Image: NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI)
Speed Kills
Speed Kills

Skytalk is hosted by WHYY's Dave Heller. Each week he discusses the latest news in astronomy with Dr. Derrick H. Pitts of the Franklin Institute.

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Image: NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI)

Speed Kills

The more scientists learn about black holes, the more the findings confirm the warning: Speed kills. The black hole ASASSN-14li lie ...

Air Date: January 12, 2019

Listen 07:49
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Ultima Thule

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft continues its sojourn through the outer reaches of our solar system. For the next 20 months, it will ...

Air Date: January 5, 2019

Listen 07:42

Going, Going, Gone

Enjoy them while you can, because according to a new analysis of data from the Keck 10 meter telescope at Mauna Kea, Saturn’s rings ...

Air Date: December 26, 2018

Listen 08:27
Artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Adieu to Voyager 2

41 years since it left Earth in the rear view mirror, NASA’s Voyager 2 bids adieu to our solar system. Earlier this week, engineers ...

Air Date: December 13, 2018

The Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda Messier 31 M31.

Going in Circles

This week, astronomers are studying a pair of stars that rotate around their common point once every 3 hours. The stars are buried ...

Air Date: November 10, 2018

Listen 05:25

Fall Back

Enjoy an earlier sunrise starting Sunday morning, when our area reverts to Eastern Standard Time. The earlier sunsets affords oppor ...

Air Date: November 2, 2018

Listen 06:38
Image: NASA

Sun Day

Our sun, some 865,000 miles in diameter, rotates once every 30-35 days or so; fairly normal for a star like ours. Contrast that wit ...

Air Date: October 29, 2018

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Shooting Stars

Buried in the data from European Space Agency’s Gaia Survey satellite, astronomers from Leiden University in the Netherlands discov ...

Air Date: October 16, 2018

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Image: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

The Goblin

Scientists who confirmed the existence of 2015 TG387 out beyond the Kuiper Belt believe its orbit offers the best evidence of the existe ...

Air Date: October 9, 2018

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