SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 19 Episode 28 - The mystery of KIC 8462852

May 11, 2016, 09:48 AM

Hi - Stuart with the Show Notes for Series 19 Episode 28.

*KIC mystery not solved but it’s most likely not aliens For months the tabloids have been speculating about the strange goings on around a distant star which could be providing the first scientific evidence of life – intelligent life – beyond Earth. At the centre of the speculation is that the mysterious star KIC 8462852. Hundreds of uneven, unnatural-looking dips have appeared in the star’s light curve which are difficult to explain through normal astronomical actions.

*Flying Observatory Detects Atomic Oxygen in Martian Atmosphere A new study of atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere has discovered that levels have dropped dramatically over the last forty years. Atomic oxygen has a significant impact on the red planet’s atmosphere, because it affects how other gases escape the planet.

*A rare celestial spectacle as Mercury transits the Sun In a celestial spectacle lasting some seven and a half hours, sky watchers were mesmerized as Mercury -- looking like a tiny black dot -- slowly crossed in front of the blazing disk of the Sun as seen from Earth. The rare astronomical event -- known as a transit -- only occurs about 13 times in a century.

*SpaceX nails another mission SpaceX has successfully placed a Japanese communications satellite into orbit -- and successfully returned the rocket’s main booster stage back to the surface for eventual refurbishment and for reuse. The 70 metre tall Falcon 9 rocket carrying the JCSAT 14 communications satellite blasted off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida with its 9 Merlin 1D first stage engines lighting up the night sky with a fiery orange trail with 1.5 million pounds of thrust.

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