Podcaster: Mel Blake
Organization: UNA Planetarium
Description: Like people, stars like to pair up, and in fact most stars occur in pairs called binary stars. Much of what we know about the masses and sizes of stars comes from studying these pairs. Jut like people, you can also often have odd couples , with normal and exotic stars paired up for interesting combinations. they can even lead to celestial fireworks. One thing is true for all binary stars is that they are held together by mutual attraction, just like the happy couples on Valentine’s Day.
Bio: Dr. Mel Blake. I am from Newfoundland, Canada. I received a PhD from York University is Toronto, Canada and I am currently director of the University of North Alabama Planetarium and Observatory. I am an Associate professor in the department of Physics and earth Science. My research interests include binary stars and star clusters.
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