The amazing story of 'superstar' Eta Carinae

Weekend Variety Wireless 19/08/2018
Eta Carinae Nebular. Credit: Ivan Eder.

Astronomer Grant Christie joins Graeme Hill to talk the latest in astronomy news.

Dr Christie dicusses how faint echoes of light illuminate what really happened during the Great Eruption of Eta Carinae in the 1840s.

If you want to take a look at Eta Carinae's history yourself click here.

Dr Christie also explores a recent optical navigation from Hayabusa2’s first gravity measurement of the asteroid Ryugu.

54 images have been captured from Hayabusa2’s first descent toward Ryugu, which brought it as low as 851 meters away from the asteroid’s surface.

Take a look at the animation here.

Graeme and Dr Christie then explore the martian moon, Phobos.

Mars solar eclipse. CreditL NASA, Curiosity.

The moon passed in front of the sun resulting in a solar eclipse. Said eclipse was captured from the surface of mars.

Take a look at an animation of the martian eclipse here

Listen to the full interview with Dr Grant Christie above.

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