Please find this month’s research and news items attached below, along with the star charts too.
It’s almost the summer solstice, but far from it here in Wellington tonight!
We had a week of hot weather that was very humid and now cool south-westerly! Forget seeing the stars for a while here!
If you happen to be in Nelson over the holiday break this sounds great.
Rocket Lab is building a second launch pad.
The Benefits of a dark sky reserve in the Wairarapa
I’m interesting to read the one on Exo moons tonight, and as always there is a range of interesting things to catch up on. A look at the evolution of the solar system, and again some interesting papers on exo planets and Red Dwarfs, along with a look at quantum mechanics.
Andrew also has a few updates I have included as well looking at Mars and other subjects.
I hope you all have a great holiday and Christmas break
This months research
Hidden Planets Implications from Oumuamua and DSHARP
The Search for Living Worlds and the Connection to Our Cosmic Origins
HERITAGE a Monte Carlo code to evaluate the viability of interstellar travels using a multi-generational crew
Revisiting the cosmic-ray induced Venusian radiation dose in the context of habitability
The Transits of Extrasolar Planets with Moons
Photometry of an unusual small distant object 2016 ND21
Distribution and Energy Balance of Pluto's Nitrogen Ice, as seen by New Horizons in 2015
Atmospheres for Potentially Habitable Environments on TRAPPIST-1 Planets
retrieving exoplanet atmospheric winds from high-resolution spectroscopy
Simulated Direct Imaging Detection of Water Vapor For Exo-Earths
Future stellar flybys of the Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft
Habitable Age Instead of Location for Terrestrial Worlds
Climate bistability of Earth-like exoplanets
Do the TRAPPIST-1 Planets Have Hydrogen-rich Atmospheres?
Detection of a wide orbit planetary mass companion to a solar-type Sco-Cen member
Why Are We Obsessed with "Understanding" Quantum Mechanics?
Can close-in giant exoplanets preserve detectable moons
A record of the final phase of giant planet migration
"Identifying Candidate Atmospheres on Rocky M Dwarf Planets via Eclipse Photometry," Daniel D. B. Koll et al., 2019, Astrophysical Journal [http://apj.aas.org, preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.13138].
* "Identifying Atmospheres on Rocky Exoplanets Through Inferred High Albedo," Megan Mansfield et al., 2019, Astrophysical Journal [http://apj.aas.org, preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.13150].
* "Analyzing Atmospheric Temperature Profiles and Spectra of M Dwarf Rocky Planets," Matej Malik et al., 2019, Astrophysical Journal [http://apj.aas.org, preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.13135].
* "A Scaling Theory for Atmospheric Heat Redistribution on Rocky Exoplanets," Daniel D. B. Koll, 2019, Astrophysical Journal [http://apj.aas.org, preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.13145].