Astronomer Announces He Has Discovered … Mars

Mars will spend March in the southeastern pre-dawn sky - rising every morning about 3 a.m. local time.

Mars will spend March in the southeastern pre-dawn sky – rising every morning about 3 a.m. local time.(Image: © Starry Night software)

Astronomer Peter Dunsby just made a groundbreaking discovery, after noticing a very bright “star” pop up in his field of view at an observatory at the University of Cape Town that was not present two weeks prior.

Too bad Dunsby was perhaps thousands of years late … the bright object was the planet Mars. Though no one knows for sure who discovered the Red Planet, Galileo Galilei observed the giant red orb — whose diameter spans a whopping 4,222 miles (6,794 km) — in 1609; and Martian fascination has arguably not waned since.

Before realizing his marvelous mistake, Dunsby posted a note on the Astronomer’s Telegram, a publication for very short (under 4,000 characters) reports by astronomers, detailing his observations, in which he described the bright object had shown up between the Lagoon and Trifid nebulas, both nestled in the constellation Sagittarius.

About 40 minutres later, the Telegram issued a correction: “The object reported in ATel 11448 has been identified as Mars. Our sincere apologies for the earlier report and the inconvenience caused.”

And, not to let Dunsby go quietly into the night, the Telegram also sent out a cheeky tweet: “For Discovery of Mars.  Congratulations, Prof.  Peter Dunsby!”

For Discovery of Mars. Congratulations, Prof. Peter Dunsby! cc @peterdunsby

As for why Mars showed up in Dunsby’s field of view, the blood-red planet, like Earth, makes a trek around the sun — though in a different orbit from our own.

Here’s the full telegram that Dunsby published March 20:

“Peter Dunsby (University of Cape Town) reports the detection of a very bright optical transient in the region between the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae based on observations obtained from Cape Town on 20 March 2018, between 01:00 and 03:45 UT. The object was visible throughout the full duration of the observations and not seen when this field was observed previously (08 March 2018). The optical transients is at least first magnitude and is located at the following coordinates: RA (2000): 18h 04m 50s Declination (2000.0): -23d 29m 58s The coordinates are accurate to a few arcseconds. There is no obvious counterpart at this position on the Digital Sky Survey plates. Observations were obtained using an 80mm refractor. The attached URL show the image of this field (2.3 x 1.7 degrees, plate scale of 9 arcseconds per pixel) on 20 March 2018. The optical transient is the brightest star in the field. Further observations are strongly encouraged to establish the nature of this very bright optical transient.

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[Rumor] First Aquaman Trailer To Roll Out At San Diego Comic-Con 2018

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New rumors suggest the first Aquaman trailer will likely get rolled out in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con 2018 event. Notably, Hall H is where the real magic happens, with major film studios bringing out exclusive footage and trailers from the worlds of Marvel, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, DC’s big-screen superheroes and more. The San Diego Comic-Con 2018 event is set to kick off on Thursday, July 19, 2018, and it will run until Sunday, July 22, 2018.

The Wrap’s film reporter Umberto Gonzalez revealed the information via a tweet.  Gonzalez’s tweet was in reply to a Twitter user’s question asking where the Aquamantrailer is. Gonzalez replied back revealing that the first Aquaman trailer will be launched at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con 2018 event. “sdcc 2018 hall h panel,” the tweet read.

It was previously reported that the first Aquaman trailer will be released during the Warner Bros. panel on Saturday, March 24, at the WonderCon Anaheim 2018 event. It remains to be seen when Warner Bros. and DC Films’ will launch the trailer of its solo movie lined up for the year.

Talking more about Aquaman, expectations from the James Wan-directed project are very high considering the fact that the film’s early test screenings got positive feedback from the audiences. The audiences claim to have loved the movie and also praised the action-packed emotional story. DC Films is hopeful that the upcoming film will help to get back the momentum it gained with the well-received Wonder Woman film.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa playing Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson playing Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Temuera Morrison playing Aquaman’s father, Thomas Curry, and Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother, Queen Atlanna.

The film will land in theatres on December 21, 2018.