1. The orbital parameters of the gamma-ray binary LMC P3† van Soelen, B., Komin, N., Kniazev, A., Väisänen, P., 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
2. Proper motions and dynamics of the Milky Way globular cluster system from Gaia DR2 Vasiliev, Eugene, 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
3. Radiation intensity and polarization in an atmosphere with a chaotic magnetic field Silant'ev, N. A., Alekseeva, G. A., Ananjevskaja, Yu K., 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
4. Spectroscopic study of the extremely young O-type triple system Herschel 36 A in the Hourglass nebula - I. Orbital properties Campillay, Abdo R., Arias, Julia I., Barbá, Rodolfo H., Morrell, Nidia I., Gamen, Roberto C., Maíz Apellániz, Jesús, 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
5. Exploring the role of X-ray reprocessing and irradiation in the anomalous bright optical outbursts of A0538-66 Ducci, L., Mereghetti, S., Hryniewicz, K., Santangelo, A., Romano, P., 2019, Astronomy and Astrophysics
Selected on Thursday, 16 May 2019 from a total of 793 papers published last month in ApJ, AJ, MNRAS and A&A.
We meet every Monday at 2pm at the McGill Space Institute to discuss 5 random astrophysics papers.
The goal of Random Papers is to gain a broad view of current astrophysics research. Each week we run a script to choose 5 random papers published in the last month in refereed astrophysics journals. This gives a different slice of the literature than the typical astro-ph discussion, with papers from outside our own research areas or those that might not otherwise be chosen for discussion.
Rather than reading each paper in depth, the goal is to focus on the big picture, with questions such as: How would we summarize the paper in a few sentences? What are the key figures in the paper? What analysis methods are used? Why is this paper being written, and Why now?
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