18 September 2018

Highlights from AAS Nova: 2-15 September 2018

By Susanna Kohler

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

AAS Nova provides brief highlights of recently published articles from the AAS journals, i.e., The Astronomical Journal (AJ) and The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJ Letters, and ApJ Supplements. 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.


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

14 September 2018
New Detections of the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole
Scientists have made new detections of our galaxy’s supermassive black hole in far-infrared wavelengths, helping us to piece together a picture of this monster.

12 September 2018
Surprise Discovery of a 14-Year-Old Supernova
An amateur astronomer’s recent images led to the discovery of a supernova that occurred 14 years ago in a distant galaxy.

11 September 2018
Filling (Dust) Gaps in Our Knowledge of Planet Formation
With the awesome power of ALMA, scientists have observed a variety of dust gaps in protoplanetary disks. Astrobites reports on a study of how these gaps might relate to planet formation.

10 September 2018
Supernova Archeology with Radioactive Eyes
A guest author for Astrobites reports on how the ratio of various elements can inform our view of what happens during a supernova.

7 September 2018
Black Hole Mergers through Cosmic Time
Has the rate at which black holes merge changed over time? And if so, how can we tell?

5 September 2018
Featured Image: A Side-by-Side Look at Messier 100
This stunning Spitzer infrared image of the galaxy M100 reveals star-forming clumps throughout its spiral arms.

4 September 2018
Giant Planets, Don’t Let a Windy Day Ruin Your Childhood
Pebbles may play a crucial role in the formation of gas-giant planets. Astrobites reports on how strong magnetic winds impact this process.