8 October 2019

Highlights from AAS Nova: 22 September - 5 October 2019

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.

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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 webpage for more posts.

4 October 2019
Welcome and Farewell to Our AAS Media Fellows
Please join us in saying farewell to our inaugural AAS Media Fellow and welcoming our new one!

2 October 2019
Watching Stars Evolve in Real Time
A collection of more than 100 years of data has now given us a rare opportunity to watch, in real time, as a star evolves.

1 October 2019
Aliens Among Us*
Astrobites reports on some new estimates for the number of interstellar alien visitors — rocks, not life! — we can expect to spot in our solar system.

30 September 2019
When Black Holes Shred Sun-like Stars
When a passing star gets a little too close to a massive black hole, destruction ensues. But how does the star’s age affect the outcome?

27 September 2019
Two Eyes to Hunt Stray Planet Masses
How can we measure the masses of free-floating planets? One way is to combine the power of two upcoming missions.

25 September 2019
Uniting Short Gamma-Ray Bursts and Neutron Star Mergers
Are short gamma-ray bursts — brief flashes of high-energy emission — created by the collision of two neutron stars?

24 September 2019
An Ad-Mira-ble Distance Measurement
What if we used stars other than Cepheids to measure distances? Astrobites reports.

23 September 2019
Featured Image: Deconstructing Galaxies
By deconstructing simulated galaxies, we can learn more about how they formed and what causes them to take the shapes they do.