident – further reading here and here 

White House in lockdown over mysterious slow moving blob

Rocket Lab launch mistaken for mysterious UFO

Evidence of first alien planet orbiting a white dwarf star

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter still providing valuable data

Parker Solar Probe revealing secrets of our Sun

Car accident with creature from outer space

Government funding for NZ space mission control centre – further reading here 

Japanese spacecraft heads home with asteroid samples

Voyager 2 data raises questions about interstellar space – further reading here

Supernovas more powerful than anyone imagines

India confirms its Vikram lander crashed on the Moon

Black holes may be completely different to what we thought

The 11 biggest unanswered questions about dark matter

Most massive neutron star almost shouldn’t exist – further reading here

Last transit of Mercury until 2032

Russia keeping cause of ISS hole secret

LRO fails to find India’s ‘Vikram’ lander on Moon’s surface

Nobody knows what gravity is

Dead satellite near miss

Asteroid impact on Jupiter confirmed

Water vapour on super-Earth

India finds lost lunar lander – further reading here and here

Cometary interloper from another solar system

Thousands of tardigrades litter the moon after crash

NASA activates deep space atomic clock

US military assesses strategic value of cislunar space

NASA used to think female astronauts needed makeup

Aussie prospector finds large rare meteorite 4.6 billion years old

Virgin Galactic space port opens for tourists

Bernie Sanders will tell about aliens if elected President

Rocket Lab to catch booster rockets with a helicopter

Rocket Lab eighth flight launches four satellites

Chang’e-4 rover sends stunning photos of Moon’s far side

Another comet falls into the Sun

Satellites launched from NZ will be tracked to monitor traffic and debris

Concern over Starlink satellite failures

Astronomers very concerned about SpaceX’s megaconstellation

Dark sky astro tourism centre opens in Tekapo

Curiosity Rover 7-year anniversary on Mars

European Mars lander suffers parachute damage in test

New Zealand withdraws from Square Kilometre Array Project

TESS space telescope finds its smallest planet so far

2019 Quick Space Highlights

Formation of Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto

Opportunity Rover lost after monster dust storm on Mars

First image of a black hole – further reading here

Night time for first probe on Moon’s far side

Moon crash site found! NASA probe spots Israeli lunar lander crash site

India finds its Vikram lunar lander, but still no signal

Neil Armstrong’s family received $6 million in a secret settlement

20 New moons found orbiting Saturn, bringing total to more than Jupiter

Japanese craft at asteroid Ryugu

NASA craft at asteroid Bennu