Walkabout the Galaxy
Asteroid Florence, Tabby's Star, LIGO, neutron star collisions
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
Asteroid Florence with her two mini-moons pays a visit to the Earth, while Tabby's Star continues to mystify with its unpredictable fluctuations in brightness. The astroquarks also cover the latest LIGO rumors about the detection of neutron star collisions, expanding the realm of gravitational wave astronomy. Plus Nerd News and Space Trivia!
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Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Cooney, James, "Florence and the LIGO Machine" (2017). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 27.