Weekly Space Hangout – Aug. 16, 2013

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Host: Fraser Cain

Panel: Brian Koberlein, David Dickinson, Nancy Atkinson, Nicole Gugliucci

CIA Comes Clean About Area 51
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
Space Fence Shut Down
Magnetar Discovered Near the Galactic Core
IAU Updates Their Naming Policy
Bright Nova in Delphinus

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3 Replies to “Weekly Space Hangout – Aug. 16, 2013”

  1. The connection between the magnetar and the magnetic field of the galactic SMBH is interesting.

    1. I recently saw an article that described how astronomers looking at polarized emission from the newly discovered magnetar PSR J1745-2900, which orbits within 10pc of Sgr A*, were able to determine the strength of the magnetic field near the SMBH: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-strong-magnetic-field-milky-black.html

      The paper cited in the article mentions that it should be possible to follow the magnetar in its orbit around Sgr A* using VLBI, an exciting prospect: http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.3147

      1. Thanks for the reference. This seems very interesting and worth taking a deeper look at.

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