AstroTalk Episode October 29, 2020

Hunt For Planet 9. NASA Finds Water On Moon's Sunlit Surface. Fast Radio Bursts From A Magnetar. Preparations Are Underway To Sample Material From the Asteroid Bennu.The Search For Life In The Universe.

1:59pm - 2:46pm

SA new search method for the presumed Planet 9. Astronomers believe it is floating around in the Kuiper Belt. the method is called shifting and stacking. A number of telescopes would be to shift space telescopes along possible paths, and then the images would be stacked, to better be able to sight the planet. Water has been found on the Moon's sunlit surface for the first time. They were searching on a crater's surface using the telescope SOFIA. Other methods could not distinguish between water, H2O, and hydroxyl, OH-. Findings were also made by LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) to find cold traps on the Moon. Scientists believe the Moon holds twice as much water as previously thought. A magnetar in the Milky Way, SGR 1935+2154. is sending out the first Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) to be found in our galaxy. October 8 2020 was the day that the star acted up again. Three radio bursts were detected in 3 milliseconds on the telescope CHIME. By studying the FBRs, UBC astronomer Deborah Good hopes that this will reveal the relationship between Magnetars and FRBs. Before this year, FRBs had only be4en detected coming from outside the Milky Way. The OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft is about ready to go to collec6t its samples from asteroid Bennu. A landing site has been selected and practices are underway to begin the TAG (touch and Go) procedure.