Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images and animation available to help understand the latest developments.
March 2015 – It’s a one-man show this month presented by Dimitri Klebe.
Dimitri begins close to home (relatively speaking) by bringing us the latest on the Dawn mission. The spacecraft was captured into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres in early March. This is the second extraterrestrial object visited by Dawn. In 2011 the spacecraft explored the giant asteroid Vesta.
Next, he goes to the outer Solar System to cover the new examination of trans-neptunian objects that suggest two planets may lurk in the shadows.
Speaking of shadows, Dimitri’s next story is about how the Rosetta probe captured a photo of its own shadow on the comet it’s studying from orbit.
From there he focuses outside our galaxy to discuss how scientists discovered two rare dwarf satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way using data from the Dark Energy Survey.
Moving from dwarf galaxies to star clusters, Dimitri talks about a newly-discovered massive star cluster buried within a supernebula located in the constellation Centaurus.
Next, Dimitri talks about how astronomers using the Hubble space Telescope spotted a distant supernova split into four images by a cosmic lens.
Wrapping up by going back in space and time, he discusses new observations that reveal a bright star observed in 1670 was not a nova but a spectacular collision between two stars.