Physics and Astronomy News Archive: June 2016

Image: Winds at 0.25c spotted leaving mysterious binary systems
Winds at 0.25c spotted leaving mysterious binary systems
Source: Cambridge   Posted: 6/30/16
Astronomers have observed two black holes in nearby galaxies devouring their companion stars at an extremely high rate, and spitting out matter at a quarter the speed of light.

Image: Researchers Trace Mercury’s Origins To Rare Meteorite
Researchers Trace Mercury’s Origins To Rare Meteorite
Source: MIT   Posted: 6/30/16
Experiments show planet cooled dramatically in half a billion years.

Image: Opal Discovered In Antarctic Meteorite
Opal Discovered In Antarctic Meteorite
Source: NAM   Posted: 6/28/16
Planetary scientists have discovered pieces of opal in a meteorite found in Antarctica, a result that demonstrates that meteorites delivered water ice to asteroids early in the history of the solar system.

Image: Glowing Jupiter Awaits Juno’s Arrival
Glowing Jupiter Awaits Juno’s Arrival
Source: NAM   Posted: 6/27/16
Stunning new images of Jupiter at thermal infrared wavelengths give a glowing view of Juno’s target, a week ahead of the NASA mission’s arrival at the giant planet.

Image: Pluto’s ‘heart’ renews itself
Pluto’s ‘heart’ renews itself
Source: WISTL   Posted: 6/14/16
Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto’s icy surface is renewed by a process called convection that replace older ices with fresher material.

Image: Supermassive Black Hole Feeding On Cold Gas Observed
Supermassive Black Hole Feeding On Cold Gas Observed
Source: MIT   Posted: 6/12/16
For the first time, astronomers have detected billowy clouds of cold, clumpy gas streaming toward a black hole, at the center of a massive galaxy cluster.

Image: Three New Element Names Proposed
Three New Element Names Proposed
Source: LLNL   Posted: 6/10/16
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) opened a public comment period for the recommended names of elements 115, 117 and 118.

Image: Super Quantum Simulator Entangles Hundreds of Ions
Super Quantum Simulator Entangles Hundreds of Ions
Source: NIST   Posted: 6/10/16
Physicists have “entangled” or linked together the properties of up to 219 beryllium ions (charged atoms) to create a quantum simulator.