How can we find an ocean on an exoplanet? Will we be able to find signatures of oceans on Earth-like planets in the coming decades?
What do people think of scientists? A group of physics and psychology researchers teamed up to identify stereotypes about physicists and biologists in order to refine what stereotypes are held about not only science as a whole, but specifically the field of physics.
In this new paper, the authors combine the adaptive powers of machine learning with the problem of crater identification. Identifying craters is a difficult task, but can help us better understand the history of our solar system.
Lucy, a new asteroid mission, has begun preparation to target multiple asteroids in the Trojan group near Jupiter for flybys in the late 2020s. Until that date, though, astronomers are busy preparing for the mission and trying to gather all the data on these objects that we can from Earth. Buie et. al. 2018 specifically investigates Leucus and Polymele, using their light curves to tease out information about their color, composition, orbit, and reflectivity.