Astronomy Rewind: June 2019

Bumble Bees In Space, Dark Monopoles, Falcon Heavy Launch, And More!

Vaishnavi Murali
Jul 2, 2019 · 7 min read

“I Would Like to Die on Mars, Just Not on Impact."

— Elon Musk

We are already halfway into 2019, and our yearning to explore the universe isn’t stopping anytime soon. From exploding asteroids to breathtaking SpaceX launches, and ISS astronauts homecoming, June was quite an action-packed month, not to mention all the baffling discoveries from various space missions.

Top Highlights

  • Dark Monopoles, A New Candidate For Dark Matter?
A simulation of the large-scale structure of the universe with filaments of dark matter in blue and places of galaxy formation in yellow. Dark matter cannot yet be detected directly. UC Davis physicists have proposed a new model to explain it. (Image: Zarija Lukic/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
This is an artist’s concept depicting the presence of buckyballs in space. Buckyballs, which consist of 60 carbon atoms arranged like soccer balls, have been detected in space before by scientists using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
A close-up of the Astrobee, Bumble named after a fleet of bumble bees. Image courtesy popsci.com
The first detection of polarized radio waves from gamma-ray burst sheds light on collapsing stars (Image credit: Dr Kitty Yeung)
An image of Jupiter and Saturn, courtesy explorecuriocity.org

Mission Updates

There have been several significant launches and mission updates in June, the most important ones summarized here!

SpaceX Falcon Heavy gets launched into the sky on June 25, 2019. Image courtesy of qz.com
China’s Long March 11 launch on June 5, 2019. Image courtesy of CASC
NASA’s 2020 Mars rover gets its wheels attached. Image courtesy mars.nasa.gov
Ariane 5 gets launched on June 20. Image courtesy europeanaviationnetwork.com

Image Of The Month

This multi-panel image shows how different wavelengths of light can reveal different features of a cosmic object. On the left is a visible light image of the Whirlpool galaxy. The next image combines visible and infrared light, while the two on the right show different wavelengths of infrared light. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech . Visit the link for more details- https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA23128

Bonus (Cuz, It’s Breathtaking!)

The Atlas Of Space. This map of the solar system shows the precise orbital patterns of 18,000 celestial objects! Map created by Eleanor Lutz.

Pop Corner

Mr Musk turned 48 on 28th June 2019. Here’s a minimalistic tribute to his legacy. Poster designed by Karthikeyan.

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