What occurs when a planet has no star? The latest discovery of an exoplanet wandering the galaxy by itself prompts many intriguing questions: Where did it come from? How did it type? And is it even value contemplating the chance that it is perhaps liveable? Radek Poleski, one of many astronomers who made this discovery, joins Mat Kaplan on this week’s Planetary Radio to debate the rogue planet and the thrilling prospects it would maintain. Pictured: An artist’s impression of the gravitational microlensing impact that allowed Poleski and his crew to search out the free-floating planet. Image credit score: Jan Skowron/Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw.
The mud is settling within the aftermath of the U.S.’s 2020 election season. What does it imply for house? The newest article from Planetary Society chief advocate Casey Dreier explores some broad implications for NASA’s total path and, specifically, penalties for The Planetary Society’s three major areas of curiosity: planetary exploration, the seek for life, and planetary protection.
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Mark your calendars for the 2029 asteroid Apophis flyby! On 13 April 2029, a near-Earth asteroid named Apophis will go as shut as 30,600 kilometers (19,000 miles) above the Earth—nearer than geostationary communications satellites. Fear not—we all know that the asteroid gained’t influence our planet. But this occasion will create unprecedented alternatives to boost public consciousness of the asteroid menace. Planetary Society chief scientist Bruce Betts and chief advocate Casey Dreier offered a paper on this chance ultimately week’s Apophis T-9 Years workshop.