Weekly Space Hangout – November 18, 2016: Dr. Jason Wright and Tabby’s Star

Article written: 18 Nov , 2016
Updated: 27 Mar , 2017
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Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain)

Special Guest:
Dr. Jason Wright is Professor in Penn State University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Jason studies nearby stars, their ages and activity levels, and their planetary systems (exoplanets.) Jason also does a lot of outreach and research about Tabby’s Star (the “”alien magastructure”” star.)

Guests:

Kimberly Cartier ( KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier )
Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg)

Their stories this week:

The tilting of Pluto

GOES-R weather satellite

More about Saturn’s hexagon

High-energy electron shenanigans around Earth

Close-ups of Ceres’ bright spot

Great Valley found on a shrinking Mercury

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