University of New Mexico: Jupiter-like planet discovered through TESS and citizen scientist collaboration

University of New Mexico: Jupiter-like planet discovered through TESS and citizen scientist collaboration. “Since 2010, Tom Jacobs, a former U.S. naval officer, has participated in online volunteer projects that allow anyone who is interested — ‘citizen scientists’ — to look through NASA telescope data for signs of planets beyond our solar system. Now, Jacobs has helped discover a giant gaseous planet about 379 light-years from Earth, orbiting a star with the same mass as the Sun.”

The Conversation: Hunting galaxies far far away – here’s how anyone can explore the universe

The Conversation: Hunting galaxies far far away – here’s how anyone can explore the universe. “Only a few decades ago astronomers had to tediously examine photographic plates after a long, cold and lonely night of observing. In the 21st century we have access to information any time, anywhere via the internet. Automatic telescopes and surveys now provide us with so much data we require machines to help us analyse it. In some cases human eyes will only ever look at what the computers have deemed is interesting! Massive amounts of data are hosted online, just waiting to be admired, for free.”

Space: How to watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launch online in several languages on Christmas Eve

Space: How to watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launch online in several languages on Christmas Eve. “The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to NASA and Europe’s iconic Hubble Space Telescope. The next-generation capabilities of the upcoming observatory, paired with the laundry list of mission delays over the last several years, makes this a highly-anticipated event across the astronomical community.”

Associated Press: Memorial planned for space exploration workers in Alabama

Associated Press: Memorial planned for space exploration workers in Alabama. “A $1.5 million memorial is being planned to honor more than 20,000 people who have worked with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in north Alabama, assisting in U.S. space exploration. The Madison County Commission recently gave $50,000 toward the project, which is being organized by the NASA/Marshall Retirees Association and would recognize both government workers and contractors, WAAY-TV reported.”

Mashable: NASA shared some extraordinary new sights and sounds from Jupiter orbit

Mashable: NASA shared some extraordinary new sights and sounds from Jupiter orbit. “Who would’ve guessed that Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s many moons, sounds like a Brian Eno album? A new research dump from the Juno orbiter has given all of us space nerds a blessed holiday treat: Sights and sounds from our solar system’s largest planet and its largest moon. The photos of the swirling gas giant’s ‘surface’ are as gorgeous and painterly as Jupiter watchers have come to expect, but the real treat is that audio track.

IceNews: Website to Finland’s space-related projects recently launched

IceNews: Website to Finland’s space-related projects recently launched. “A new website dedicated to Finland’s space-related projects has recently been launched, the Finnish government has been announced. A collaboration between Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Business Finland, the website will feature all of the country’s latest space projects and information about Finland’s space administration and international cooperation.”

University of Minnesota: Large MeerKAT telescope data release reveals beautiful new cosmic puzzles

University of Minnesota: Large MeerKAT telescope data release reveals beautiful new cosmic puzzles. “An international team, including lead researchers from the University of Minnesota and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), have released highly detailed images of radio emissions from 115 clusters of galaxies that give new clues to the formation and evolution of galaxies throughout the Universe. The overview paper for the MeerKAT Galaxy Cluster Legacy Survey (MGCLS) is scheduled for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics, an international peer-reviewed journal. The findings are accompanied by the public release of a huge trove of curated data now available for astronomers worldwide.”

NASA: NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Lucy Launch

NASA: NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Lucy Launch. “Lucy is scheduled to launch no earlier than 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 16, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Live launch coverage will begin at 5 a.m. EDT on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. NASA will hold a prelaunch briefing Wednesday, Oct. 13, and science and engineering briefings Oct. 14.”

Phys .org: Largest virtual universe free for anyone to explore

Phys .org: Largest virtual universe free for anyone to explore. “Forget about online games that promise you a ‘whole world’ to explore. An international team of researchers has generated an entire virtual universe, and made it freely available on the cloud to everyone. Uchuu (meaning ‘outer space’ in Japanese) is the largest and most realistic simulation of the universe to date.”