2020 Golden Griffith Awards: Round 1
Each year Griffith Observatory's All Space Considered asks our audience to vote for their favorite stories from the American Astronomical Society meeting, the "Superbowl of Astronomy." This year marked the 235th AAS meeting, held in Honolulu, HI, 4-8 January 2020.
Pick your favorite story in each category from this year's AAS. The top two stories from each section will move on to the semifinals.
The Golden Griffith Awards will be presented at the March 2020 All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory on Friday, 6 March 2020. Round 1 of voting closes on 21 February, 2020.
Vote early. Vote often.
Massive Compact Objects
ALMA sees glowing gas surrounding two supermassive black holes in a merging galaxy.
Astronomers have located the origin of a repeating Fast Radio Burst in a nearby spiral galaxy. It is the second FRB to be localized and the closest observed FRB to Earth.
The Chandra x-ray telescope analyzes changes in the jet created by Supermassive Black Hole M87*.
The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave observatories discuss the discovery of a second binary neutron star merger.
Galaxies and Cosmology
Hubble observes "Rubin's galaxy," a galaxy two and a half times wider than the Milky Way that contains a trillion stars.
A group of galaxies in the young universe shows the earliest direct evidence of stars reionizing hydrogen after the cosmic "dark ages."
Astronomers use precision measurements of gravitational lenses to estimate the rate of expansion of the universe.
Hubble detects smallest known dark matter clumps using gravitational lensing
Nearly half of newly-discovered black holes in dwarf galaxies are not at the centers of their galaxies.
The Milky Way
Astronomers discover the largest gaseous structure in our galaxy, dubbed the "Radcliffe Wave," made of interconnected stellar nurseries.
Interactions between the Milky Way galaxy and the Megallanic clouds spark the creation of a new generation of stars.
V Sagittae may explode around the year 2083 and shine as bright as Sirius.
TESS observers the eclipsing of Alpha Draconis, which was once earth's north star.
Researchers discuss new discoveries on the formation and evolution of the Swan Nebula.
Telescopes and Instrumentation
Researchers speak about the difficulties posed to radio astronomy by modern communication technologies, and the necessity of protecting allocated radio bands for science.
The astronomical community discusses the impacts of satellite mega-constellations, like SpaceX's Starlink, on research and the general public.
Astronomers celebrate thirty years of the Hubble Space Telescope with a discussion of its accomplishments, it cultural significance, and its future.
K dwarf stars may be "Goldilocks stars," the stars most likely to form life-friendly planets.
A junior in high school working a summer internship at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center finds the first planet observed by TESS to orbit two stars.
Researchers discuss the first data taken by NEID, and extreme precision radial velocity spectrometer. These observations will allow astronomers to detect exoplanets and determine their mass.
Researchers may have found a way for the James Webb Space Telescope to quickly identify oxygen in nearby exoplanetary atmospheres.
Astronomers analyze the first earth-sized planet in the habitable-zone of a star discovered by TESS.
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