Dr. Pitts and Dave Heller recap their top astronomy stories of 2017:
Astronomers were elated this year when the three operational gravitational wave observatories around the world all reported detecting gravitational waves from the collision of neutron stars and interactions between super-lightweight black holes in the outer reaches of the universe, adding yet another layer to our understanding of how the universe was created and has evolved.
This year, the continental United States experienced its first trans-continental total eclipse in nearly 100 years. It was intentionally observed by more people than any other science event in history. The next total solar eclipse visible in the US will occur on April 8, 2024.
In 2018, watch for the scheduled launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.