Cross-section of icy moon generated by a model

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In this issue, we look at NASA's DART mission in terms of planetary defence and citizen science, and peer into an icy moon (pictured right). In addition, JWST takes us back to the early Universe...


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    The global climate crisis has prompted the astronomy community in recent years to assess, primarily, the impact of its activities upon climate change, and secondarily, the impact of climate change upon astronomy. Collectively, these articles demonstrate that the research community needs to take rapid action in order to limit the impact on the climate and create a sustainable future for astronomy.

  • Sample from the asteroid Ryugu

    This Collection gathers all the research published in the Nature Portfolio journals on the analysis of the sample from carbonaceous asteroid Ryugu returned by the Japanese Space Agency JAXA spacecraft Hayabusa2 in December 2020, together with related Commentary pieces.

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  • A Bayesian approach to comparing the effects of accretion disks, dark matter or clouds of ultra-light bosons on gravitational waveforms from a black hole binary system concludes that detectors such as LISA can distinguish between these environments.

    • Philippa S. Cole
    • Gianfranco Bertone
    • Giovanni Maria Tomaselli
  • Strong X-ray emission from a population of radio jets shows variability that supports a model of synchrotron emission by a secondary population of electrons boosted to teraelectronvolt energies within a small volume of a jet.

    • Eileen T. Meyer
    • Aamil Shaik
    • Max Trevor
  • An analysis of 1,055 planets around main sequence stars identifies three subsamples of star–planet synchronization: subsynchronized, dominant for periods shorter than 6.2 days; supersynchronized, for periods longer than 13.5 days; and a transitional regime in between. Synchronized systems are a minority, contrary to eclipsing binaries.

    • Bruno L. Canto Martins
    • Yuri S. Messias
    • José R. De Medeiros
  • Torsional waves extend into the deep interior of Jupiter where they can modulate the outgoing heat flux and couple with Jupiter’s weather layer to generate the observed quasi-periodic oscillations in the cloud deck. Such waves can be used to explore the interior structure of gas giants.

    • Kumiko Hori
    • Chris A. Jones
    • Steven M. Tobias
  • A year of science from the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer has brought results that are stimulating a re-examination of theoretical models of astrophysical sources.

    • Martin C. Weisskopf
    • Paolo Soffitta
    • Philip Kaaret
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  • Reports of four galaxies from when the Universe was 2% of its current age are as exciting as they are puzzling — leading scientists to question our galaxy formation and evolution models.

  • A change in policy that has allowed the public to use the Thiruvananthapuram Astronomical Observatory has brought about a consistent increase in visitors that is being spurred on by recent celestial events, such as the appearance of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).

    • R. Jayakrishnan

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