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.
August 2016 - Ka Chun Yu and Steve Leeare our presenters this month.
Ka Chun focuses on the recent announcement of a planet found in the habitable zone around our solar systems nearest star.
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us - and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.
Steve's first story brings us up to date on what's happening with the Mars' rovers. Opportunity has collected panorama images of "Lewis and Clark Gap" and "Wharton Ridge" on its journey along the rim of Endeavour crater. Meanwhile, Curiosity rover is approaching its next drilling site at Gale Crater. Not to be out done by Opportunity, Curiosity completed a stunning 360-degree color panorama of Murray Buttes.
In his next story, Steve talks about the latest news from the Juno mission to Jupiter, the upcoming launch of the asteroid sample return mission OSIRIS-REx, and damage caused by a micrometeroied to the solar panel of ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite.
Ka Chun Yu - Planet Found in Habitable Zone
Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Update
Steve Lee - Mission Updates: Juno, OSIRIS-Rex, and Sentinel-1A
Links to Ka Chun's story:
Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star
Links to Steve's stories:
Opportunity Mission Updates
Curiosity Mission Updates
Juno gets its closest look at Jupiter
OSIRIS-REx Latest News
Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle