María José Villarreal Gómez

Hubble spots the most distant star ever detected!

When the light we see from the star Earendel was emitted, the universe was less than a billion years old. But, during the almost 13 billion years it took the light to reach us, the universe has expanded so that it is now a staggering 28 billion light-years away! Link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-spot-the-most-distant-individual-star-ever-detected-in-outer-space-180979847/

State of NASA Astrobiology 2022

From NASA’s successful missions on the Red Planet, to more distant potentially habitable worlds like to Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Titan, and even to developing techniques to look for biosignatures; read more about NASA’s Astrobiology Program here! Link: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/news/state-of-nasa-astrobiology-2022/

Color Catalogue of Life in Ice

A reference database to enable our search for life on the surface of icy exoplanets and exomoons by using records from Earth’s icy biota is missing, so this team developed a spectra catalogue of life in ice to facilitate the search for extraterrestrial signs of life. Link: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ast.2021.0008

International Women’s Day

Jennifer Lobo from the Science and Industry Museum at Manchester spoke to some of their women volunteers who work in fields related to STEM. Click below to read more about their experiences! Link: https://blog.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/international-womens-day-women-in-stem/#:~:text=March%208%20is%20International%20Women’s,and%20raising%20awareness%20against%20bias.

7 Earth-Size Planets

Since the first announcement five years ago, subsequent studies have revealed a lot about the TRAPPIST-1 system. But, a real game-changer will be the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope, which will look for signs of atmospheres on the TRAPPIST-1 planets. Link: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/day-of-discovery-7-earth-size-planets

The largest solar eruption ever captured

Studying the sun and its processes aids in understanding the distribution of life within our solar system. A mass solar eruption took place two weeks ago, captured by the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft (fortunately in a direction away from us!) Link: https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Solar_Orbiter/Giant_solar_eruption_seen_by_Solar_Orbiter

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