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.
February 2018 - Ka Chun Yu is our presenter this month.
Ka Chun's first story this month looks at the recent discovery of a powerful stellar flare from the star Proxima Centauri. Such a flare raises questions about the habitability of the Proxima b, the closest exoplanet to our solar system.
Ka Chun's next story looks at three papers released from Illustris: TNG projects. For almost a decade a team of astrophysists have been working on a project to simulate the evolution of the universe, from just after the Big Bang to the present day.
Illustrus: TNG, used new computational methods to create the most information-packed universe-scale simulation ever produced. The new tool provides fresh insights into how black holes influence the distribution of dark matter, how heavy elements are produced and distributed throughout the cosmos, and where magnetic fields originate.
In his final story, Ka Chun looks at a recent Hubble finding that shows the universe to be expanding faster now than was expected from its trajectory seen shortly after the Big Bang.
Ka Chun Yu - Flares from Proxima Centauri
Runtime - 5:18
Ka Chun Yu - Illustris: The Next Generation
Runtime - 12:44
Ka Chun Yu - Re-measuring Hubble's Constant
Runtime - 33:29
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