Sagittarius A in all its glory*
A newly imaged black hole in the Milky Way, the Webb telescope in the last stage of commissioning, and controversy about communicating with aliens.
Webb’s final weeks of commissioning will include some new tricks
After the James Webb Space Telescope released a stunning new picture of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way, investigators charted the path forward for the $10 billion telescope in the coming months. Webb will be tested like never before, slewing across hot and cold attitudes to track faster-moving objects.
Ingenuity Mars helicopter in recovery from a power issue
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) came back into contact with the Ingenuity Mars helicopter on May 5. Dust on its solar panels is the factor behind it missing an expected call about two days before with the Perseverance Mars rover that relays its commands, the agency reported May 6.
‘Invisible’ frost and dust avalanches come to light on Mars
Scientists may have finally figured out why Mars has so much frost only visible in infrared light, instead of visible. Scientists suggest that the frost may be camouflaged by dust, based on data from NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter.
China seeks ‘Earth 2.0’ with a proposed telescope
China plans to send an Earth 2.0 Telescope aloft to search for new exoplanets, if a proposal from the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory is approved. Plans call for the spacecraft to search for dimming of stars as planets transit across them, from sun-Earth Lagrange point 2, about 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth.
THIS WEEK ON OUR ART CORNER
Experiment 2.C explores various notions of awe for a viewer to experience – a sensation of vastness, an inability to define the surrounding environment, and the feeling of being surrounded by one object with endless variability.
Dan and David are the creators of the Museum of Awe, a concept for the presentation of mesmerizing installations that invite viewers to marvel in the world around them. Each installation will draw attention to the everyday parts of life – previously-seen objects, environments, or moments which may have been overlooked. They intend to ignite curiosity and remind us to treasure the gift of being alive.
Experiment 2.C is the third iteration of the second experiment of the Museum of Awe.