SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 19 Episode 45 - Citizen scientists rule!

Jul 13, 2016, 12:26 PM

Hi, Stuart with the Show Notes for Series 19 Episode 45...

*Citizen scientists discover a massive galaxy cluster Two volunteer participants in an international citizen science project have discovered a rare galaxy cluster which has now been named in their honour. The pair pieced together the huge C-shaped structure -- located some 1.2 billion light years away -- from much smaller images of cosmic radio waves shown to them as part of the web-based Radio Galaxy Zoo project.

*New Type of Meteorite Linked to Ancient Asteroid Collision Scientists have discovered a new type of meteorite never before seen on Earth. The space rock, appears to be from the missing partner in a massive asteroid collision 470 million years ago.

*Physicists discover family of tetraquarks Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new group of sub atomic particles called tetraquarks. Scientists at Syracuse University confirmed the existence of the rare exotic particle as well as three siblings using the Large Hadron Collider beauty LHCb detector at CERN theEuropean Organization for Nuclear Research.

*Curiosity Mars rover unexpectedly shuts down NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shut down unexpectedly over the weekend. The car sized six wheel robot suddenly put itself into safe standby mode on July second.

*Virgin Galactic to start test flights of its newest spaceship Virgin Galactic is about to start test flying its newest space plane The Unity which replaces the original SpaceShipTwo Enterprise which crashed into the Mojave Desert back in January 2014. Test fights will begin next month with full suborbital space flights beginning in 2017.

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