Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images and animation available to help understand the latest developments.
July 2016 - Dimitri Klebe and Ka Chun Yu are our presenters this month.
Dimitri's first story focuses on a lecture he attended at the SPIE conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The title of the lecture was "Studying the Birth and the Fate of the Universe Using Multi-Object Spectroscopy". Originally presented by Hitoshi Murayama from UC Berkley, he looks at the composition of the Universe and the detection of dark matter and dark energy.
Next up, Dimitri talks about the second detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO detectors. Like LIGO's first detection, this event was identified within minutes of the gravitational wave's passing. Subsequent careful studies of the instruments and environments around the observatories showed that the signal seen in the two detectors was truly from distant black holes - some 1.4 billion light years away.
Dimitri's last story looks at the results of data gathered by ESA's LISA Pathfinder, a space-based mission studying gravitational waves.
Both of Ka Chun's stories this month come from observations made by the European Southern Observatory. First he looks at the most comprehensive view of the Orion Nebula to date produced by the HAWK-I infrared instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT).
Ka Chun's second story focuses on the direct imaging of the first planet ever found in a wide orbit inside a triple-star system.
Dimitri Klebe - SPIE Conference Lecture on the Fate of the Universe
Dimitri Klebe - Second Gravitational Wave Detection
Dimitri Klebe - LISA Pathfinder
Ka Chun Yu - Deepest Ever Look into Orion
Ka Chun Yu - A Surprising Planet with Three Suns
Links to Dimitri Stories:
SPIE Conference Lecture on the Fate of the Universe
Second Gravitational Wave Detection
Links to Ka Chun's stories:
Deepest Ever Look into Orion
A Surprising Planet with Three Suns