May 12th:An Interstellar Visitor

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Podcaster: Rob Sparks & Dr. Jayadev Rajagopal

NOAO-365--BIGTitle:  An Interstellar Visitor

Organization: NOAO

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Description: The first asteroids in our solar system were discovered in the early 1800s. It has long been known that occasionally our solar system ejects debris into interstellar space and the other solar systems should exhibit similar behavior. Recently astronomers discovered an asteroid that originates outside our solar sytem. In This podcast, Dr. Jayadeve Rajagopal discusses this first interstellar visitor which has been named Oumuamua.

Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (, providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at

Dr. Jayadev Rajagopal is a staff astronomer at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona.
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