Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll delve deep into space and follow up on a topic that is near and dear to our hearts: exoplanets. New discoveries of planets orbiting other stars are frequent, so two experts from the Institute for Astronomy will help us understand why they matter.
An international team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in a disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. The new object is a little more than 400 miles wide and has one of the largest orbits recorded for a dwarf planet. The small icy planet was spotted with the large camera at the Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope on Mauna Kea as part of the ongoing Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS).
We’ll get an update on the second launch of Project Imua from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The project is a collaboration among four community colleges to build a payload with data collecting experiments and their launch date is set for Aug 16th.
As we ramp up for the 2016 hurricane season, what new tech can we use to better prepare? We'll go beyond the typical crank flashlight and radio and find out what gadgets you might need to weather the next big storm.