13 December 2021

Highlights from AAS Nova: 28 November - 11 December 2021

Kerry Hensley

Kerry Hensley American Astronomical Society (AAS)

AAS Nova provides brief highlights of recently published articles from the AAS journals, i.e., The Astronomical Journal (AJ), The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJ Letters, ApJ Supplements, The Planetary Science Journal, and Research Notes of the AAS. The website's intent is to gain broader exposure for AAS authors and to provide astronomy researchers and enthusiasts with summaries of recent, interesting research across a wide range of astronomical fields.

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The following are the AAS Nova highlights from the past two weeks; follow the links to read more, or visit the AAS Nova web page for more posts.

10 December 2021
Clustering Star Groups Into Known Structures
Astronomers examine the velocity and sky location of the Theia groups to see if they’re actually part of known clusters.

8 December 2021
Revisiting the “Christmas Burst”
Astronomers propose a new cause for the curiously extended gamma-ray burst discovered on Christmas day in 2010.

7 December 2021
When the Magnets Get Tough Do the Winds Keep Flowing?
Astrobites reports on how magnetic fields affect winds in the atmospheres of ultra-hot Jupiter exoplanets.

6 December 2021
World’s Largest Radio Dish Spots a Galaxy Capturing Gas
New observations from a 500-meter telescope reveal a stream of cold gas connecting a Milky Way-like galaxy to one of its satellites.

3 December 2021
Starspots and Superflares
Astronomers use transiting exoplanets to detect starspots hundreds of light-years away and study the connection between these surface features and energetic stellar flares.

1 December 2021
Modeling Magma Ocean Exoplanets
Where do exoplanets keep their water? A new study explores how water-rich magma oceans affect the properties of distant planets.

30 November 2021
How To Jump-Start a Supermassive Black Hole
Astrobites reports on some of the brightest objects in the universe: active galactic nuclei. What is responsible for switching on these supermassive engines?

29 November 2021
Featured Image: A Twisted Solar Filament
Astronomers examine a tightly coiled rope of plasma as it moves on the solar surface.

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