Saturday, December 30, 2017

the big astronomy news events

Enjoyed reading the article at Sky and Telescope on the top stories for 2017.

Item 1 was the latest LIGO detection. I still feel like gravitational waves is a really big deal. I believe the detections of additional black hole mergers, and now neutron star events, is going to crack open fantastic new things. This is undiscovered country.

The Oumuamua discovery was very cool indeed. Truly, out of the blue.

The discovery of an eight-planet exosolar system certainly occurred in 2017. And while very interesting to me, I don't think it is all exoplanets have yet to offer. I have a feeling there are going to be many more revelations, some astonishing.

The total solar eclipse, not surprisingly, made the list. What struck me, as I read the piece, was the personal connection. One of the ten things I actually, directly, experienced.

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