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Harvard University: Cara Battersby: The Wild West of Star Formation

We saddle up to explore the extreme center of our Milky Way galaxy – one of the wildest sections of the outer-space frontier. Our Galactic center is a chaotic region containing dense gas, stars, and the biggest bully around these parts: a supermassive black hole. The normal rules for star formation don’t apply here, and …

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Harvard University: Where Do Planets Come From with Anjali Tripathi | CfA

Understanding the birthplaces of planets is an ongoing mystery. Planets have been predicted to form from disks of gas and dust around young stars. New observations of these protoplanetary disks offer exciting evidence for planet formation in action. Speaker: Anjali Tripathi  

Harvard University: Rediscovering Pluto with J. Kelly Beatty

In mid-July, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto after a 9½-year journey. But really this historic encounter has been 85 years in the making, ever since 24-year-old Clyde Tombaugh discovered this enigmatic body at the edge of our planetary system. Today we realize that Pluto is among the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt, …

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Ruth Murray-Clay: Jupiter & Mars Return

The King of Planets and the God of War dominate the night sky this spring. These two neighboring worlds contrast each other dramatically – one small and rocky, one huge and gaseous. Learn about the differences between gas-giant and terrestrial planets, both in our solar system and beyond. Speaker: Ruth Murray-Clay. The CfA is a …

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Avi Loeb: The Past and Future of Our Universe

Published on Mar 27, 2014 As the expansion of the universe accelerates, every galaxy that now fills the night sky will pass beyond our visible horizon. Cosmology will no longer be an observational science because all we will be able to observe is our own galaxy. At that time, will we have to take the …

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David Aguilar: Alien Worlds

Published on Mar 7, 2014 Are we alone? Or could life on alien worlds really exist? David A. Aguilar, space artist extraordinaire, shows readers what creatures living on extrasolar planets might be like, in his National Geographic children’s book “Alien Worlds: Your Guide to Extraterrestrial Life.” Here he describes the process of applying real-world astronomy, …

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