Top 10 Highlights Of What 2019 Will Hold For Science

Two of the possible models that can successfully fit the Event Horizon Telescope data thus far, as of earlier in 2018. Both show an off-center, asymmetric event horizon that’s enlarged versus the Schwarzschild radius, consistent with the predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity. A full image has not yet been released to the general public, but is expected in 2019.R.-S. LU ET AL, APJ 859, 1

Every year, unexpected scientific discoveries challenge what we know.

Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. This feature has never been seen before and is probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star, one of the many unexpected scientific results to emerge from ALMA.ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. MAERCKER ET AL.

But there’s plenty to anticipate that’s fully expected, too.

The area shown in red, here, will get to observe the total lunar eclipse of 2019 in January from Earth. This includes everyone in North and South America with clear skies.TIMEANDDATE.COM

Here are 10 surefire highlights coming in 2019.

On January 1st, 2019, shortly after the switch into the new year, New Horizons will make its close pass of Ultima Thule. Its nature, appearance, and composition will all be determined in 2019.NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI/ALEX PARKER