Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 10 Recap

Thanks everyone for the stimulating conversation. Here is a list of the talking points covered at this past meeting.

In a press release from the Max-Planck Institute, astronomers have spectroscopically confirmed the highest redshift galaxy cluster at z=1.62. Click here for the press release and here for the arXiv manuscript.

The Large Magellanic Cloud has provided astronomers with the first direct observation of a runaway star. Kicked out of its stellar nursery, the star has traveled roughly 120pc. Here is the universe today, which has links to the published article.

A candidate for the 'recoiling blackhole' theory has been discovered using a combination of X-ray and optical observations. Find the article here.

NASA's Voyager 2 (out at 13 billion km from earth) has run into some technical glitches with its science data. Let's stay vigilant.

ESA's Herchel Infrared Space Telescope has begun officially releasing data, find many new press releases here.

See you all at the next meeting!

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