Top 10 Astronomy Stories from 2021

Source: webpage – “We’re Going Back to Venus! NASA Announces Two New Missions by 2030.”

Before we get too far into 2022, it is worth considering some of the top astronomy stories from 2021. put together a nice list that I highlighted below.

  1. Discovery of Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein: “…It may be 10 times wider and 1,000 times more massive than a typical comet.”
  2. Amateur astronomer discovers a new moon around Jupiter: “The new moon, called EJc0061, belongs to the Carme group of Jovian moons.”
  3. NASA will return to Venus this decade: “…NASA has not launched a dedicated mission to the planet since 1989.”
  4. The sun is reawakening: “In early November, for instance, a series of solar outbursts triggered a large geomagnetic storm on our planet.”
  5. James Webb Space Telescope flies into space: “…JWST is heading to an observational perch located about a million miles from our planet.”
  6. Event Horizon Telescope takes high-resolution image of black hole jet: “The end result is a resolution that is 16 times sharper and an image that is 10 times more accurate than what was possible before.”
  7. Scientists spot the closest-known black hole to Earth: “Just 1,500 light-years from Earth…”
  8. Earth’s second ‘moon’ flies off into space: “…the object, known as 2020 SO, is a leftover fragment of a 1960s rocket booster from the American Surveyor moon missions.”
  9. Parker Solar Probe travels through the sun’s atmosphere: “The probe managed to get as low as 15 solar radii, or 8.1 million miles (13 million km) from the sun’s surface.”
  10. Perseverance begins studying rocks on Mars: “Perseverance is taking its observations from the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater, which was home to a river delta and a deep lake billions of years ago.”

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