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Seeing Stars and Planets

It’s hot, too darn hot! And bright, too darn bright! But over-the-top photon flux doesn’t stop scientists from studying the sun. And solar eclipses are an ideal time for observing our favorite nuclear reactor. Discover what it was like to observe totality during the 2009 China solar eclipse. Plus, how a star is born … the latest from the NASA Kepler mission to seek Earth-like planets … and, planet-hunter extraordinaire Mike Brown discovers the tenth planet: an icy body beyond Pluto. This program is also available on the Seti site.

Guests:
Betsy Barton: Astronomer, University of California, Irvine and member TMT Science Advisory Committee
Mike Brown: Planetary Astronomer, California Institute of Technology

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