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EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

Jun 30, 2020

Join us today for our top story: a massive star has disappeared, probably due to dust but maybe not. Also, we explain how a symbiotic nova occurs and produces gamma rays. Finally, we are pleased to share some of the winners and runners up in the “Capture the Dark” photography contest from the International Dark...

Jun 29, 2020

Join us today as we look at big news on a big quasar! Pōniuāʻena is the second-most distant quasar ever found, and its existence challenges conventional black hole formation theory. Also, we explain how the theoretical axion particle might be involved in the origin of dark matter.

Jun 26, 2020

Join us today as we look at a possible explanation for how mudstone formed in the Martian highlands. We share a plethora of new images from the Gemini Planet Imager of detailed, dusty discs around stars. And finally, Hubble sees another planet-forming disc flap its bat-wings.

Jun 25, 2020

Join us today as we take a careful look at two stories from one gravitational wave event. First, we report on the detection and how it led to the discovery of an object in the “mass gap” between neutron stars and black holes. Second, we cover Caltech’s corresponding detection of the event in light waves.

Jun 24, 2020

Join us for this week's Rocket Roundup with host Annie Wilson as we look back at two Chinese rocket launches this past week, including one we actually got to livestream!