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What's in a Name?

A recently discovered astral entity is renamed a second time.

What's in a Name?

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/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute via AP

What’s in a Name?

Following its Pluto encounter in 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was pushing on into the Kuiper Belt, aiming toward an object ...

Air Date: November 16, 2019

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In this 1981 file photo, astronomer Carl Sagan speaks during a lecture. On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Cornell University announced that its Institute for Pale Blue Dots is to be renamed the Carl Sagan Institute. Sagan was famous for extolling the grandeur of the universe in books and shows like

Happy Birthday, Carl!

November 9th marks the anniversary of legendary astronomer Carl Sagan’s birth. Sagan was known for his wonderfully poetic way of ex ...

Air Date: November 9, 2019

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NASA/Bill Ingalls

Special Delivery

An International Space Station Resupply Mission is scheduled to launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spacep ...

Air Date: November 2, 2019

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Image: NASA Goddard

Matter Barely Matters

This Thursday is Halloween…and Dark Matter Day! Dark matter-themed events are being organized by labs and institutions around the w ...

Air Date: October 26, 2019

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Growing Young Green Corn Seedling Sprouts in Cultivated Agricultural Farm Field

Dinner on Mars?

A group of researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have successfully grown edible food crops in soils that simulate the s ...

Air Date: October 19, 2019

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Keeping Score

Saturn pulls ahead of Jupiter in the number of moons detected – current score: 82 to 79 Researchers recently announce ...

Air Date: October 12, 2019

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Dr. Robert H. Goddard is pictured working on his experimental rockets in Roswell, N.M. in an undated photo. (AP Photo)

Rocket Man

Saturday, October 5th is the 132nd birth anniversary of rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard. His was the first liquid-fueled rocket to prove ...

Air Date: October 5, 2019

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 Leonard Nimoy as Captain Spock in Star Trek, 1966.  (Photo by CBS)

Star Trekkin’

The TV series ‘Star Trek’ premiered 53 years ago. The original series only lasted three seasons on prime time, but really hit ...

Air Date: September 7, 2019

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Sirius - brightest star seen from the Earth, photographed through a telescope.

Woof Woof

Sirious, also known as the “Dog Star”, is visible in the pre-dawn sky this time of year; hence the term “dog days of su ...

Air Date: August 24, 2019

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Laying in Wait

Tardigrades, also called water bears because of their microscopic teddy or panda bear-like appearance have been known to exist in a dorma ...

Air Date: August 10, 2019

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