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Life and Death of Comets
With more awareness of comets and asteroids coming close to the Earth and even entering our atmosphere, it is crucial that we understand the life and death of these celestial bodies. Harvard-Smithsonian Professor John Raymond describes the way Sun-grazing comets come to an end. In particular, he gives us an account of the death of the Lovejoy comet that took place in December 2011 and how it was used to better understand the Sun’s corona.
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Mysterious Radio Bursts, Sent From Deep Space
Reporting in Science, researchers including WVU
physics post-docs Sam Bates and Lina Levin write of discovering four radio bursts from outer space. WVU
professors Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin were on the team that detected the first such explosion in 2007. On NPR
’s Science Friday, Dr. Lorimer discusses what could be causing these radio signals, such as evaporating black holes, an idea proposed by Stephen Hawking in the 1970s.
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