Black Holes everywhere! In May the 2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics was awarded for pioneering research in the role of black holes in galaxies and their environments. Read a related review in The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review.
The second year in a row the Physics Nobel Prize goes to astronomers (and a mathematical physicist)! While we have had indirect and direct proofs of their existence, and last year even an image of a black hole, the exquisite precision of observations of the stars orbiting Sagittarius A* that facilitated this Nobel Prize would not have been possible without the ingenuity of scientists and engineers in Astronomy’s Quest for Sharp Images, which is the title of Pierre Léna’s latest book.
The Solar Physics community celebrated various missions, like the launch of Solar Orbiter, 10 years of SDO and first results from DKIST. Stay tuned for our forthcoming publications.
Further highlights of the year were several Mars Missions, like Mars 2020. Read more in our Mars Campaign page.
In October NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s touch-and-go event took place on asteroid Bennu to collect samples of material as old as the solar system – the results expected in 2023, 2024 will be mind-boggling.
And just a few days later NASA announced that its “Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon”. Great news for planned moon bases on which our authors are preparing books – stay tuned.
Dr. Ramon Khanna, Executive Editor (Books)
Frank Schulz, Editor (Journals)