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.
We report on Day 4 of the winter AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. Highlights include an exploding space cow, a discussion of data in astronomy, the latest look at the possibility of life beyond earth, and an exploration of climate impact much closer to home.
How do the protoplanetary disks around young pre-main sequence stars evolve into planetary systems? Come attend Dr. Catherine Espaillat’s plenary talk “From Disks to Planets: Observing Planet Formation in Disks Around Young Stars” at #AAS233 to know more!
Exquisite measurements of physical and chemical properties of protoplanetary disks from ALMA hold important clues to the history of planet formation. Come listen to Dr. Lauren Ilsedore Cleeves’ plenary lecture at #AAS233 to know more!
We report on Day 2 of the winter AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. Highlights include a discussion of the latest news in planet formation, an overview of future proposed space missions, and a look at the history of gravitational-wave detectors.
All things – from planets to needle-shaped rocks – in motion around their star (or other stars!) are narrating an interesting story about their history. Are we listening? Come attend Dr. Greg Laughlin’s plenary lecture at #AAS233 to know more!