This is a very special week for Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, as we welcome out first-ever video guest to the show. To kick things off, we have a special guest, as I interview Dr. Steven D’Hondt, of the University of Rhode Island. He led the first two drilling expeditions ever designed specifically to search for life under the ocean floor. A new study suggests his work could show us what to look for in the search for life on Mars.
In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we also learn that Earth will soon be visited by an asteroid the size on Manhattan – but don't worry – it's wearing a face mask! Next, we solve the mystery of a missing planet, and we learn how studying oceans on alien worlds would make for a high-pressure environment.Watch the video version of this episode:
Next week (May 5), we are fortunate enough to talk to Dr. Anne Virkki, head of Planetary Radar at the Arecibo Observatory. This accomplished astronomer discovered the “face mask” on asteroid 1998 OR2, which will safely pass Earth on April 29.
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