JWST has observed the Cartwheel Galaxy 😍 #shorts

From Dr. Becky. For more info about the Cartwheel Galaxy, check out the previous video I made: https://youtu.be/OIf78aX00kY Download the images of the Cartwheel galaxy yourself, either: Processed by NASA: https://webbtelescope.org/contents/media/images/2022/039/01G8JXN0K2VBQP112RNSQWTCTH Or in the raw format (search for PGC 2248 in the box): https://mast.stsci.edu/portal/Mashup/Clients/Mast/Portal.html — 👕 My new merch is available here (with worldwide shipping!):…

Nope, Webb HASN’T found the most distant galaxy (yet!) | Night Sky News July 2022

From Dr. Becky. For Physics experiments delivered to your door head to https://melscience.com/sBIs/ and use promo code DRBECKY for 50% off the first month of any subscription (valid until 31st August 2022). Find Comet C/2017 K2’s position for today: https://theskylive.com/c2017k2-info To access all public JWST data head to: https://mast.stsci.edu/portal/Mashup/Clients/Mast/Portal.html To see all JWST early release…

An astrophysicist explains the first JWST science images

From Dr. Becky. The first science images from JWST are absolutely spectacular, but what are we seeing in them and what can learn from them? I’ve been at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Warwick all week with 500 of my fellow astronomers, and we’ve been geeking out over the images together –…

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

From Dr. Becky. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING! Any guesses what it is? I’ll be in the comments answering all your questions at 6pm BST tomorrow. No, I’m not pregnant 🙄 — 👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of…

The most luminous quasar ever found, plus JWST update! | Night Sky News June 2022

From Dr. Becky. Offset your carbon footprint on Wren https://www.wren.co/start/drbecky The first 100 people who sign up will have 10 extra trees planted in their name! 👕 My new merch is available here (with worldwide shipping!): https://dr-becky.teemill.com/ Greaves et al. (2021; phosphine on Venus) – https://arxiv.org/pdf/2009.06593.pdf Villanueva et al. (2021; no phosphine on Venus challenge)…

JWST mirror hit by a micrometeorite – what’s the damage? #short

From Dr. Becky. NASA announced that the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror was hit by its largest micrometeorite yet causing some minor damage and affecting the imaging. What does that mean for its science capabilities? — 👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford. I love making videos about science…

An astrophysicist’s TOP 5 targets for JWST

From Dr. Becky. Visit http://brilliant.org/DrBecky/ to get started learning STEM for free, and the first 200 people will get 20% off their annual premium subscription. More information on what the James Webb Space Telescope will do – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9ZlqWp7620 My previous video about Earendel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VChgsXbIgdw My previous video about HD1 & GN-z11 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VquAx6UNqfQ&t=1014s My…

JWST is now fully aligned! First look at MIRI data #shorts

From Dr. Becky. We’re one step closer to science observations with the James Webb Space Telescope! Plus our first look at MIRI data! — 👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford. I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we…

ALL THE DETAILS on Earendel: a star 12.9 billion light years away seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

From Dr. Becky. Visit http://brilliant.org/DrBecky/ to get started learning STEM for free, and the first 200 people will get 20% off their annual premium subscription. Welch, Coe et al. (2022; free to read) – https://stsci-opo.org/STScI-01FX61F3NBSQQY4K41GKAX05QD.pdf Archive of approved Hubble Space Telescope proposals: https://www.stsci.edu/ftp/presto/ops/program-lists/HST-TAC.html Archive of approved JWST programs: https://www.stsci.edu/jwst/science-execution/approved-programs/cycle-1-go RELICS HST public observing planning file:…

DOUBLE VORTEX solves mystery of Saturn’s rotation | ft. Tom Stallard & Nahid Chowdhury

From Dr. Becky. Visit http://brilliant.org/DrBecky/ to get started learning STEM for free, and the first 200 people will get 20% off their annual premium subscription. Chowdhury, Stallard et al. (2022; twin vortex discovery) – https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2021GL096492 Smith (2010; original idea paper) – https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/410/4/2315/1005761 Kaiser et al. (1980; Voyager measurement) – https://science.sciencemag.org/content/209/4462/1238 Gurnett et al. (2005; Cassini…

The unsolved mystery of the Lion Mane Nebula

From Dr. Becky. We still don’t know why the Lion Mane Nebula is the shape that it is. Here’s our best idea though… Note that the Lion Mane Nebula (NGC 2392) used to be referred to as the "Eskimo nebula", however in 2015 the International Astronomical Union deemed this name inappropriate and offensive, and strongly…

JWST’s first image! Plus an imminent merger of two supermassive black holes | Night Sky News Feb ’22

From Dr. Becky. Visit http://brilliant.org/DrBecky/ to get started learning STEM for free, and the first 200 people will get 20% off their annual premium subscription. This month’s night sky news covers everything from the alignment of the James Webb Space Telescope, the deorbit of the International Space Station, the discovery of a new candidate Intermediate…

LIVE | The first image from the James Webb Space Telescope! (and why it looks a bit naff)

From Dr. Becky. See the first image from the James Webb Space Telescope here: https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2022/02/11/photons-received-webb-sees-its-first-star-18-times/ Find out more about the alignment process happening in the next few months here: https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2022/02/03/photons-incoming-webb-team-begins-aligning-the-telescope/ — 📚 "Space: 10 Things You Should Know": http://bit.ly/SpaceDrBecky 📚 US & Canada version: "Space at the speed of light" (same book, different title, with…

Move over JWST! 5 new telescopes to get excited for

From Dr. Becky. The James Webb Space Telescope might be getting all the media attention right now, but there’s 5 more BIG astronomical observatories to look forward to in the next 5 years 00:00 – Introduction 00:38 – Extremely Large Telescope (ELT + TMT, GMT) 03:40 – Euclid Space Telescope 05:12 – Square Kilometre Array…

Crashing into an asteroid! | NASA’s DART mission FAQ

From Dr. Becky. To learn more about science and maths head to https://brilliant.org/drbecky and sign up for free. Plus get 20% off an annual premium subscription. Pravec et al. (2006; Didymos light curves before impact) – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103505003891 More on the DART mission – https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart 00:00 – Introduction 00:21 – NASA’s DART mission 02:11 – What…

An astrophysicist reacts to Finch with Tom Hanks (solar flares, aurora and UV-C radiation)

From Dr. Becky. To learn more about science and maths head to https://brilliant.org/drbecky and sign up for free. Plus get 20% off an annual premium subscription. NASA Ozone Watch – https://ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/monthly/monthly_2021-10_SH.html Jackman et al. (2000; impact of July 2000 solar flare) – https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2001GL013221 Green & Boardsen (2006; duration of 1859 auroral storm) – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5215858/ Trevisan…

An extra-GALACTIC planet outside the Milky Way?! | Night Sky News November 2021

From Dr. Becky. Go to https://curiositystream.thld.co/DrBecky and use code DRBECKY to save 25% off today, that’s only $14.99 a year. Thanks to Curiosity Stream for sponsoring today’s video. NOTE: Filmed before the Russian anti-satellite missile test on Monday 15th November 2021 Lunar eclipse timings for your area – https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2021-november-19 Smith et al. (2021; BLC1 is…

Volcanic ash is NOT GOOD for astronomy | La Palma

From Dr. Becky. I was supposed to be using a telescope at the observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands this week, but the volcano on the island had other ideas. Here’s why volcanic ash is so damaging to both telescopes and the images taken with them. To find out what we were planning to observe…