Sunday, October 11, 2009

Oct 7 Recap

Today's host was Dr. Chris Ryan.

1. Nobel Prize in Physics
Half of the Nobel Prize in Physics is rewarded to Willard Boyle and George Smith for their development of the charge-coupled device (CCD). We all know how important CCD is to astronomy. Read the nature news here.

An interesting article in The Globe and Mail speculated about who would win the Nobel Prize if the Prize is to be rewarded to the discovery of "exoplanets". The article uncovered the melodrama story of two Canadian astronomers, Gordon Walker and Bruce Campbell, who were the pioneers of the world's most successful search technique for exoplanets.

Read the article here. You can check out their work at 17th CASCA meeting, at 170th AAS meeting,  and 1988ApJ331.902.

2. New results show Kepler space telescope's extraordinary scientific capabilities. Read NASA news here, or for a more explicative article in Science magazine here.

3. Spitzer Space Telescope discovered a faint ring around Saturn that stretches out millions of kilometers into space. Read nature news here.

4. NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found another meteorite. Read the story here.

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