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My Week that Was, and Wonderfully Weird Worlds

Monday afternoon was sunny and warm. For central Minnesota in January. The high was around 32° Fahrenheit, 0° Celsius. Our sidewalk and driveway were free(ish) of snow, with a bit over a half-foot covering the yard. The weather station at … Continue reading

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Big Planet, Wide Orbit, Unsolved Mystery: b Centauri(AB)b

Scientists in Sweden, taking part in 2019’s BEAST program that used SPHERE on the VLT discovered an ‘it might be an exoplanet.’ In 2021, they got confirmation. They’d spotted an exoplanet. And SPHERE on the VLT1 has an picture of … Continue reading

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HD 63935: Two Sub-Neptunes and Maybe More

Designations like HD 63935 b and c don’t exactly roll of the tongue. Although with a little work I might pronounce them “trippingly on the tongue,” as Hamlet put it. Maybe saying “sixty five ninety three five bee and cee” … Continue reading

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Arecibo Radio Telescope 1963-2020

Update (December 1, 2020) “Arecibo telescope collapses, ending 57-year run” Eric Hand, Science Magazine (December 1, 2020) “The Arecibo Observatory is gone. Its 900-ton instrument platform, suspended above a dish in the karst hills of Puerto Rico, collapsed this morning, … Continue reading

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