The Young Astronomers Newsletter
By Bob Patsiga
In this month’s edition of the newsletter Bob discusses:
- The politics of space flight. Congress issues warnings to NASA concerning it recent delay of the Space Launch System.
- A long-lasting supernova, iPTF14hls, discovered in 2014, is puzzling astronomers and possibly leading to some new theories about supernova behavior.
- The planetary probe, Juno, is making some close-up observations and measurements of Jupiter’s electric, magnetic and gaseous dynamics. The giant polar auroras are spectacular.
- The Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico, sustained only minor damage from hurricane Maria. However, the observatory may still be in dire straits due to budgeting woes.
- Our Sun’s weak sunspot cycle and what might be causing it.
- December’s astronomical birthdays
- Celestial happenings for the month which include a Super Moon, prominent meteor shower, the bright planets you can see in the predawn sky.
- A sky map of the winter constellations to help guide you through the December sky.