Solving a black hole mystery - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 20 Episode 86

Nov 03, 2017, 12:50 PM

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*Solving a black hole mystery Astronomers have for the first time measured the acceleration zone of a powerful jet of plasma being shot deep into space by a feeding black hole. The findings indicate these intense plasma streams are charged within 30 thousand kilometres of the black hole itself.

*Mars 2020 Rover will have 23 eyes NASA says improvements in camera technology mean its next rover to Mars will have no fewer than 23 cameras, to create sweeping panoramas, reveal obstacles, study the atmosphere, and assist science instruments.

*Rare Mariner’s astrolabe discovered Marine archaeologists have recovered a rare Mariner’s Astrolabe in a shipwreck off the coast of Oman. The astrolabe -- stamped with the Portuguese royal coat of arms -- was found in the wreckage of the 500-year-old Portuguese ship Esmeralda -- part of a fleet of 20 vessels under the command of the explorer Vasco da Gama who in 1498 discovered a direct route from Europe to India.

*Strange auroral activity discovered on Jupiter It’s been discovered that Jupiter's intense northern and southern auroral lights pulse independently of each other. The findings indicate that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter's south pole consistently pulse every 11 minutes. However, those at the Jovian north pole are erratic.

*November Skywatch We check out the celestial sphere for November on Skywatch. And just like October -- November see’s three meteor showers -- November Orionids, the Taurids, and the Leonids.

*The Science Report Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have now risen to 403.3 parts per million – its highest level in over 800,000 years. Links between some acid reflux drugs and stomach cancer. Migration not murder was the most likely cause for the disappearance of the Neanderthals. New study on the origins of dingos. Using astrophysics and cosmic rays to study the Great Pyramid. Seven out of ten mammoth fossils are males.

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