The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan’s epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes.
Scientists studying a dense core of gas called Barnard 5 that lies 800 light-years away in the constellation Perseus discover a young protostar and three dense condensations that will give birth to four stars in ~40,000 years.
Recent budget cuts suggested a bleak outlook for Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton in California, but a substantial gift from internet giant Google gives this historic teaching and research facility hope for a brighter future.
Five years after a balky valve kept it from entering orbit around Venus, Japan’s Akatsuki space probe is again approaching the sweltering planet for another shot at completing its science mission in December.
A team of UK scientists and engineers announce plans to launch a small satellite called “Twinkle” within four years, an ambitious mission to provide insights into the chemistry, formation and evolution of planets orbiting other stars.