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.
August 2015 – Dimitri Klebe and Ka Chun Yu are our presenters this month.
Dimitri brings us the latest mission news - Rosetta witnessing comet 67P/C-G’s closest approach to the sun, Dawn’s closest-yet views of dwarf planet Ceres, and speaking of dwarf planets, let’s not forget New Horizon’s recent flyby of Pluto. The New Horizon’s team recently announced the next target for the spacecraft as a small Kuiper belt object.
Next up, Dimitri tells us how scientists have discovered the ingredients that fire up a particular kind of supernova known as Type Ia supernovae. Finally, he wraps up with a look at the slow death of the universe.
Ka Chun Yu covers two stories tonight. First, he looks at recent research into which type of galaxy is most likely to host complex life in the universe. In his second story, he talks about the recent announcement of the discovery of the exoplanet 51 Eridani b by the Gemini Planet Imager. This exoplanet, which is 100 light-years away, shares many of the characteristics of an early Jupiter and could help scientists understand how the solar system formed.