2016 was another very good year for the expansion of our knowledge of the Universe.
Inside the Solar System we have:
- A solar flare
- Mars at opposition
- Juno reached Jupiter
- Rosetta ended
In the Milky Way we have:
- Major data from Gaia
- Updates on several nebula and star clusters
- A close look of the Crab Nebula pulsar
- The discovery of a new Magnetar
We’ll go into what a magnetar is which will also lead us into a deep dive on how we used radio astronomy to piece together our galaxy’s rotation curve.
Beyond the galaxy, we have some beautiful photographs of:
- Nebula inside orbiting galaxies
- The discovery of Eta Carina twins
- A skyrocket galaxy
- A report from a Great Observatories Survey that has changed the number of galaxies we believe exist in the Universe.
We’ll end with a look at the Palomar Observatory and its new Zwicky Transit Facility that can cover the whole sky in 8 hours; compare one day to the next; and report differences of any kind. It’s great for finding things like distance supernova to nearby asteroids.