While nothing is ever certain about the future, here are 10 great achievements you can bet on.
Every year, unexpected scientific discoveries challenge what we know.
But there’s plenty to anticipate that’s fully expected, too.
Here are 10 surefire highlights coming in 2019.
10.) New Horizons flies past Ultima Thule, showing us our first pristine relic from the Solar System’s formation.
9.) A supermoon lunar eclipse, visible on January 20/21, includes all of North and South America.
8.) Advanced LIGO returns, upgraded, anticipating multiple new events every week.
7.) The Event Horizon Telescope should release the first (and second) images of a black hole’s event horizon.
6.) The Parker Solar Probe will make two close approaches to the Sun, teaching us how stars work in situ.
5.) The United States will launch their first crewed missions to space since 2011’s final Space Shuttle, via SpaceX and Boeing.
4.) China’s Chang’e-5 will become the first mission since 1976 to collect and return samples from the Moon.
3.) The LHC will begin upgrading their magnets, pushing protons to collision energies of 14 TeV.
2.) NASA’s Juno has successfully imaged all of Jupiter, and could release a superior Jovian map.
1.) ExoMars and Curiosity will team up to observe trace gases like methane.
Is it biologically or geologically caused? Only the science of the 2020s can reveal that.
Mostly Mute Monday tells the scientific story of an astronomical wonder in images, visuals, and no more than 200 words. I’m looking forward to the MicroBooNe results, too. Talk less; smile more.Ethan Siegel is the author of Beyond the Galaxy and Treknology. You can pre-order his third book, currently in development: the Encyclopaedia Cosmologica.